Celebrating the 50th anniversary of New York’s landmark legislation, this exhibition will feature more than 20 public spaces, known and little-known, that have been designated as interior landmarks. In archival and new photography by Larry Lederman, it will highlight the importance of public interiors as the spaces in which we conduct our daily lives. Clarifying the different approaches to preserving and restoring interiors, it will point out the challenges and controversies in maintaining the integrity of these spaces in the face of changing needs and popular taste, and the achievements in keeping them accessible to the public. The curatorial team includes Hugh Hardy, FAIA, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; Kitty Hawks, interior designer, Judith Gura, design historian and NYSID faculty member; and Kate Wood, president, Landmark West!.
This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of:
The Achelis Foundation
The Felicia Fund
Ina Mae Kaplan Historic Preservation Grant from the IFDA Educational Foundation
Paint for this exhibition is provided by Benjamin Moore.
This exhibition is in conjuction with NYC Landmarks 50, a city-wide celebration of the the 50th anniversary of New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, with many events, exhibitions and programs staged by public and private organizations around the city. Most of these will focus on architecture and exteriors — which, though the most visible, are not where people conduct their day-to-day activities. That function is served by interiors, which are not only integral to any structure, but are often more distinctive and historically significant.