Sandfuture: Justin Beal in conversation with Felicity Scott

Justin Beal in conversation with Felicity Scott
On the occasion of the launch of Sandfuture by Justin Beal

Architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912–1986) remains on the margins of history despite the enormous influence of his work on American architecture and society. That Yamasaki’s most famous projects—the Pruitt-Igoe apartments in St. Louis and the original World Trade Center in New York—were both destroyed on national television, thirty years apart, makes his relative obscurity all the more remarkable.

Sandfuture by Justin Beal is a work of literary non-fiction that recounts the life and work of Minoru Yamasaki, told through the eyes of a contemporary artist who considers how objects gain meaning and how (and for whom) architectural history is written.

New York City changes drastically after a decade bracketed by terrorism and natural disaster. From the central thread of Yamasaki’s life, Sandfuture spirals outward to include reflections on a wide range of subjects, from the figure of the architect in literature and film and transformations in the contemporary art market to the perils of sick buildings and the broader social and political implications of how, and for whom, cities are built. 

Join us for an event with artist and author Justin Beal, in conversation with scholar Felicity Scott, to celebrate the launch of the book. This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged.

21 September 2021, 18:00
Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street
10012 New York, NY, USA
Storefront for Art and Architecture
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