Seagram Plaza

Exhibition, Hall cases, 1 May 2013 to 18 August 2013

The plaza at the Seagram Building in New York, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1958, was a litmus test of what an open space in the city could be. Raised three steps above the sidewalk along Park Avenue, the plaza is an oasis of calm, distant from the commotion and turbulence of the street. The way in which the plaza has been adopted by New Yorkers shows the subtle quality of its design as a public space. The Seagram Plaza was also unique in its role as a space for exhibiting art. The often experimental installations functioned as a barometer for understanding the interaction of the public with art, architecture, and the urban environment—both through occasional special events and the ordinary, everyday life of the place.

The hall case exhibition Seagram Plaza documents the plaza as a place for art for the public and a place for an open-air break from the life of the office and the city.

Curator: Phyllis Lambert, CCA, with Albert Ferré and Elspeth Cowell, CCA.


Sign up to get news from us

Email address
First name
Last name
By signing up you agree to receive our newsletter and communications about CCA activities. You can unsubscribe at any time. For more information, consult our privacy policy or contact us.

Thank you for signing up. You'll begin to receive emails from us shortly.

We’re not able to update your preferences at the moment. Please try again later.

You’ve already subscribed with this email address. If you’d like to subscribe with another, please try again.

This email was permanently deleted from our database. If you’d like to resubscribe with this email, please contact us

Please complete the form below to buy:
[Title of the book, authors]
ISBN: [ISBN of the book]
Price [Price of book]

First name
Last name
Address (line 1)
Address (line 2) (optional)
Postal code
Email address
Phone (day) (optional)

Thank you for placing an order. We will contact you shortly.

We’re not able to process your request at the moment. Please try again later.

Folder ()

Your folder is empty.

Please complete this form to make a request for consultation. A copy of this list will also be forwarded to you.

Your contact information
First name:
Last name:
Phone number:
Notes (optional):
We will contact you to set up an appointment. Please keep in mind that your consultation date will be based on the type of material you wish to study. To prepare your visit, we'll need:
  • — At least 2 weeks for primary sources (prints and drawings, photographs, archival documents, etc.)
  • — At least 48 hours for secondary sources (books, periodicals, vertical files, etc.)