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Director-General participates in opening of the exhibit “American Roadside Architecture” at UNESCO Headquarters

Director-General participates in opening of the exhibit “American Roadside Architecture” at UNESCO Headquarters
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On 3 October the Director-General joined United States Ambassador Louise V. Oliver and architectural historian John Margolies in inaugurating the exhibit “American Roadside Architecture” at UNESCO Headquarters.

The exhibit features photographs of mid-twentieth century roadside establishments including fanciful restaurants, gas stations and “motels” (a word coined from “motor” and “hotel”), and includes a 1956 Chrysler 300B “bankers hotrod” automobile.
The opening reception was accompanied by music from the 1940s-1960s. In his remarks the Director-General recalled a memorable cross-country road trip he made during his college years, from Pennsylvania to California.

The artist, John Margolies, is an architectural historian and photographer who spent 30 years photographing classic American roadside architecture. The artist included antique maps from his private collection in the exhibit.

The exhibit is on display at UNESCO Headquarters until 13 October.

  • Auteur(s):Office of the Spokesperson
  • Source:Flash Info n°151-2006
  • 05-10-2006
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