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Calendar of Events: February 2021

Experience Modern architecture. Take a tour, view an exhibition, attend a lecture or otherwise connect with people equally captivated by the history and future of this period. Our online calendar highlights events related to Modern architecture in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and occasionally further a field, presented by a wide-ranging roster of organizations.

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Further AfieldVirtual Conference

Palm Springs Modernism Week 2021

Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of modernist design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. This exciting festival usually takes place February 1 through 28 in the Palm Springs area of Southern California but the month long conference has been planned as an online experience this year. More

Photo courtesy of visitpalmsprings.com.
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Further AfieldVirtual Lecture

Mies Society Event - Interiors: Lilly Reich and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Lilly Reich (1886–1947) was a German modernist designer and a close collaborator of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969) for more than 10 years in the late 1920s and 1930s. The Mies Society and Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture will host this virtual lecture to take a deep dive dive into their work. More

Barcelona Pavilion. Photo by Kathleen Randall.
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LocalVirtual Lecture

Center of Attention: Variation on a Millstone #2

Center of Attention is a series of interactive virtual learning events dedicated to a single work of art by Isamu Noguchi. In this session, participants will learn about the materials and process used to create Variation on a Millstone #2 (1962), and join in an interpretive conversation led by educator Matthew Capezzuto. More

Photo by Rae Russel Gescheidt. The Noguchi Museum Archives, 04038. ©INFGM / ARS
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LocalVirtual Tour

Marcel Breuer House Virtual Tour with Q&A

In 2007 the Marcel Breuer House was deeded to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Learn more about this remarkable home with Kimberly Miller, architect and managing director of Greenrock Corporation, and Katrina London, manager of collections & curatorial projects at The Pocantico Center, as they present a virtual tour of the house, focusing on its architecture, art, and furnishings. More

Breuer House at Pocantico. Photo courtesy of Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
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LocalVirtual Workshops

Collecting Design: The Legends (Spring 2021)

This latest iteration of “Collecting Design: The Legends” provides an opportunity to explore historical, mid-century, and contemporary design; to discover the world of collectible design and its sustainable impact; to look and analyze the finest interiors—all with a series of prolific experts who have defined this field and shaped its culture. Join AIA NY and enter into the cultural conversation of design. This program is directed by design historian Dr. Daniella Ohad. More

Mathias Bengtsson, Growth Table, Walnut, 2014. Photo by Martin Scott Jupp/Galerie Maria Wettergren.
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LocalVirtual Event

Modern New Canaan

This New Canaan Museum & Historical Society virtual event explores the town's unrivaled Modern architecture through historical commentary, more than 150 images, and a documentary celebrating three houses and the owners who love them. More

Tatum House, Hugh Smallen, 1962, New Canaan, CT. Courtesy: NCHS
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LocalVirtual Lecture

Color Clashes in the Tropics: Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi, and Paulo Mendes Da Rocha

This lecture by Barry Bergdoll will look at the vibrant formal and social experiments of Brazilian modernism in the decade-and-a-half before the coup d’état of 1964 brought two decades of military dictatorship to Brazil. Presented by the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation as part of its 2020-2021 Color and Light lecture series. More

The Glass House (or Casa de Vidrio) in Morumbi, São Paulo, Lina Bo Bardi in 1950. Image courtesy of Nelson Kon via Archdaily
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LocalVirtual Lecture

Center of Attention: Variation on a Millstone #2

Center of Attention is a series of interactive virtual learning events dedicated to a single work of art by Isamu Noguchi. In this session, participants will learn about the materials and process used to create Variation on a Millstone #2 (1962), and join in an interpretive conversation led by educator Matthew Capezzuto. More

Photo by Rae Russel Gescheidt. The Noguchi Museum Archives, 04038. ©INFGM / ARS
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LocalOnline Class

Ellen Lupton: Modern Graphic Design

The 92Y will host Ellen Lupton, senior curator of contemporary design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, as she conducts a four-session overview of graphic design in the 20th century. The program will discuss the fundamentals of graphic design while exploring iconic posters, typefaces, magazines, and more. Avant-garde artists and advocates for social change used printing and publicity to promote their ideas. The visual techniques they created still resonate in today’s media. More

Continuing this month

LocalExhibition

February 12, 2020

Noguchi Museum Dual Exhibition

Isamu Noguchi was profoundly in sync with America’s mid-century obsession with the power of design to shape the modern world. Dual exhibitions from the Noguchi Museum, Composition for Idlewild Airport and The Sculptor and the Ashtray, testify to his interest in making sculpture everywhere out of everything and are now available online. More

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