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Life of an American Ruin: Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion

29 Sep 2016 – 15 Jan 2017

City Reliquary

New York
New York, United States

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This exhibition is devoted exclusively to Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion and asks viewers to consider the importance of ruins in the modern age.

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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, and a painting by Eric Doeringer addressing Andy Warhol’s controversial installation for the Theaterama at the Fair, “13 Most Wanted Men.” 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.

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