new-york

“Metamanhattan”

Whitney Museum of American Art

New York is a symbolic center and source, as well as a material manifestation of the 20th century, for artists, architects, and curators, and “Metamanhattan” attempted to describe this metropolis which agitates so many ambitions. This group exhibition of both serious projects and fanciful proposals created in the past 25 years for New York sites included interpretive accounts of the city as well as architectural and environmental schemes which offer either to evoke or to alter the magic of Manhattan. Conservatives, revisionists, and reformers were represented; beyond the unrest Manhattan incites, no discernible impetus was shared by all the artists and architects. Several projects investigated the role of nature in a context where virtually all environmental rhythms and impulses have been drummed out; others used the existing fabric of the city as a foundation for modifications. And some

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