Joel Meyerowitz in Conversation with Lesley A. Martin
at The New York Public Library, January 12, 2010
Join master photographer Joel Meyerowitz and Lesley A. Martin, publisher of the Aperture Foundation’s book program, in conversation on the occasion of the recent release of Meyerowitz’s Legacy: The Preservation of Wilderness in New York City Parks (Aperture, October 2009). Entitled “The Urban Sublime,” this conversation followed by a book signing is part of The New York Public Library’s “Architectural Explorations in Books” series, a new program that delves into the critical role that architecture books play in the understanding of contemporary urban developments and structures.
Legacy is the result of a unique commission Meyerowitz received from the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to document and interpret the nearly nine thousand acres of parks within the five boroughs of New York City that still exist close to their original pristine state, as well as areas within parks that have been left to revert to wilderness. Meyerowitz is the first photographer to document New York City’s parks since the 1930s, when they were photographed as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s WPA program.
Ms. Martin, who edited the book, will talk with Meyerowitz about how this ambitious project evolved from conception to completion, what surprises he encountered in the course of discovering these corners of nature hidden within the concrete world of the city, and how Legacy connects with his first New York project documenting Ground Zero for nine months following 9/11, which resulted in the publication of Aftermath: The World Trade Center Archive.
WHEN AND WHERE:
Tuesday January 12, 2010
Location: Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (Room 227)
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 Fifth Avenue
5th Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
Room 227 opens to public at 5:30 p.m.
All events are FREE