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The Landmarks of New York

November 7 – December 10, 2014

The Landmarks of New York exhibit

Brooklyn Bridge
1867-83, Architects: John A. Roebling, Washington A. and Emily Roebling

Baruch College will present the exhibition The Landmarks of New York at the Mishkin Gallery from Friday, November 7 to Wednesday, December 10, 2014. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, November 6, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

New York City is a treasure trove of architectural masterpieces and monuments. From St. Paul’s Chapel and the Brooklyn Bridge to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York’s history is illustrated with famous buildings and less well-known architectural jewels.   

With 90 black and white photographs, this exhibition documents buildings dating from the 1620s through the 1980s – from the idiosyncratic to the iconic. Mounted in conjunction with the publication of the book, The Landmarks of New York, V, by author and curator, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, the exhibition spans 400 years of New York City history and celebrates the New York City Landmarks Law.

Among the buildings featured in the exhibition are such recognizable landmarks as the Flatiron Building. The Flatiron Building was one of the earliest buildings in the city to be supported by a complete steel cage; the non-visibility of its advanced structural support system, coupled with its soaring 285-foot height, originally created much skepticism among New Yorkers, who feared that high winds would topple it.

Another important monument represented in the show is the Brooklyn Bridge. The first to span the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge is the most picturesque of all the bridges in New York City. Embodying the ingenuity of the American spirit, the bridge tied two shores and united two cities. Its stone towers and the elegant sweep of its cables have inspired more painters, poets, and photographers than any other bridge in America.

Through the years, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has recognized successive eras of the city’s development: the transition from houses to apartments, typified by the Dakota apartments; the evolution of agriculture to manufacturing; and more recently, the transformation to a commercial center, with the designation of SoHo’s lofts, the Ladies’ Mile grand stores, early skyscrapers such as the Little Singer and Woolworth buildings, and modernist masterpieces such as the Seagram Building and One Chase Manhattan Plaza.

This exhibition is organized by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center, The New-York Historical Society, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and The Preservation League of New York State. It is Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Opening Reception:
Thursday, November 6, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The Sidney Mishkin Gallery is located at:
Baruch College
135 East 22nd Street at Lexington
New York City

Gallery hours are:
Monday – Friday, 12 noon – 5 p.m.
Thursdays, 12 noon – 7 p.m.
All exhibitions at the gallery are free and open to the public.

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Sandra Kraskin - Curator
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