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Art Deco Metropolis

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2023

The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, Rockefeller Center—these are among the hundreds of Art Deco monuments that during the 1920s and ‘30s helped create the image of New York City as the world’s modern metropolis. In New York, Art Deco evolved through a series of Manhattan skyscrapers into the city’s chief architectural language. Following a massive reawakening of interest in them during the 1970s, New York’s Deco buildings survive today as prized remnants of a distant yet modern past that still help define the city’s visual identity.

This lecture is presented by Anthony W. Robins, Vice-President of the Art Deco Society of New York and author of New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture and will cover the great skyscrapers of architects Raymond Hood, William Van Alen, Ely Jacques Kahn, and Ralph Walker, including the Daily News, Empire State, Irving Trust, General Electric, American Radiator, Barclay-Vesey, and RCA Buildings. It will trace the adaptation of this “skyscraper style” through apartment buildings on the Bronx’s Grand Concourse, airport terminals at LaGuardia, the Central Park West residential skyline, automated midtown parking garages, diners, night-clubs, hotels, department stores, banks, and Radio City Music Hall.

This online event will be hosted on Zoom with attendees’ cameras off.  Automatic closed captioning will be provided. ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation or a CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) is available upon request with two weeks notice — please email access@posterhouse.org to request interpretation services.
A recording of this event will be made available for all registered attendees.
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