Monday, December 14, 2009

Jill Krementz Photo Journal - Paul Goldberger Feted

Paul Goldberger. Photographed by Jill Krementz, December 4th, 2009.

Architecture is part of culture.  It tells us what we are, what we're about and where we've been and how we've been speaking to each other. Architecture begins to matter when it brings delight and sadness and perplexity and all along with the roof over our heads.

Buildings do bring out emotions in all of us. They can make you feel exhilarated. They can make you sad. Architecture is the stage set for all your memories. They're part of the most profound memories you have ... your kindergarten classroom, your childhood bedroom.
— Paul Goldberger talking conversationally on Stephen Colbert show
Paul Goldberger celebrates publication of two books:
Why Architecture Matters
Building Up and Tearing Down

A Party hosted by Celia & Henry McGee
December 4th, 2009

It's not often that an author celebrates the simultaneous publication of two books. But there aren't as many writers with the energy of Paul Goldberger.

For many years, Goldberger was the architecture critic for The New York Times and was awarded a Pulitzer for the paper in 1984. These days he is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine where his column, “Sky Line,” appears regularly.

And if that's not enough, Goldberger is a professor of design and architecture at the New School.

When Celia and Henry McGee wanted to honor Goldberger with a book party, the only night he had free was his birthday. On display: abundant copies of both recently published books. In a lucky break for his hosts, prolific as Goldberger is, the honoree only racked up one more year. The McGees got away with a single cake.
The birthday cake was created by Soutine bakery. Paul Goldberger won the Pulitzer Prize in criticism as the Times' architecture critic in 1984, at age 33.
Alex Goldberger, an Olympics research assistant at NBC and sideline reporter for Yale football on radio station WELI, Charles Kaiser, Susan Solomon, and Peter Diamond, senior vice-president of Olympic programming, NBC Universal. Alex Goldberger is a son of Paul Goldberger and Susan Solomon.
Nina and Daniel Libeskind of Studio Daniel Libeskind. Mr. Libeskind, the master planner of the World Trade Center site, most recently designed Crystals at CityCenter in Las Vegas, and is the subject of last year's book, Counterpoint: Daniel Libeskind in Conversaton with Paul Goldberger. They have been spending a lot of time in Milan, where Mr. Libeskind is designing a park, a museum of contemporary art, an office tower and residences in the heart of the city. The so-called Fiera Milano project is a collaboration with the architects Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki, and Pier Paolo Maggiora. Seun Adebiyi and Alex Goldberger. Alex Goldberger profiled the 26-year-old Adebiyi for the Nov/Dec issue of Yale Alumni Magazine. The title of Goldberger's story was "Keeping His Cool." The storyline: "Even while battling cancer, a Law School grad is aiming to be Nigeria's first Winter Olympian." Born in Nigeria and raised in Alabama, Adebiyi was training in Salt Lake City for the Skeleton event when he noticed a swelling in his groin. He was diagnosed with lymphoma and stem-cell leukemia and hospitalized for seven weeks at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Mr Adebiyi, whose website is, was recently featured in an article by N.R. Kleinfield which appeared on the front page of The New York Times Sunday Metro section.
Thelma Golden, director of The Studio Museum in Harlem, with her husband, the designer Duro Olowu (left), and Seun Adebiyi. Mr. Olowu is from Nigeria.
Literary agent Amanda (Binky) Urban, who agented both of the Goldberger books, with her husband, Ken Auletta, the media columnist for The New Yorker and author of the new book Googled: The End of the World As We Know It (The Penguin Press). Paul Goldberger inscribes a book to Ellen Futter. Ms. Futter is president of the American Museum of Natural History.
Artist Clifford Ross. Liz Robbins, of the public affairs and lobbying firm Liz Robbins & Associates. The New Yorker's Mark Singer.
Former New York Times executive editor Max Frankel listens carefully as host Henry McGee delivers a toast,"Why Paul Goldberger Matters," a play on the title of one of the two books being feted. Mr. McGee is president of HBO Home Entertainment. Paul Goldberger thanking his host and hostess for giving the party and his family and friends for their support. Standing, and laughing, is artist Vicki Rosen-Solomon.
Paul Goldberger with his son Alex and Alex's girlfriend, Lauren Ryback. Paul Goldberger and Celia McGee. Mr. Goldberger is telling his hostess that the party has been so much fun he should write another book.
Amy Virshup, deputy culture editor of The New York Times, with George Garvin (left), real estate executive, and his brother Alexander Garvin (right), the noted urban planner, educator, and author.
Gordon Davis, who grew up in Chicago, studies the Chicago scene, "Regal Theatre, April 1941," by the FSA photographer and photojournalist Russell Lee. Diane Coffey, now a managing director at Peter J. Solomon Co., with Henry McGee.
Amanda Burden and Charlie Rose. Ms. Burden is Chair of the New York City Planning Commission and Director of the Department of City Planning. New York Times columnist Joyce Purnick, author of the new book, Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, Politics (Public Affairs), with her husband, Max Frankel.
Anne Kreamer and her husband, Kurt Andersen with Paul Goldberger and Gordon J. Davis.
Architecture represents the real, and that is even more precious in an age of the virtual.  Every piece of architecture is an opportunity for real experience. Some of the opportunities architecture offers us are banal, others are irritating, and some will not communicate at all.  Some will give us comfort, which is of no small value.  And some will be transcendent and will tell you, more eloquently than anyone can express in words, of that aspect of human aspiration that makes us want to connect to what has come before , to make of it something different and our own, and to speak to those who will follow us. — Paul Goldberger in Why Architecture Matters.
Text and photographs © by Jill Krementz: all rights reserved.