Robert Moses and the Modern City
Remaking the Metropolis
December 1, 2006 - March 25, 2007
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Explore the modernist vision of a colossal figure in urban planning.
Robert Moses had a greater impact on the physical character of New York than any other individual in the city’s history. During his reign as New York’s master builder, from 1934 to 1968, Moses developed a vast program that sought to modernize the city’s infrastructure, expand the public realm with recreational facilities, and remove blight from residential districts. Robert Moses and the Modern City: Remaking the Metropolis examines the extensive physical transformation of New York guided by Moses, focused on his major initiatives, including highway construction and slum clearance. Though he believed these undertakings embodied progress and made the city more efficient, his projects disrupted and sometimes razed neighborhoods and increased the city’s dependence on the automobile. The exhibition, employing documents, photographs, publicity brochures, and three-dimensional models, explores Moses's modernist vision and considers the controversial debates surrounding his legacy.