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New York State Pavilion Will Be Illuminated Tonight

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'MODERN RUIN: A World's Fair Pavilion' tells the story of the World's Fair masterpiece

We’ve all seen the New York State Pavilion, designed for the 1964-65 World’s Fair by renowned architect Philip Johnson. It was intended to be torn down after the event but it stuck around, serving as a relic and a reminder of that historic event. (But there are plenty of groups who are working on the potential restoration of the landmark.)

But for those who may be unfamiliar with the iconic structure (which has appeared in movies, music videos, and more), a new documentary, MODERN RUIN traces the building's history, from its creation and glory days to its current state of inertia. The documentary will screen in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park tonight at 8 p.m., thanks to the Queens Theatre. And superfans of the structure should take note: Afterward, the Pavilion will shine again—thanks to Guerilla Lighting and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, it'll be lit for one night only.

New York State Pavilion

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