Garry Winogrand. <i>Los Angeles Airport</i>. 1978-83. Gelatin silver print, printed 1987-88 by Tom Consilvio, 14 3/4 x 22 3/8" (37.5 x 56.8 cm). Purchase. © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery

Space, Time, and Architecture

Jennifer Gray

Thursday, March 21, 2013, 12:30–1:15 p.m.

Education Classroom B, mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Art in the Long View at Lunchtime
In conversation with artists and MoMA Lecturers, explore long-term, process-based art and its impact on the experience of art. While many artists establish concrete goals, the processes we are interested in examining may span the lifetime of the artist, require ongoing participation or discussion, and be linked more to research and exploration than to a pre-established plan. Bring your lunch and discover how these challenges to the constraints of time and the expectations of final product and finality force viewers and participants to reconsider the role of art in society. This series serves as an incubator of ideas in advance of our upcoming Contemporary Art Forum on May 2 and 3.

Explore modern and contemporary theories about the relationships between space, time, and the built environment. Space, Time, and Architecture traces how advancements in high-speed travel and communication during the 20th century helped create the fragmented experience that defined the modern metropolis and flattened suburban architecture into a two-dimensional system of signs. Today space and time are further contracted. The hermetic environments of the jumbo jet and the airport—spaces arguably designed to transcend space and time all together—combine with GPS-equipped smart phones to allow perpetual movement across time zones without the conventional “burdens” imposed by unfamiliar locales, face-to-face communication (asking directions), or unintended discovery (getting lost). How have these technologies impacted our experience of buildings, places, and cities?

Jennifer Gray (PhD, Columbia University) is a historian of modern architecture, specializing in the relationships between social politics and the built environment. Her current project explores how municipal playgrounds radically reframed the experience of childhood in relation to the modern metropolis. She teaches at Columbia University and The Museum of Modern Art.

Tickets are free but required and can be acquired on a first-come first-served basis online or at the information desk, the Film desk after 4:00 p.m., or at the Education and Research Building reception desk on the day of the program.

To pick up tickets acquired online, proceed to the Education and Research Building reception desk at 4 West 54 Street beginning at noon on the day of the program.