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Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Road to Recreation

Queens Museum
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 718-592-9700
Queens Misc.
January 28 - May 27, 2007
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Renowned for his exemplary vision and projects of monumental scale, Robert Moses transformed the landscape of New York City during the first half of the 20th century. Collectively titled Robert Moses and the Modern City, three exhibitions will document the ambitious projects that Robert Moses spearheaded and examine his legacy within the context of contemporary New York. Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Road to Recreation, on view at the Queens Museum of Art, documents Moses’ massive 1930’s expansion of the public realm. Envisioning New York as a “water city,” Moses reclaimed the shorefront for recreation, built monumental, outdoor swimming pools and erected parkways conceived as “ribbon parks” with extensive landscaping. The Queens Museum of Art, an institution located in a park created by Moses (Flushing Meadows Corona Park) and housed in a building built by Moses for the 1939 World’s Fair (The New York City Building), also celebrates the re-opening of the Panorama of the City of New York, commissioned by Moses for the 1964 World’s Fair (see below). Robert Moses and the Modern City: Remaking the Metropolis at the Museum of the City of New York, will explore three main areas of the Moses administration: making New York City accessible by equipping it with modern roads, establishing it as a world capital by developing magnetic institutions and improving the quality of life through the expansion of city parks. Robert Moses and the Modern City: Slum Clearance and the Superblock Solution, at the Columbia University’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery will present for the first time the full scope of Moses’ 1950s urban renewal program, which became a national model. On view will be brochures from the Slum Clearance Committee that illustrated the redevelopment proposal and renderings of I.M. Pei’s renewal work in the early 1960s. All three venues will showcase never-before-exhibited models,, historic objects, plans and photography.
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