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Opening Reception: Life of an American Ruin: Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion
Oct 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
In the first exhibition devoted exclusively to Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion, The City Reliquary Museum explores the importance of ruins in the modern age and the Pavilion as a site for personal inspiration, contemplation, and collective memory.
Archival images from Bill Cotter show the Pavilion at its height during the Fair; photographs by Phil Buehler, Marco Catini, and Robert Fein capture the beauty of the building in its ruined state. Also on view will be a temporary installation by Aaron Asis suggestive of the Pavilion’s iconic suspension-cable roof. Complementing these works will be ephemera loaned in part by The Museum of Interesting Things, and an audio clip of a 1999 interview with Philip Johnson on the fate of the Pavilion.
The opening reception will include a screening of the documentary Modern Ruin at 7:30 PM followed by a Q&A with its creator, Matthew Silva. Beverages available by suggested donation, with beer courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery.
This exhibition was curated by Sarah Celentano, manager of The City Reliquary.