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Events May 2015


Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion Premieres

May 22, 2015

Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion tells the story of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the 1964-65 World's Fair and straight into its gradual demise over the past 50 years. The film chronicles the Pavilion's post-fair use as a 1960s concert venue and 1970s roller rink, the years of neglect that followed these reuse ventures and recent advocacy efforts to save and repurpose the structure.

Matthew Silva’s discussion of his film project this past September at DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State’s Modern Conversations series left the audience in high anticipation of the full story. The world premiere, presented in association with People for the Pavilion, will fittingly take place at the Queens Theatre in the Park just steps from the Pavilion.

Silva, who is also co-founder of the advocacy group People for the Pavilion, researched, wrote and directed the film to answer a question he had after passing the Pavilion for years: How can a building in such a visible location, designed by such a well known architect, be left to ruin? To bring the film to fruition, Silva partnered with executive producers Jake Gorst and Tracey Rennie Gorst of Mainspring Pictures Ltd., who have completed a number of films on Modern architecture subjects.

Friday May 22
Cocktails 7:00–8:00pm
Film screening 8:00-9:00pm
Followed by audience Q&A with the filmmakers hosted by People for the Pavilion, the National Trust and DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State

Queens Theatre in the Park
14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens Directions
General admission: $15
Details & Tickets

Avoid the Friday rush hour crush on the 7 train and the mile walk to the Queens Theatre in the Park (and back in the dark). You can ride comfortably, directly from Manhattan to the theater and back on the MODERN RUIN PREMIERE EXPRESS. DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-state has chartered a deluxe bus to make your travel easy (and less expensive than UBER).

The bus will depart from and return to two locations:
Westside: Columbus Circle (departs 5:45pm)
Eastside: 59th and Lexington Avenue (departs. 6:05pm)
(Departure location details and times will be confirmed prior to event)
Tickets are $20 for round trip. Purchase bus tickets
WE'RE SORRY, BUT AS OF WEDNESDAY EVENING TICKETS FOR THE BUS TO THE PREMIERE ARE SOLD OUT. However some tickets are still available for the film via the link above. 

WEST SIDE pickup details:
5:45 pm Departure from Columbus Circle. Meet at bus stop in front of the Time Warner Center (M20/M7 Bus stop) across from the entrance of the A, C, B, D, and 1 subway near 8th Avenue.
EAST SIDE pickup details:
6:05 pm Departure from East 59th Street and Lexington Avenue. Meet at bus stop on the Southeast corner of East 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, across from Bloomingdale’s and directly adjacent to the Bloomberg Tower entrance on East 59th Street of the 4, 5, 6, N, R subway lines.

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