ESSEX – The Essex Library will present the Connecticut premier of Matthew Silva’s award-winning documentary, “Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion,” on Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at the Essex Town Hall, as part of the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series.
Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion, once the shining symbol of the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair, now sits in the middle of New York City as a haunting reminder of what became of the age of optimism, the early 1960s. The “Modern Ruin” film tells the story of New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the fair, and chronicles its demise over the past 50 years. The film details its post-fair use as a ‘60s concert venue and ‘70s roller rink, including the years of neglect and recent growing advocacy efforts.
Matthew Silva is a teacher, filmmaker and co-founder of People for the Pavilion, an organization dedicated to preserving the New York State Pavilion. Since 2012, Silva has worked to raise interest and change public perception for what is possible for the Pavilion. With support from a strong social media community and a coalition of various New York-based civic, advocacy and cultural institutions, he produced his 2015 documentary “Modern Ruin” film.
This program is free and open to the public. Call the Essex Library at 860-767-1560 for more information or to register. The Essex Town Hall is located at 29 West Ave. in Essex.