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Salutations! I'm a graduate student of design history in New York and am currently writing my thesis about the Chrysler pavilion (the Autofare) at the 1964/65 NYWF. I've conducted research at the New York Public Library and at Herman Miller, where the pavilion's design director Irving Harper's papers are held, but the photos, ephemera, and recollections shared here have been tremendously helpful as I suss out both the pavilion's built environment and its popular and critical reception. I'm posting today in the hope that some of the "VIPs" who visited the Autofare might be willing to share some specific memories with me. In particular, I'm curious about the following: What did you think about the Autofare's architecture/design? What were the main themes you felt it encapsulated? How did you interpret the exaggerated proportions, bright colors, and cartoonish elements? How did you interpret the Chrysler pavilion relative to Ford and GM's exhibits? What did you perceive to be the pavilion's visual style? Did you know much or anything about pop art, design, or architecture when you visited the fair? After the fair? Did you or your family drive a Chrysler? Did the pavilion foster any brand loyalty? Did you love the Autofare? Hate it? Why? What were the best parts? The worst? How did your age impact your experience at the Autofare? I'd love to hear any and all thoughts on the Chrysler pavilion, and am excited to share some of the things I've learned, too. Looking forward to discussing--thanks for your insight!
Here is an article about Irving Harper - designer of the marshmallow sofa for Herman-Miller and the ball clock, an iconic design of the 50s and 60s. He also was on the design team for the Chrysler pavillion. (You'll have to scroll about 2/3s of the way down in the article to find mention of the Chrysler Pavillion.) http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/irving-harper-paper-wizard/ His paper sculptures are wonderful.
On July 22, 2012 a group of about five World's Fair fans explored two attractions that now occupy the former transportation area, the Queens Zoo and the New York Hall of Science. The tour, "From Alligators to Atoms" which was a MeetUp.com/COME-BACK-TO-THE-FAIR event is featured in a detailed photo story by Jim Brown with photography primarily by Jim Brown and Gary Miller. On See the story at: http://www.optisonics.com/wf/aligators-atoms/aligators-atoms.html