Robert Moses Symposium Panel: Moses’ Vision in Concrete & Film

A panel discussion moderated by Tom Finkelpearl, director of the Queens Museum of Art, featuring the authors of four papers:

  • Blagovesta Momchedikova, The Panorama of the City of New York: Robert Moses’ Gigantic Visions of the City as Reflected in the Miniature Metropolis in the Museum
  • Marta Gutman, The Place of Play: Robert Moses and the WPA Swimming Pools in New York City
  • Jonathan Kuhn, Documenting the Moses Era: The Filter of the Photographer’s Lens
  • Kristin Feders, Robert Moses, the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair, and the Afterlife of the Park (provisional title)

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Thank God for Jane Jacobs the Highway Slayer

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Jane Jacobs’ legacy is so broad and complex I’m not going to attempt a big thinkpiece to mark her 100th birthday. In lieu of something long and wordy, I’ve got two short paragraphs and some images of the Robert Moses road monsters she slew in the 1960s. Car-centric planning was inimical to the things Jacobs valued most […]

Exhibition Opening Symposium: Lessons From Robert Moses

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Robert Moses Symposium Panel: The Legacy of Robert Moses

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A panel discussion moderated by Sarah Henry, chief curator of the Museum of the City of New York, and featuring the authors of three papers: Daniel Prosterman, Robert Moses and the Meaning of Democracy Lynne Sagalyn, Moses as Metaphor: The Legacy of Reputation Peter Eisenstadt, Moses and H.L. Mencken: Race and the Politics of Skepticism