Press Release Article


Date: Feb 27, 2012
Press Release Number: 31-2012

The Port Authority today announced that Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, a renowned national expert in public art and architecture, will advise the agency on how it can best integrate public art and architecture into the World Trade Center site.

Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel will serve as Advisor to the Port Authority for Public Art and Architecture. With more than four decades of experience as a leading advocate on art and historic preservation efforts, she will help the Authority bring public art to the world-class site in Lower Manhattan.

"Barbaralee's extensive insight and knowledge will be of tremendous value to us as construction of One World Trade Center approaches completion," said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. "I am confident her experience will serve the agency well in advancing this important aspect of One World Trade Center development and I very much look forward to working with her."

Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel is highly regarded for her numerous achievements in the world of art and historic preservation. Currently, she is the Vice Chair of the New York State Council on the Arts. She served as the first Director of Cultural Affairs for New York City, bringing the first public art to Bryant Park and the first public performance by the Metropolitan Opera in Central Park. She was the longest serving Landmarks Commissioner in New York City history, serving for more than 17 years; and also was appointed to the New York City Art/Public Design Commission.

She has held numerous presidential appointments. President Obama appointed her to the American Battle Monuments Commission; she previously served for nearly 10 years under President Clinton on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, where she was the first woman Vice Chair in its more than 100-year history. President Reagan appointed her to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Board, where she served as Chair of the subcommittee that commissioned all of the public art for the museum.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards, she received a lifetime achievement award from the Citizens Committee of New York in 2010. In 2011, the Historic Districts Council, the citywide advocate for all 107 historic districts in New York City, named her the recipient of its "Landmarks Lion" award for lifetime achievement. On May 17, 2012, the Women's Forum of New York will present their annual Elly award celebrating women's leadership to Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Arianna Huffington.

Dr. Diamonstein-Spielvogel, who is serving the Port Authority pro bono, will be collaborating with many of New York's world-renowned cultural institutions, museums, and a committee of art and architecture experts. No Port Authority funds will be used to purchase art.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Steve Coleman, 212-435-7777

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which does not receive tax dollars from either state, operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; the Port Authority-Port Jersey Marine Terminal and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

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