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Art Deco Metropolis: The Whiz-Bang Buildings of Modern New York
Monday, May 6 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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. New York’s Deco buildings today survive as prized remnants of a distant yet modern past that still help define the city’s visual identity.
A native New Yorker and twenty-year veteran of the New York City Landmarks Commission, Anthony W. Robins is the author of books on Grand Central Terminal, the World Trade Center, and the art and architecture of the New York subway system. He teaches about New York City architecture at New York University and Columbia University, and lectures nationally and internationally. A popular leader of New York City walking tours (for details please visit www.anthonywrobins.com), he is best known for Art Deco. He organized the city’s first regularly scheduled series of Art Deco tours, sponsored by the Art Deco Society of New York. The Guides Association of New York City has honored him with the 2017 Guiding Spirit Award. His latest book, New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture (SUNY Press 2017) won a 2017-2018 “New York City Book Award” from the New York Society Library. Copies will be available for purchase after the program.