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Calendar of Events: October 2017

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.


LocalFilm Premiere

The Opera House Premieres at the Met

The Opera House, a documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke, will have its world premiere at the Met on October 1 as part of the 55th New York Film Festival. Drawing on rarely seen archival footage, stills, and recent interviews, The Opera House chronicles the creation of the Metropolitan Opera’s storied home of the last 50 years against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City in the 1950s and 60s. More

Lincoln Center in construction, 1966. Photo: Metropolitan Opera Archives


Modernism in America Awards Presentation

Join DOCOMOMO US for a presentation of the 2017 Modernism in America Awards. The recognized projects highlight the diversity of important Modern buildings and sites – both the iconic and the regionally significant. Two are in our region: Bell Works, a rehabilitation of Eero Saarinen and Sasaki, Walker & Associates’ Bell Labs Complex (1959-1962) in Holmdel, NJ, and the restoration of Louis Kahn’s Yale Center for British Art (1974) in New Haven, CT. More



Crawford Manor: A Brutalist Model for Public Housing

As part of the annual DOCOMOMO US Tour Day, New Haven Preservation Trust is offering a tour of Paul Rudolph’s Crawford Manor (1962-1966), led by noted Rudolph scholar Sean Khorsandi. Named for lawyer and civil rights activist George Williamson Crawford, who served as New Haven’s Corporation Counsel (1954-1962), More

Photo courtesy DOCOMOMO US


Mid-century Modern in Troy

As part of the annual DOCOMOMO US Tour Day, join Historic Albany for a tour of the mid-century Modern buildings at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s campus on The Hill in Troy. RPI’s collegiate Gothic campus hit a growth spurt in the mid-20th century, incorporating a cluster of Modern buildings in a myriad of materials and styles. The tour will weave through the campus highlighting the Modern buildings and fascinating facts about their construction and use. The tour will end with the striking Brutalist Folsom Library. More

Richard G. Folsom Library, Troy, NY, Quinlivan, Pierik & Krause, 1972-76. Photo courtesy


Experiment in Urban Housing: A Tour of Twin Parks, the Bronx

Join DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State for a bus tour of the Twin Parks East and Twin Parks West urban renewal areas in the Bronx. Architect and historian Susanne Schindler will lead a tour of the residential buildings implemented on the basis of a 1966-1967 “vest pocket housing and rehabilitation” plan. Many buildings were realized between 1969 and 1974 by the New York State Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and became part of an emerging architectural discourse on “contextualism” that sought to bridge Modernism with a new understanding of urban design. More


LocalFilm Screening

Chance at Heaven (RKO, 1933)

How did Hollywood cinema reflect, deflect, influence, inspire, and steal from Modernism’s new aesthetics? Directed by William Seiter with art direction by Van Nest Polglase and Perry Ferguson, Chance at Heaven (RKO, 1933) depicts a rural garage mechanic with ambitions (Joel McCrea) who is engaged to a small-town girl (Ginger Rogers) whose house is both up-to-date and country, a potential haven for their life together. Then he runs off with a rich, glamorous society girl (Marian Nixon), to a New York City steeped in urban, chic, modern taste. More


Further AfieldTour

Making Connections with Louis I. Kahn: Private Tour of the Wharton Esherick Museum and 1956 Kahn-designed Workshop

Pair a drive through Pennsylvania’s beautiful Chester County with a visit to the former home and studio of Wharton Esherick, a leading figure of twentieth-century design. Esherick Museum Executive Director Julie Gannaway will lead a tour of the museum and 1956 Workshop, designed by his friend Louis Kahn. A singular example of Modern architecture, this National Historic Landmark showcases the legacies of both Esherick and Kahn. More

Photo: Anne Todd, courtesy of the Wharton Esherick Museum


TCLF Garden Dialogues: Manitoga / Russell Wright Design Center with Jan Johnsen

The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s 2017 Garden Dialogues program focuses on Modern landscapes and their creators in a series titled, “Modernist Milestones.” Manitoga is a Shangri-La created from an abandoned quarry. Author, landscape designer, and stone aficionado Jan Johnsen will provide her unique insights into how mid-century designer Russel Wright transformed the raw material of this site into his home and studio, which today is a National Historic Landmark. More

Russel Wright directing workmen at Manitoga. Courtesy Manitoga Archives.


Archtober Building of the Day: The George Washington Bridge Bus Station

This year’s Archtober, New York City's architecture and design month, will feature a tour of the George Washington Bridge Bus Station as part of their Building of the Day series. The bus station, which spans a block of Broadway in Washington Heights, opened on January 17, 1963. It was designed by Dr. Pier Luigi Nervi, the noted Italian engineer-architect of the 1960 Olympic Stadium in Rome. The station is part of a $183.2 million public-private partnership redevelopment project between the Port Authority and the GWBBS Development Venture, which resulted from an agency-wide evaluation of Port Authority properties that could provide retail revenue. More


LocalPanel Talk

The Haute Bohemia of 1930s Manhattan

Moderated by Kenneth Silver, Silver Professor of Art History, NYU, and Adjunct Curator of Art, Bruce Museum; with speakers Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director, Josef & Anni Albers Foundation; and Donald Albrecht, Curator of Architecture & Design, Museum of the City of New York, and catalogue essayist for Partners in Design, this panel will focus on the roles played by salons and gay culture and their leading lights—including Kirk and Constance Askew, Lincoln Kirstein, and Julien Levy—in the development of Modernism in New York in the 1930s. More

Cesca Chair, Model no. b32 by Marcel Breuer, 1928

LocalPanel Talk

Modern Architecture Comes to America

Speakers will explore the rise of interest in the architecture of Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and the Russian Constructivists—and the activities of Barr, Johnson, and Henry-Russell Hitchcock in promoting their work in the U.S. Moderated by Jean-Louis Cohen, Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History & Archaeology, Columbia University, Curator of Architecture & Design, Museum of Modern Art, and catalogue essayist for Partners in Design; and Nina Stritzler-Levine, Director, Bard Graduate Center Gallery. More

Barcelona Chair, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1929 (produced c. 1960). Produced by Knoll International. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Liliane and David M. Stewart Collection, gift of Trevor F. Peck, 1963.Df.1
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March 25, 2017

Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center

Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the wartime directive that authorized the internment of Japanese citizens and American citizens of Japanese heritage living in the Western United States, this exhibition explores Isamu Noguchi’s decision to voluntarily enter Poston War Relocation Center, located in the Arizona desert, in the hopes that he could “contribute something positive to this forcibly displaced community.” More

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May 22, 2017

Modern in Pound Ridge: 20th Century Architecture + Lifestyle

The Pound Ridge Historical Society's current exhibition highlights the town’s first comprehensive survey of Modern architecture, an aspect of the area’s history that had been largely neglected. Pound Ridge had a reputation for attracting young couples prominent in the art, advertising, and publishing worlds. From 1939 to the early 1970s, at least 47 Modernist homes designed by architects such as Edward Larrabee Barnes, Peter Blake and Julian Neski, and David Henken were built. The exhibition explores how Modern design changed the Pound Ridge landscape and influenced the Post Modern and contemporary designs that followed. More

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June 12, 2017

Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th century, a radical designer and intellectual who embraced new technologies and materials, pioneered do-it-yourself construction systems as well as avant-garde experimentation, and advanced original theories with regards to nature, urban planning, and social politics. Marking the 150th anniversary of the American architect’s birth on June 8, 1867, MoMA presents a major exhibition that critically engages his multifaceted practice. More

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June 18, 2017

Wright’s Larkin: Arts and Crafts in Industry

This exhibition foregrounds the remarkable synergy between the Larkin Company and Frank Lloyd Wright, two disruptive forces in their respective fields. Wright’s commission to design the Larkin Company Administration Building (1906) in Buffalo showed how utopian Arts and Crafts ideals and technological advance could come together in ways that significantly changed modern industry. This exhibition gathers together many never before seen Wright-designed objects from the now destroyed Larkin Building, along with a spectacular collection of Larkin products. Complementing the exhibition will be an international conference on the architect and the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts, to be held in October at the University at Buffalo. More

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June 18, 2017

Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe at Cranbrook

Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan presents the US debut of this career retrospective of Alexander Girard (1907–1993), an incredibly influential 20th-century tastemaker. Girard worked across the fields of architecture, interior design, textiles, and graphics to create stunning environments that greatly enriched the visual language of mid-century Modernism. Girard returned color, texture, decoration, the handmade, and even opulence to classic Modernism, making him an important touchstone for today’s artists and designers. More

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July 18, 2017

Classic Wright: Frank Lloyd Wright in Print

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, Avery Classics Collection is exhibiting publications produced by and devoted to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibition incorporates books from Wright’s own library alongside volumes already owned by Avery Classics. Thematically it explores Wright’s ideas concerning book design and the Japanese print, along with the reception of his work in Europe, mediated by publications such as Ausgeführte Bauten and the Dutch periodical Wendingen. Finally, the exhibition allows the viewer a window into Wright’s creative process, following the evolution of a single manuscript from handwritten first draft through to publication. More

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July 21, 2017

Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical

A seminal figure in 20th century design, Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) created a vast body of work, the result of an exceptionally productive career that spanned more than six decades. This exhibition reevaluates Sottsass's career in a presentation of key works, including architectural drawings, interiors, furniture, machines, ceramics, glass, jewelry, textiles and pattern, painting, and photography. The exhibition presents Sottsass's work in dialogue with ancient and contemporaneous objects that inspired him, as well as his influence on designers working today. These juxtapositions offer new insight into his designs, situating him within a broader design discourse that reveals him as a true design radical. More

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August 11, 2017

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

The story of master architect Louis Kahn is intrinsically connected to Philadelphia, where he spent most of his life and career. Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture is the first major retrospective of Kahn’s work in two decades, encompassing over 200 objects related to Kahn’s buildings and projects. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. The Fabric Workshop and Museum is the final venue of this exhibition’s international tour. More

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September 7, 2017

Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson

Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson explores how Alfred Barr, the Museum of Modern Art’s first director, and Philip Johnson, the curator of architecture, introduced Modern design to North America. The story begins when Barr and Johnson traveled to Europe in the late 1920s and early 1930s and discovered that leading European architects such as Le Corbusier, J. J. P. Oud, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, were rejecting ornament in favor of a purity of form. Barr and Johnson dubbed this new architectural language “International Style.” More

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September 16, 2017

Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem & Modern Housing

Presented in correlation with MoMA's Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, this exhibition currently on view at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery focuses on two public housing projects in Harlem. “Living in America,” a phrase written on wooden panels traveling with the model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City (1929–1958), evokes a question that preoccupied architects and planners throughout the mid-twentieth century: How to live together? Wright’s proposal for an exurban settlement of single-family houses offered one possible answer; plans for large public or subsidized housing located in urban areas presented another. Although these two visions seem a world apart, they share a common history, which is further explored in this exhibition. More