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The Great Ruins of Saturn by Alvaro Urbano.
Graphic design by Estudio Herrera.
Organized by Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2021.
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ANNOUNCING:

The Great Ruins of Saturn

By Alvaro Urbano

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 4th, 5–7 pm [RSVP]
Exhibition Dates: December 8th, 2021 – February 26th, 2022, Wed–Sat, 12-6 pm
97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY
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The opening reception is free, and all are welcome to attend. Please note that proof of vaccination will be required to enter the gallery space.
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“There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow and it’s just a dream away!”
Song lyrics for the Carousel of Progress (1964) by Richard & Robert Sherman, commissioned by Walt Disney
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“Man’s Achievements on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe” stated the dedication of the 1964 New York World’s Fair, held at Flushing Meadows Corona Park – once a sprawling ash dump in the heart of the borough of Queens.
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The 650-acre fair site was populated by hundreds of temporary structures and attended by 51 million people. Amidst all the attractions, the colossal New York State Pavilion, with its space age design and its boasting rights as the largest and tallest pavilion at the fair, embodied the spectacle of “man’s achievements” (or of those by certain men, such as Governor Nelson Rockefeller, World’s Fair President Robert Moses, and pavilion architect Philip Johnson).
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57 years later, this once colorful symbol that sought to project the ultimate vision of progress, optimism, and power lies largely dormant. Its concrete vestige now casts shadows upon its surroundings…and its original vision. While other structures from the fair have been repurposed, rehabilitated, and moved to other sites, the New York State Pavilion, with its central structure known as the Tent of Tomorrow, still awaits its grand departure.
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The Great Ruins of Saturn by artist Alvaro Urbano speculates upon its unknown future. Through the technique of shadow puppetry, Urbano presents a film and an installation that playfully and satirically resurface stories from the Tent of Tomorrow and its politically and socially charged past. Urbano’s work situates the neglected pavilion in a theater occupied by a cast of inanimate characters, bringing them to life in order to question both obsolete and contemporary notions of growth and development. 
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Untethered from its original site, the building relinquishes the bright lights of achievement and instead seeks an otherworldly ending. In the process, it escapes the shadows formed by the still-thriving promises of a techno-capitalist future.
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Read more about the exhibition and the artist here.
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RSVP for the public opening here.
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Something Broke is presented as part of Building Cycles, Storefront’s ongoing curatorial program that examines building as both a place and a process. Something Broke follows four exhibitions in the cycle, Aquí­ vive gente, Ministry for All, Arabesque, and Something Broke.
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The Great Ruins of Saturn follows Alvaro Urbano’s 2020 exhibition, The Awakening, at La Casa Encendida (Madrid). It animated the abandoned Spanish Pavilion from the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. Both exhibitions are presented in collaboration with Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and La Casa Encendida.
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The Great Ruins of Saturn is also supported by generous contributions from Silman, ChertLüdde, and Travesía Cuatro. Lighting design is supported by L’Observatoire International, with contributions from Lutron / KETRA, Lumenture, and O’Blaney Rinker Associates.
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Building Cycles has been made possible through the support of the Graham Foundation, as well as from DS+R; KPF; Steven Holl Architects; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.
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97 Kenmare Street
New York, NY 10012
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Phone: 212-431-5795
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Storefront for Art and Architecture | 97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY 10012

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AAQ / Resource: McDonough & Conroy Architects, P.C.

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