port authority terminates terminal five show

via selma
- bill 10-07-2004 4:53 pm

roberta contributed reporting for this NYT article

- bill 10-07-2004 8:46 pm [add a comment]

poor curator. It might be destined to be one of those 'most talked about shows no one ever saw'. O, I mean except for those few hundred drunk people.
- selma 10-07-2004 10:48 pm [add a comment]

That could be good. "The death of so-called site specific art came in 2004, at a talked-about show most people never saw. The concept was that artists would 'respond' to Eero Saarinen's somewhat overwhelming 1962 terminal building at Kennedy Airport (considered high Modernist kitsch by some architects), an activity with roughly the same significance as small lice-eating birds 'responding' to a rhinoceros. It consisted of such obvious and much-repeated gestures as running political slogans on the defunct terminal's LED messaging system, piping sound art through the intercom, and so forth. Once admitted to this vast playground from their usual physically constraining warrens in Chelsea and Williamsburg, and perhaps because the art was so familiar as not to hold anyone's attention, the artists went berserk at an opening night party and trashed the terminal."
- tom moody 10-07-2004 11:14 pm [add a comment]

Richard Prince must smoke. It was him. It is his fault.
- selma 10-07-2004 11:22 pm [add a comment]

installation shots

- bill 10-07-2004 11:32 pm [add a comment]

Nice photos. It's a really great building.
- selma 10-07-2004 11:39 pm [add a comment]

It looks like it's in excellent shape from those photos (pre-artist freakout).
- tom moody 10-07-2004 11:41 pm [add a comment]

The glass by the Saarinen plaque seems ominous though..
- selma 10-07-2004 11:43 pm [add a comment]

My thought exactly.
- tom moody 10-07-2004 11:49 pm [add a comment]

absolute folly

heres that vintage ezra stoller image again.

- bill 10-08-2004 12:52 am [add a comment]

absolute genius. what an imagination. kitsch or not, it merits admiration (he even made hand-railings look good).
- selma 10-08-2004 1:04 am [add a comment]

genius, i agree - i love that building and wouldnt call it kitsch at all. (inmyhumbleopinion) plus it makes for a great white (non)box for art, like a pro-cool private residence.
- bill 10-08-2004 1:11 am [add a comment]

well, it is a folly too. absolutely. imho?
- selma 10-08-2004 1:17 am [add a comment]

One thing I'm not clear on--did the art show coincide with the public unveiling of the building restoration? (Is that why everyone was in evening dress?) The building looks much better in those lightning field photos than the sad-sack shots in the original article you posted.
- tom moody 10-08-2004 1:48 am [add a comment]

I have to check to get the whole story but no, the building has not been fully restored (I think Beyer Blinder Belle was first involved). I think the architectural league had a dinner in there some time ago too. This was a way to raise awareness and get some publicity for the terminal before jetblue begins occupying it (early 2005? But I am not sure about that date).
- selma 10-08-2004 2:12 am [add a comment]

the building looks awesome! Like great cheezy sci-fi. Tom your future post is hilarious. Are we to believe that those suavey-doo art types wrecked the joint? That would make a great reefer-madness style musical interlude scene in a movie. I'm picturing a skinny black-dressed art babe pounding on the glass with the spike heel of her fancy shoe, while lads run amok with their collars loosened, bumping into elder art personages and spilling their martinis. And, by the way, how is any of that the curator's responsibility?
- sally mckay 10-08-2004 2:16 am [add a comment]

Thanks--it looks so pristine in those photos, I wondered.
- tom moody 10-08-2004 2:16 am [add a comment]

Well, sadly the liquor license (lack of) was kind of a major oversight.
I like your scene sally. I never saw 'catch me if you can' but I understand the terminal has a role.
- selma 10-08-2004 2:19 am [add a comment]

yeah, thats funny as hell tom. I think that was an invitational pre-view for the show. you know how those rich patrones like to dress up. it was who ever was driving "the project's" responsibility. isnt there usually a legal "get around" with liquor laws. you either make it a donation at the bar or build it into the ticket price.

- bill 10-08-2004 2:22 am [add a comment]

Fancy rich patrons at an invitation only black tie preview get drunk and disorderly. Tom your story gets even better!
- selma 10-08-2004 2:27 am [add a comment]

  • a brawl breaks out when the last jitney to the hamptons pulls up. it patrons vs artists but they cant tell each other apart ?

    hint : patrons use clip-on bow ties
    - bill 10-08-2004 2:58 am [add a comment]

  • artists have de-pilled black sweaters and the clipped-off remnants of tiny threads hanging from the hems of black skirts and jeans. But everyone has the same expensive eyeglasses.
    - sally mckay 10-08-2004 5:25 am [add a comment]

There's a scene in JG Ballard's dystopian novel High Rise where the rich people on the upper floors beat some invading lower-floor plebes with golf clubs. I am struck by the incongruity of those photos and reports of "artists going nuts."
- tom moody 10-08-2004 2:38 am [add a comment]

from the original lightningfield post 10/1/04 :

"Eero Saarinen's TWA Terminal, JFK Airport, New York.
These are from a preview party for the 'Terminal 5' art exhibit, which opens today. I had high expectations for the exhibit, and it failed to meet them. The building, of course, looked great, and it was fun to be able to explore the lounges and such. But when you let your corporate sponsors take center stage (literally -- not pictured here), it makes the art look secondary. Not worth a special trip to the airport, but if you're early for a flight..."

- bill 10-08-2004 2:45 am [add a comment]

from david's comments 10/7/04 on the lightningfield post

"The photos are from last Wednesday night, not from the party on Friday that got the exhibit shut down. Wednesday was mostly mellow."

- bill 10-08-2004 3:04 am [add a comment]

Ah, thanks. Wednesday, dinner jackets; Friday, sleeveless jean jackets and mohawks.
- tom moody 10-08-2004 3:12 am [add a comment]

eno and yuji @ JFK

- bill 10-08-2004 3:59 am [add a comment]

"lightningfield has excellent pictures of the Vanity Fair party we went to last week. Always nice to randomly find a photo of ourselves on the web. Great photos.

hhhhmmmm scoopie : )))discuss(((

- bill 10-08-2004 4:16 am [add a comment]

  • "Well, as a guest at the party, I can tell you that I saw kids tagging up the venue, there were NUMEROUS attempts of people trying to steal things (which they're not publicizing at all... a few art pieces did get stolen), and a group of kids kicked in a door in the basement, found some old key/supply rooms, took stuff, and some really intrepid explorers found a door that lead out onto the runway!!

    But everyone I knew there was TRASHED... too much free liquor (and it's true that one of the featured artists... who will remain nameless stole a bunch of cases of champagne and started selling bottles to the crowd at anywhere from $5-$10 a pop), no security (I only saw one female security guard, and she was definitely overwhelmed), and no one was checking the guestlist.

    It was bananas out there, but not in a good way at all... it sucks that a bunch of drunken/coked-out hipsters ruined a nice art exhibit that was helmed by a few extraordinary young artists...

    For those who are concerned with trying to get Port Authority to change it's mind, there's a number you can call to appeal to the PA: Interested parties are being asked to call Ernesto Butcher at (212) 435-7887 and beseech him to reconsider."

    - skyrocketinflight
    - bill 10-08-2004 4:37 am [add a comment]

There's a whole side of New York I'm just not seeing enough of, dahling.
- tom moody 10-08-2004 4:19 am [add a comment]

newark!!! newark!!! newark!!!

- bill 10-08-2004 4:20 am [add a comment]

download holding pattern screen saver can (not) be seen at terminal five

- bill 10-08-2004 4:33 am [add a comment]


tom got reblogged yesterday

- bill 10-08-2004 3:44 pm [add a comment]

That Observer piece refers to "hip young things like Vanessa Beecroft, Douglas Coupland, Toland Grinnell, Jenny Holzer and Tom Sachs"--proving how incredibly elastic the term "young" is.
- tom moody 10-08-2004 5:07 pm [add a comment]

"from what I hear a bunch of folks broke out of the terminal durring the party on friday night onto the tarmac... Those fucking art terrorists."
- bill 10-08-2004 8:24 pm [add a comment]

"effing brilliant and clearly the last word on the subject"

- bill 10-08-2004 8:37 pm [add a comment]

who wouldn't want to run out on the tarmac and play ground crew. Just like every little girl wants to grow up to be a stewardess, opps, I mean flight attendant.
- selma 10-08-2004 8:51 pm [add a comment]

mug shots

- bill 10-08-2004 9:42 pm [add a comment]

NYT October, 10th, 2004

"An article on Page 28 of Arts & Leisure today about an art exhibition, "Terminal 5," in Eero Saarinen's T.W.A. terminal at Kennedy Airport, has become outdated. The Port Authority shut the show on Tuesday, saying that an opening-night party on Oct. 1, at which guests left graffiti on walls and broke the door to a runway, violated an agreement reached with the curator."

- bill 10-11-2004 6:55 pm [add a comment]

some comments of eno's lecture on this thread

- bill 10-12-2004 8:47 pm [add a comment]

"Susan Saarinen’s response. Catching one drunk guest bowling beer bottles, the architect’s daughter ran over and lashed out, “My father didn’t design this building for idiots like you to be bowling bottles!” Come hang out in the Meatpacking District, Susan! They need you."

- bill 10-20-2004 6:29 pm [add a comment]

Party out of bounds!
- tom moody 10-20-2004 7:51 pm [add a comment]

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