Postmodern Midtown: The Architecture of Late Capitalism

Janes Walk


Led By Martha Tenney

In the late 1960s and 70s, architects challenged the functionalism and utopian design of modernism, embracing historicity, irony, pop culture, and decoration under the broad umbrella of postmodernism. In the 1980s, postmodernism arrived in a more concrete (and granite, marble, and chrome) way in Midtown. We’ll visit PoMo landmarks and their modernist precursors while discussing the political, cultural, and economic implications of postmodernism.

The route will be roughly 1.75 miles long and accessible to people in wheelchairs. There won't be many places to sit down along the way. We'll walk at a leisurely-medium pace and probably take about two hours to complete the tour. Public transit, bike parking, and CitiBikes abound nearby. There is not a lot of car parking except in garages.
Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Saturday, May 7, 2022
3:00 PM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Language: English
The skyline in Midtown Manhattan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Andrei Shpak. Modifications: photo cropped.