April 3, 2008 - Queens Museum - Anthony Auerbach: Empire State Pavilion
April 3, 2008

Anthony Auerbach: Empire State Pavilion

Anthony Auerbach: The State of New York, aerial survey work in progress, 2006

Anthony Auerbach
Empire State Pavilion

Through May 4, 2008


Anthony Auerbach’s installation Empire State Pavilion comprises three works speculating on how history is recorded in traces and inscriptions, and how it is erased. The works stem from an aerial survey the artist carried out in 2006, documenting the 9,000-square-foot terrazzo copy of the Texaco road map of New York State which was installed the New York State Pavilion for the 1964 – 65 World’s Fair. While the iconic Philip Johnson- designed pavilion fell into disuse and disrepair, the map began to turn back into a landscape. In this state, with a method modeled on the aerial techniques of geologists, archaeologists, cartographers and spies, Auerbach recorded a sequence of some 2,500 photographs covering the entire surface of the map. From this material emerge the devices and configurations of Auerbach’s Empire State Pavilion: Emperor Panorama, a stereoscopic invitation to inspect a surface, The State of New York, a fake projection, and untitled video image sequence interleaving the historical names and geographical remains of the antique city states and former imperial capitals in upstate New York. aauerbach.info/nys

Index (The State of New York) by Anthony Auerbach
Card file containing a complete inventory of the aerial survey The State of New York (edition of 3); series of unique archival prints 24.75″ x 34.5″, from Vargas Organisation, London.


Also at QMA through May 4, 2008
Back on the Map: Revisiting the New York State Pavilion at the 1964/65 World’s Fair
Once hailed as the “Tent of Tomorrow,” the New York State Pavilion designed by Philip Johnson for the 1964/65 World’s Fair deserves recognition amongst New York’s historic landmarks. The exhibition, presented by the Architectural Conservation Laboratory of the School of Design at the University of Pennsyl-vania as part of a conservation project initiated by U. Penn. and NYC Dept. of Parks & Recreation, shows the history of the site and its memorable map. In a temporary conservation lab installed in the show, visitors can view restoration work in progress on some of the terrazzo panels which have been removed from the pavilion.

At QMA April 6-June 29, 2008
This Case of Conscience: Spiritual Flushing and the Remonstrance
Group show commemorating the 1657 “Flushing Remonstrance”, a call for re-ligious tolerance, and celebrating present-day religious diversity in Flushing. With works by: Kim Badawi, Emmy Catedral, Takashi Horisaki, Jenny Jozwiak, Stephanie Keith, Scott Lewis, Sara Rahbar, José Ruiz, Tattfoo Tan.

Always on view at QMA
The Panorama of the City of New York
Selections from the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass


Anthony Auerbach is supported in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.

Back on the Map is supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.

The Flushing Remonstrance is on loan from the New York State Archives, a program of the New York State Education Department.

“This Case of Conscience”: Spiritual Flushing and the Remonstrance has been made possible with support from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation. Additional funding provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.

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