New York’s master builder, Robert Moses (b. 1888; d. 1981), will be the subject of concurrent exhibitions on view at the Queens Museum of Art (New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park), the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street), and the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University (8th floor, Schermerhorn Hall). Collectively titled Robert Moses and the Modern City, the exhibitions will document the ambitious projects that Robert Moses spearheaded and examine his legacy within the context of contemporary New York. Never-before-exhibited models (or many seen for the first time in decades), historic objects, plans, and vintage and new photography will be on view at the three venues to shed light on Moses’s vision and achievements.
A highlight of Robert Moses and the Modern City, on view at all three venues, will be never-before-exhibited, large-scale color photographs (some especially commissioned for the exhibitions) by acclaimed photographer Andrew Moore, artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College. These monumental photographs will show how Moses projects have been absorbed into the fabric of the city.
The exhibitions at each venue will focus on different aspects of Moses’s legendary career and achievements.