National Building Museum

Documenting Crossroads

Monday, December 7, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Image from Camilo José Vergara online exhibition The New Nor

Learn how the Covid pandemic has affected poor and segregated communities in urban centers. Longtime National Building Museum collaborator Camilo José Vergara, renowned urban documentarian and recipient of the 2012 National Humanities Medal, and Elihu Rubin, associate professor of urbanism at the Yale School of Architecture, discuss the photos and essays that comprise the three-part online Museum exhibition Documenting Crossroads. The exhibition reveals the ongoing impact of the coronavirus on the ground; including ephemeral adaptations of urban space, grassroots efforts to feed the hungry, and the ways in which local street art and graffiti reflect a collective preoccupation with the virus.

UPDATE: Watch the program on our website.

This program is presented as part of the National Building Museum's 40th Birthday weeklong celebration.

This program is presented free of charge. In lieu of a program fee, we ask for your support of the National Building Museum. Your donation to the Annual Fund will enable the Museum to adapt to these changing times and plan for our reopening. 

On the occasion of our 40th Anniversary, we would like to recognize our generous supporters.

AARP, The Rona and Jeffrey Abramson Foundation, The American Institute of Architects, American Society of Interior Designers, American Society of Landscape Architects, Arup, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP, Bohler Engineering, Brookfield Properties, Celeste Brown, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, CBRE, Inc., Clark Construction Group, LLC, George S. Corey & Cynthia Krus, CoStar Group, Inc., David M. Schwarz Architects Charitable Foundation, DAVIS Construction, James and Shannon Davis, Todd C. DeGarmo, DPR Construction, Louisa Duemling, Michael and Pamela Feigin, Gensler, T. Michael Goodrich, Harvey | Harvey - Cleary, HDR, Inc., Alexandra Huffman, International Masonry Institute, International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust, JBG Smith, LafargeHolcim, Rafael V. Lopez and Linda I. Marks, Stephen M. Lovett, Milton and Dorothy Sarnoff Raymond Foundation, Morgan Stanley Group Inc., ODA Architecture, Perkins and Will, Procore, Whayne and Ursula Quin, The Reinsch Pierce Family Foundation by Lola C. Reinsch, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, STUDIOS Architecture, Mr. and Mrs. James W. Todd, The Tower Companies, WSP, ZGF.

Image: April 25, 2020: José, wearing protective gear and controlling entry to the H F Dollar & Up Fruits & Vegetables store, 61-27 Roosevelt Avenue, Queens, NY. © Camilo José Vergara

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