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Persuasive Images: Architecture of the 1939–40 & 1964–65 New York World’s Fairs

July 21, 2015
through July 27, 2015

On view at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, a collection of over 100 photographs, selected from an array of local, national, and international archives depicts rarely seen images of the architecture of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. “Persuasive Images” contextualizes and provides new insights into the significance, power, and cultural phenomena of world expositions. The goal of this show is to “reassess the conventional perceptions of the Fairs’ architecture, which was often ignored or ridiculed,” says curator Richard Hourahan, archivist for the Queens Historical Society. “Examining the commissions, designs, and completed projects allows a critical look at the themes and politics behind the Fairs’ creation and at the same time restores the architecture to its epochal significance.”

Through Monday July 27
Godwin-Ternbach Museum
Queens College, Flushing
Exhibition webpage 

Related event: The World of Tomorrow, Today: New projects on three New York World’s Fair sites
A series of new civic projects in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is continuing the legacy of design innovation spurred by the 1939 and 1964 New York World’s Fairs. At each site, new design celebrates the park’s genius loci while conveying lessons about nature’s beauty and power, which have greater resonance in this post-Sandy era. Architect Joan Krevlin, FAIA, will discuss how three former World’s Fair sites presented opportunities to address a century’s worth of environmental degradation, strengthen an institution’s mission, and engage with the culturally diverse community of Flushing.

Wednesday July 22, 6:00pm
Godwin-Ternbach Museum

Persuasive Images exhibition at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum


Week of July 19th