At 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, September 19, the Museum of Modern Art held a memorial tribute to the distinguished modernist architect Gordon Bunshaft, who died August 6 at the age of eighty-one. Few of New York’s prominent architects missed it, in spite of the early hour, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill—the venerable firm that was Bunshaft's home for over four decades—was represented in full force. The eulogists were Richard E. Oldenburg, director of MOMA, William Rubin, former director of the museum’s Department of Painting and Sculpture, David Rockefeller, and architects Edward C. Bassett and Leon Moed of SOM, Philip Johnson, and Kevin Roche. For anyone in the large turnout interested in the art of contemporary architecture, seeking clues to its future, or perhaps even trying to learn lessons from its past, the eulogies had little to offer. After all, a eulogy is a eulogy, not a critique. But the eulogists, who spoke...

 
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