New York

Red Grooms

New York Cultural Society

“The Ruckus World of Red Grooms” transformed the fifth floor of the New York Cultural Center into an entertaining Disney-like extravaganza. Rather than trying to compete with Edward Durrell Stone’s obtrusive wood-paneled interior, Red Grooms simply covered it with a retrospective exhibition of his large environmental constructions: The City of Chicago (1968), The Discount Store (1970), and The Astronauts (1971). Smaller constructions, selected theatrical pieces, paper movie facades, and various props used in past films were displayed in adjoining rooms.

If you happened to come out of the elevator at the right time you could catch The City of Chicago in full performance. Every ten minutes painted wooden figures mounted on a multicolored arch sprang into action to the sound of jazz musicians from Chicago’s South Side. Lincoln debated with Douglas, Capone looked over his St. Valentine’s Day

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