Tour: Picasso and Sasaki on the Superblock

October 29, 2016, New York, New York


Picasso's concrete sculpture, Bust of Sylvette (1968), within University Village and Sasaki Walker & Associates’ modern landscape (1959) at Washington Square Village are key aspects of Greenwich Village’s most significant superblocks. This walking tour and conversation offered a unique opportunity to experience intersections of art, design and architecture within these distinct mid-century environments. 


Local preservation architects Julie Rosen and Katherine Malishewsky introduced the residential towers within each site; their relation and interplay with immediate surroundings.  Special guest speaker John Scott, art conservator, then focused on the beloved public sculpture, discussing material, fabrication and condition in context. Well versed in Picasso's remarkable collaboration with Carl Nesjar and engineers to produce over 30 such Betograve sculptures, John has led conservation treatments and the monumental cross-campus move of the duo's 'Head of a Woman' (1971) for Princeton University.



Following time spent at the landmarked University Village, we concluded with a walk-through of the lauded yet underutilized and threatened garden at Washington Square Village, exploring the layout as an example of modern landscape design.