Thursday Cinema
Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion

Salt Galata

April 7, 2016 19.00

ModernRuin <i>Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion</i> [Modern Harabe: Bir Dünya Fuarı Pavyonu] (2015) 
filminden bir kare ©Aquarela Pictures
Still from the film Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion (2015) ©Aquarela Pictures

SALT Galata, Auditorium

Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion (2015)
Director: Matthew Silva
78 minutes
English; Turkish subtitles

The New York State Pavilion, once the shining symbol of the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, now sits as a haunting reminder of what became of the age of optimism that was the 1960s. This documentary tells the story of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the fair, and chronicles its demise over the past 50 years. The film details its post-fair use as a 60s concert venue and 70s roller rink, including the years of neglect and the recent growing advocacy efforts to save and re-purpose the structure.

The New York State Pavilion was constructed in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens. The site was salvaged from a dumping ground first for the 1939-1940 World’s Fair by urban planner Robert Moses, the city’s “master builder.” Moses was renown for initiating parkways and supporting highways over public transport schemes across the state.

Thursday Cinema is supported Garanti Mortgage.
Program is free. Reservations are not accepted.