IN-PERSON: Live at Fort Greene!
Tuesday, June 21, 7:30 PM ET
Book Launch: Alexandra Lange presents Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall
In conversation with Rachel Syme
Few places have been as nostalgized, or as maligned, as the American shopping mall. Since their birth in the 1950s, malls have loomed large as temples of commerce, the agora of the suburbs—yet today, amid the aftershocks of financial crises and a global pandemic, as well as the rise of online retail, the dystopian husk of an abandoned shopping center has become one of our era's defining images. Conventional wisdom holds that the mall is dead. But what was the mall, really? In Meet Me by the Fountain, acclaimed author and architecture critic Alexandra Lange renders a portrait—by turns celebratory, skeptical, and surprisingly moving—of one of America's most iconic institutions. Malls are environments of both freedom and exclusion—of consumerism, but also of community, and under Lange's perceptive eye, they become newly strange and rich with contradiction. Join us on Fulton Street for an evening commemorating and reconsidering those bygone behemoths of commerce still looming in our cultural consciousness.
Alexandra Lange photo credit: Mark Wickens
A portrait--by turns celebratory, skeptical, and surprisingly moving--of one of America's most iconic institutions, from an author who “might be the most influential design critic writing now” (LARB).