Celebrating the City: 2019 MAS Awards

Honoring Excellence in Art and Architecture

Please join the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30pm (doors at 6pm) for an evening of awards and conversation.

The Brendan Gill Prize was established in 1987 in honor of Brendan Gill by friend and fellow MAS board member Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis along with board members Helen Tucker and Margot Wellington. The Prize is given each year to the creator of a specific work—a book, essay, musical composition, play, painting, sculpture, architectural design, film or choreographic piece—that best captures the spirit and energy of New York City.

Selected each year by our esteemed jury, the MASterworks Awards pay tribute to projects that make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment. From some of the city’s most iconic buildings to its hidden gems, our list of past winners includes the likes of New Lab, the Fulton Center, McCarren Pool, Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse, the High Bridge, and the Museum at Eldridge Street.

The event is FREE for members.
Non-members: $15 discounted rate (March 1) | $25 full rate

Thursday, March 28
6:30 PM — 9:00 PM

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10037

Tickets:
Member: Free
Non-member: $15 (through March 1)

  • 2019 Brendan Gill Prize Winner: Filmmaker Stephen Maing
    2019 Brendan Gill Prize Winner: Filmmaker Stephen Maing
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  • Crime + Punishment
    Crime + Punishment
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2019 Brendan Gill Prize Honoree

stephen maing

Crime + Punishment

New York City filmmaker, Stephen Maing, is awarded the 2019 Brendan Gill Award for his remarkably powerful documentary, Crime + Punishment. Maing’s film is a moving and carefully observed work that examines policing in NYC from the perspective of courageous officers who risk everything when they decide to expose racially discriminatory practices by the NYPD. The film reveals the complexity of our most pressing urban matters, from the day-to-day demands of being a police officer to community-driven protests in response to highly charged issues. We see what happens when 12 officers break the infamous “wall of silence.” In this captivating cinematic investigation, we gain a deeper understanding of the everyday problems that result in disastrous consequences for communities of color. Amidst a class action lawsuit over illegal policing quotas, Crime + Punishment unfolds as a masterful example of filmmaking, both in craft and content. It was winner of Sundance’s Special Award for Social Impact.

The Brendan Gill Jury selected this extraordinary documentary from a highly competitive field of nominations. MAS honors and celebrates the work of gifted filmmaker Stephen Maing.

  • 2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best New Building, Columbia University: The Forum. Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Architects in collaboration with Dattner Architects.  Design Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Executive Architect: Dattner Architects. Associate Architect: Caples Jefferson Architects. Image © Nic Lehoux.
    2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best New Building, Columbia University: The Forum. Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Architects in collaboration with Dattner Architects.  Design Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Executive Architect: Dattner Architects. Associate Architect: Caples Jefferson Architects. Image © Nic Lehoux.
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  • 2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best Urban Landscape, Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park, Phase II. Image: ©Tatham/SWA, courtesy of SWA/Balsley and WEISS/MANFREDI
    2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best Urban Landscape, Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park, Phase II. Park Designers: SWA/BALSLEY and WEISS/MANFREDI. Prime Consultant and Infrastructure Designer: ARUP. Image: ©Tatham/SWA, courtesy of SWA/Balsley and WEISS/MANFREDI.
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  • 2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best Restoration, 462 Broadway, Image: Francis Dzikowski Photography
    2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best Restoration, 462 Broadway. Architect: PBDW Architects (Samuel White and Brigitte Cook) Developer/Owner/Client: Meringoff Properties General Contractor: Archstone Builders LLC Restoration Contractor: MRS Inc. Metal Fabrication: Allen Architectural Metals Window and Door Fabricator: Artistic Windows. Image: Francis Dzikowski Photography.
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  • 2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best Adaptive Reuse, Sunset Park Interim Library. General Contractor: Sciame Construction. Project Client: Brooklyn Public Library. Image: Halkin/Mason Photography. Leroy Street Studio
    2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best Adaptive Reuse, Sunset Park Interim Library. Architect: Leroy Street Studio Architecture. General Contractor: Sciame Construction. Project Client: Brooklyn Public Library. Image: Halkin/Mason Photography. Leroy Street Studio.
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  • 2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best New Urban Amenity, Domino Park, Image: Daniel Levin
    2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best New Urban Amenity, Domino Park. Developer: Two Trees Management. Landscaper: James Corner Field Operations. Image: Daniel Levin.
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  • 2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best New Infrastructure, Pier 35, Image: SHoP Architects
    2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best New Infrastructure, Pier 35. Architect: SHoP Architects. Landscape Architects: Ken Smith Workshop. Structural Engineer: ARUP. Civil Engineer: HDR Design. Builder: Hunter Roberts Construction Group. Project Client: NYCEDC. Lighting Consultant: Tillotson Design Associates. Code Consultant: CCI. Acoustical Engineer: ARUP. Sustainability Consultant: ARUP. ADA Consultant: CCI. Geotechnical Consultant: ARUP. Image: SHoP Architects.
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2019 MASterworks Awards Honorees

Best New Building
Columbia University: The Forum

Best Urban Landscape
Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, Phase II

Best Restoration
462 Broadway

Best Adaptive Reuse
Sunset Park Interim Library

Best New Urban Amenity
Domino Park

Best New Infrastructure
Pier 35

2019 MASterworks Awards Jury

  • Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University and Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA
  • J. Yolande Daniels, Co-founding Partner, studioSUMO, Visiting Associate Professor, MIT School of Architecture and Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor, Yale University School of Architecture
  • Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA, Executive Director, AIA New York / Center for Architecture
  • Suchi Reddy, Founder, Reddymade
  • Anne Van Ingen, Chair, Preservation League of New York State

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Contact us at events@mas.org or (212) 935-3960.

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1987

Establishing the Brendan Gill Prize

MAS establishes the annual Brendan Gill Prize, which honors the creator of a specific work of art produced in the previous year that best captures the spirit and energy of New York City. The inaugural prize is given to Rudolph Burckhardt for a film series at MoMA.

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