Traveling through an airport terminal today means wandering florescent-lit hallways in your most comfortable, ugliest clothing and eating greasy food. So Storefront for Art and Architecture’s “Beyond Borders” benefit at JFK’s TWA terminal on Sunday night was a nice, if depressing, reminder that air travel actually used to be a glamorous experience.
The futuristic terminal opened in 1962 and was designed by Eero Saarinen. Due to security and space problems, the terminal has been out-of-use since 2001. The Beyond Borders event was the last public event to take place in the terminal before it is redeveloped.
Taking the “frontierless” theme seriously, stylish guests ate “global” cuisine and sipped cocktails while admiring the beautiful space and browsing the more than fifty works of art that were up for sale at a silent auction. Among the notable guests in attendance were architect Bjarke Ingels, actor and designer Waris Ahluwalia, architect and activist Teddy Cruz, architect Liz Diller and Executive Director and Chief Curator of Storefront Eva Franch (who wore an incredible gold concoction).