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Calendar of Events: May 2019

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.



Preservation of Modern Buildings: A Perspective from Brazilian Practice

Organized as part of the Preservation Lecture Series, an initiative of the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia GSAPP, André Castro presents his ongoing research on how theory affects the practice of preservation of modern buildings and how the study of practices can contribute to theory. More

National Congress Building, Oscar Niemeyer, 1960. Photo: Columbia GSAPP.

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NYPAP Film Festival Finale at One World Trade Center’s TWA Lounge

Join the New York Preservation Archive Project at the TWA Lounge on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center to celebrate closing night of its third annual Preservation Film Festival. Watch the sunset over the city below as you check out Saarinen’s original model for TWA Flight Center, a collection of vintage TWA ephemera and more. More

The TWA Lounge on the 86th floor of One World Trade Center. Photo: Jesse David Harris/Lonely Planet.


Manitoga Tours Begin for the Season

Visit Manitoga and tour the House, Studio, and Woodland Garden of pioneer industrial designer, Russel Wright (1904–1976). Wright built this experimental home onto the rock ledge of an abandoned quarry while masterfully orchestrating the surrounding landscape into a series of outdoor rooms of varying character. Tours begin with a short film about Wright's life and design legacy. More

Dragon Rock House and Studio at Manitoga, Russel Wright, 1941–1961, Garrison, NY. Photo: Vivian Linares.

Further AfieldTour

Tour of Swarthmore College Campus

The picturesque campus of Swarthmore College has a long, rich tradition of Modernist design. Just two years after the construction of William Lescaze and George Howe’s pioneering PSFS Building, proposals for Modern structures on the Swarthmore campus emerged. This DOCOMOMO Philadelphia tour will include Modernist buildings designed for the sciences spanning from the 1930s to the present—including a Vincent Kling-designed lab building that now forms part of a lively contemporary Unified Science Center. More

Lang Music Building, Swarthmore College, Romaldo Giurgola, 1973. Photo: Rollin R. La France.


Collecting and Living with Danish Modern: Crafting Modern Lifestyle

Danish Modern was once perceived as the ultimate combination of fine craftsmanship, simplicity, and function. By the 1970s, together with the entire mid-century design culture, its allure had faded and interest declined, pushing Danish Modern away from mainstream aesthetics. It has made a remarkable comeback since 2000, desired by collectors, utilized by architects, presented in art fairs and museums, explored in scholarships and publications. More



Graphic Design and The Bauhaus

This year is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the pioneering art and design college established at Weimar in Germany at the end of World War I. Over the next 14 years, and in the face of much opposition, the Bauhaus was at the center of debates on modern design, architecture, and education, until finally closed down by the Nazis in 1933. More

Photo: Bard Graduate Center,


Film Screening, “Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus”

Join AIANY Historic Buildings Committee and DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State in marking the 100th anniversary of Walter Gropius’ Bauhaus with this documentary exploring the history, present, and future of the utopian design and architecture school and the social movement it fostered. "Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus" describes the story of the Bauhaus as a statement, but also the failure and renewal of a social utopia. More

Continuing this month


February 28, 2019

Patchwork: The Architecture of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak

Patchwork: The Architecture of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak presents the work of one of the most important Polish architects of the 20th Century, Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak (1920-2018). Through models, films, and photographs visitors will learn about Grabowska-Hawrylak’s studies in the 1940s and her involvement in almost all stages of reconstruction and the creation of “new” Wrocław in what will be the first comprehensive presentation of her work outside of Poland. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Museum of Architecture in Wrocław and curated by Michał Duda and Małgorzata Devosges-Cuber. More