Posted by Faith Stern on March 27, 2003 at 11:00:47:
To honor the 90th anniversary of the opening of that New York icon, the Woolworth Building, on April 24, 1913, there will be a definitive short talk on why this structure has been beloved by millions of people: "Can Architecture Have Pride and Humility More Friendly in Us?" The talk will be given on Saturday, April 5th, 2:30 pm at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, 141 Greene Street, in SoHo (Manhattan), telephone (212) 777-4490, http://www.terraingallery.org/Art-Talks-Schedule.htm
Why the Woolworth Building is so popular is explained by this principle, stated by Eli Siegel, poet, critic, and founder of the philosophy Aesthetic Realism: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves." This principle has been used as the basis for wide-ranging criticisms of architecture, painting, music, sculpture, the dance that have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and professional journals.
The talk will be given by John Stern, a Columbia graduate with a lifelong care for architecture, cities, geology, and transportation, who was a senior planner and researcher with the Tri-State Regional Planning Commission in New York.
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