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Events September 2015

DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations

Carol Kinsky: The Albany Mall, alias Empire State Plaza

September 21, 2015

This summer and fall New York State is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of Empire State Plaza, designed by Wallace K. Harrison of Harrison & Abramovitz. To observe this milestone, DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State is hosting a talk with architectural historian Carol Krinsky about its inception.

The state capitol complex in Albany, including office buildings and the State Museum, is a monument of modernism promoted by Governor Nelson Rockefeller, a Republican, and his friend, Mayor Erastus Corning, a Democrat, in the days when individuals, if not entire political parties, were inclined to cooperate. But this cooperation was personal more than public, as the planning and financing make clear. Carol Krinsky will discuss the exotic origin of the concept for the project and the unorthodox method of financing it, along with an account of the design and the urban consequences of building a monumental capital in a small city.

Carol Herselle Krinsky is Professor of Art History at New York University's College of Arts & Science. Among her publications are Rockefeller Center, and the book chapter, "St. Petersburg-on-the-Hudson: The Albany Mall," in Art the Ape of Nature: Studies in Honor of H.W. Janson.

Monday September 21, 6:30 PM
Reception to follow
Knoll Showroom
1330 Avenue of the Americas (at West 54th Street)
Second floor, enter through building lobby
Reception to follow

Tickets: $10 DOCOMOMO Members; $20 General Admission.
Capacity limited. Advance registration required

DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State wishes to thank Knoll for hosting this event.

Photo: Christopher D. Brazee


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