thru Sept 7:

13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair

Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY

The exhibition takes Warhol’s 13 Most Wanted Men as its single subject, addressing its creation and destruction and placing it in its artistic and social context by combining art, documentation, and archival material. 50 years have passed since an up-and-coming Pop provocateur named Andy Warhol sparked a minor scandal at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. As part of a prominent set of public commissions for the Philip Johnson-designed New York State Pavilion’s exterior, Warhol chose to enlarge mug shots from a NYPD booklet featuring the 13 most wanted criminals of 1962. Forming a chessboard of front and profile views, 13 Most Wanted Men was installed by April 15, 1964, and painted over by Fair officials’ direction with silver paint a few days later.


SAVE The New York State Pavilion!

This video is about the New York State Pavilion, constructed for the 1964-65 World’s Fair.  Matthew Silva is making a documentary that will show how the pavilion looked during the fair and how it came to look the way it does today.

Support this project here.


New York State State Pavilion 

Dubbed the “Tent of Tomorrow”, the New York State Pavilion drew close to 6 million visitors during the 1964/1965 seasons of the New York World’s Fair. Briefly, the Pavilion’s exterior hosted images by Andy Warhol - but they were painted over by Fair Officials before the Fair even started. To learn more about this minor scandal visit the Queen’s Museum’s exhibition Andy Warhol’s 13 Most Wanted Men opening today!

Photos by Jerry Kean and Van Williams, Queens Museum Collection, 2013.1.

The New York State Pavilion

Remains of the ‘64 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park

Queens, New York City, USA.

“You can’t miss the towers topped by flying saucers, surrounded by 100-foot-high (30-meter-high) concrete pillars. This was the New York State Pavilion, where visitors rode elevators to an observation deck above an enormous suspended roof of translucent colored tiles. Today the structure is padlocked, rusted and cracked, with preservationists and critics fighting over its future.”

But on April 22nd they opened the doors. I got to stand in a very long queue and wait for over three hours for my opportunity to wear one of 65 hard hats for ten minutes inside the pavilion. During which time I quickly shot off a great many exposures with my full frame SONY A7r and Zeiss 24-70mm FE lens.

This includes the 11 × 36MP vertical exposures seen here stitched together, cropped and tweaked in Photoshop.

You may purchase a print of this image at my Fine Art America Gallery by clicking here


“It is rare to find an architectural project whose history makes such strange bedfellows as the New York State Pavilion: a master architect and millions of exhibition patrons, roller skaters and rock stars, stray cats and Iron Man [1]. For three hours on April 22, in honor of the fifty year anniversary of the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the city of Queens will open the long shuttered gates to Phillip Johnson’s most futuristic work."   – Arch Daily


These pictures are from Flushing Meadows, the home of Robert Moses’ fake World’s Fair from 1964 to 1965. This World’s Fair wasn’t sanctioned by BIE (Bureau of International Expositions), and is a testament to the insane ego of Robert Moses. The fair wasn’t as successful as hoped, and was followed by Expo ‘67 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The Unisphere is surrounded  by huge dry fountains that are now empty and slowly falling apart and filling with plant life. 

The tall structures and the large oval structure are the ruins of the New York State Pavilion, and the globe is the 'Unisphere,’ the centerpiece of the park. The New York State Pavilion was one of a few structures left in the park after the end of the World’s Fair, with the intention of it being used for something. As you can see, the structure was never used, and continues to decay. 

The tall structures are observation towers that used to have elevators that took people up to the top. It really is amazing that the structures have been left completely abandoned since the 60’s, and haven’t been demolished or turned into something. 

Check out these amazing photos of the New York State Pavilion during the World’s Fair.    

The New York State Pavilion and the Unisphere as they appear today in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York City. The New York State Pavilion is in a terrible state of disrepair.

source: Wikipedia