Raimund Abraham. Times Square Tower Project, New York, NY (Exterior perspective). 1984

Raimund Abraham Times Square Tower Project, New York, NY (Exterior perspective) 1984

  • Not on view

This is one of two entries from the Municipal Art Society's 1984 Times Tower competition that highlight collage’s compatibility with the accelerated time frame of architectural competitions. Organized to oppose a commercial redevelopment plan for New York City's Times Square, the entries offer cut–and–paste ripostes to a proposal by architects John Burgee and Philip Johnson to build four office towers to enclose the square. Abraham’s proposal extended the Tower vertically with a stack of cineplexes. Lupo and Rowen's counter proposal, in a reference to Marcel Duchamp’s complex and enigmatic 1915–23 sculpture The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass), stripped the existing tower to its structural frame and mounted two enormous media screens on top. Both proposals engage Times Square as a cinematic center of media and the Tower as a beacon of effects.

Gallery label from Cut ’n’ Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City, July 10–December 1, 2013.
Graphite and colored pencil on cut-and-pasted papers on sepia diazoprint
33 1/2 x 25 1/2" (85.1 x 64.8 cm)
Gift of the architect in honor of Lily Auchincloss
Object number
© 2021 Raimund Abraham
Architecture and Design

Installation views

How we identified these works

In 2018–19, MoMA collaborated with Google Arts & Culture Lab on a project using machine learning to identify artworks in installation photos. That project has concluded, and works are now being identified by MoMA staff.

If you notice an error, please contact us at [email protected].


If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA’s Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].


This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].