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Calendar of Events: August 2018

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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Park Avenue Modern at Dusk

Perhaps no street in Manhattan experienced greater change in the 20th century than Park Avenue. From brick and limestone to shimmering glass, this broad corporate corridor displays many important mid-20th century Modern buildings, such as Lever House, the Seagram Building, and the former Pan Am Building. Matt Postal will describe the fascinating history of these iconic works, while addressing lesser-known buildings and current projects, including a sleek new office tower by Foster + Partners on this Municipal Art Society tour. More

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Fallingwater Annual Twilight Tour and Concert

Explore Fallingwater as changes in light reveal new perspectives on details of Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece. The evening begins with a reception at the Visitor Center, where attendees can enjoy this year’s exhibition at the Speyer Gallery, which highlights the era when Masonic groups and Kaufmann’s Department Store employees used the property and surrounding land as a camp. The reception will be followed by a light supper and dessert and live music under the stars. More

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Revisiting Ada Louise Huxtable’s Walking Tours of Modern Architecture Tour #2

Two Municipal Art Society tours will celebrate the seminal architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013). Her pocket guide “Four Walking Tours of Modern Architecture in New York City,” was jointly published by the Municipal Art Society and the Museum of Modern Art in 1961. Retracing the routes of those midtown tours, participants will have a chance to consider Huxtable’s analysis and discuss subsequent changes to the buildings she examined and their surroundings. More

Manufacturers Trust Company Building, New York City, Charles Evans Hughes III and Gordon Bunshaft, 1954. Photo: Beyond My Ken, Wikipedia
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July 15, 2018

Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980

Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia’s architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist “social condensers”—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 introduces the exceptional work of socialist Yugoslavia’s leading architects to an international audience for the first time, highlighting a significant yet thus-far understudied body of modernist architecture, whose forward-thinking contributions still resonate today. More

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July 30, 2018

Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project

On August 6, 1945, when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, President Harry S. Truman publicly revealed the purpose of the sites now known as Oak Ridge, TN; Los Alamos, NM; and Hanford/Richland, WA. Secret Cities examines the innovative design and construction of these sites, built in the early years of the Modern Movement, and traces their precedents in the Bauhaus and other early Modern schools of architectural thought. It looks at daily life within the cities and how it was shaped by their physical form, illuminating the social stratification and segregation that were still evident despite the high-minded principles underlying their design. More

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