Today at 4 PM in a special virtual talk, explore the storied history, abandonment, and grass roots preservation campaigns surrounding New York’s most iconic ruin: Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion. The structure was meant to be an enduring gift to the people of New York but ending up having an interesting afterlife virtually abandoned after the 1964 World’s Fair. Join artist Aaron Asis, the filmmaker who founded Unforgotten Films and Untapped New York’s Artist in Residence as he leads us through a total past, present, and future look at the New York State Pavilion. He will screen his short film Unforgotten: The New York State Pavilion which gives a rare look inside the off-limits structure.

Inside the NY State Pavilion in Queens

Joining him will be Mitch Silverstein and Stephanie Bohn founding members of the New York State Pavilion Paint Project who will describe how their efforts to simply give the Pavilion a few coats of paint and little love started a movement to save it from demolition. Also joining the discussion will be Salmaan Khan, founder of People for the Pavilion talking about the efforts to bring awareness and public access to the space after the Paint Project crew literally and figuratively opened the gates. Each will come with never-before-seen visuals and stories.

Inside the New York Pavilion

This live talk is organized for Untapped New York Insiders — get two months free with code STAYHOME (or three months free with a yearly plan). A video of the talk will also be made available to all our Insiders afterwards in the Virtual Content section of our website.