Beaux Arts Ball 2015: Threshold | September 18

Few New Yorkers unaffiliated with industry frequent the borderlands of Maspeth, Queens. Accordingly, there’s no better way or place to kick off a year of programs with The Architectural League than the annual Beaux Arts Ball at the Knockdown Center on September 18th. Once a factory for glass that gave way to doorframe production and now restored as a performance space unlike any other in the city, the 50,000-square-foot Queens landmark will feature installations from Alibi Studio, MODU, and Moorhead & Moorhead to render the building’s history and the ball’s theme — Threshold — physical. The Ball benefits the League and its programs (including Urban Omnibus) by bringing New York’s architecture, urbanism, and design communities together with food, drink, and dance. Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss out on joining us for this one-night-only experience. Check out photos from past balls to get a sense of what’s in store for the evening!

The Architectural League’s Beaux Arts Ball 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue
Maspeth, Queens

Installations by:
Alibi Studio, Catie Newell
MODU, Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem
Moorhead & Moorhead, Granger Moorhead and Robert Moorhead

Music by pazel
Graphics by Pentagram

Drinks and Light Fare
Festive Dress


A benefit for the programs of The Architectural League

Gather on Friday, September 18, for Threshold, the 2015 Architectural League Beaux Arts Ball at the Knockdown Center, a former doorframe factory turned artist/performance space in Queens. This year’s theme, Threshold, celebrates the building’s specific industrial history, while nodding to the Ball as a kick-off to the cultural year, not only for The Architectural League, but for the entire New York design community. Inside the restored factory’s 50,000 square foot, 40-foot high spaces, the design teams of Alibi Studio, MODU, and Moorhead & Moorhead will create site-specific “threshold” installations.


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