ACM partnered with Open House New York in June to present four commissioned pieces inspired by the Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Center, formerly the Flight Center, at JFK Airport.
The pieces were performed in the building as part of OHNY’s annual gala, one of them with dancers from the New York City Ballet. It was a magical evening.
We’re happy now to present the four pieces again, this time in an event that’s open to the public, as part of OHNY’s Weekend. The performance will feature a panel presentation with the architects and designers who brought this incredible space to life, with the musical performances interspersed throughout.
ABOUT THE HOTEL
MCR and MORSE Development have reignited the magic of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport, restoring and reimagining it as a first-class hotel.
At the center of the hotel is Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Flight Center, where restaurants, bars and retail outlets have taken flight. Two hotel wings, designed to reflect and defer to the landmark TWA Flight Center, sit behind the historic building and contain 512 guestrooms with views of JFK’s runways and the TWA Flight Center.
Sunday, October 20 4:00 – 6:00 PM
TWA Hotel at JFK – Jet Blue Terminal
Palimpsest: Thin Shell Structure utilizes as inspiration both the physical characteristics as well as the history of Saarinen’s iconic TWA building. With each instrument symbolically representing aspects of design, additional construction around the headhouse, external visual effects, and ultimate repurposing, this new work attempts to encapsulate the greater, meta-story of Saarinen’s great vision – a vision which he never saw in reality.
What I’ve written so far has been inspired both by photos of the revamped space, Saarinen’s ethos of one contiguous sheer structural span, the components that comprise that both obviously and substructurally, plus my own experience of the Jetblue terminal and it’s use and breadth of space.
Stephanie Ann Boyd
My work takes its structural cues from the building itself; melodic lines trace the architecture’s curves over the course of the piece, resulting in a work commemorating the terminal and welcoming it into the next chapter of its life. Fun fact: Boyd’s first car was a 1983 Studebaker Avanti, designed by Raymond Loewy, the same man who designed both the TWA logo and outfitted much of the terminal’s interior spaces.
My piece is inspired by the story of the building itself from the optimistic unveiling of Saarinen’s monument to aviation at the dawn of commercial air travel, to the decline of TWA, the eventual closing of the building, the fight to preserve it and its rebirth as a swanky hotel. This story is not told linearly but with several different intermingled musical themes.