|port authority terminates terminal five show
roberta contributed reporting for this NYT article
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.
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."
Nice photos. It's a really great building.
It looks like it's in excellent shape from those photos (pre-artist freakout).
The glass by the Saarinen plaque seems ominous though..
My thought exactly.
absolute genius. what an imagination. kitsch or not, it merits admiration (he even made hand-railings look good).
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.
well, it is a folly too. absolutely. imho?
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.
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).
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?
Thanks--it looks so pristine in those photos, I wondered.
Well, sadly the liquor license (lack of) was kind of a major oversight.
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.
Fancy rich patrons at an invitation only black tie preview get drunk and disorderly. Tom your story gets even better!
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."
from the original
post 10/1/04 :
from david's comments 10/7/04 on the lightningfield post
Ah, thanks. Wednesday, dinner jackets; Friday, sleeveless jean jackets and mohawks.
eno and yuji @ JFK
There's a whole side of New York I'm just not seeing enough of, dahling.
newark!!! newark!!! newark!!!
download holding pattern screen saver can (not) be seen at terminal five
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.
"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."
"effing brilliant and clearly the last word on the subject"
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.
NYT October, 10th, 2004
some comments of eno's lecture on this thread
"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."
Party out of bounds!