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Calendar of Events: October 2020

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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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations

Nicholas Adams Unpacks Gordon Bunshaft and SOM: On Being Silent

On the occasion of the publication of Gordon Bunshaft and SOM: Building Corporate Modernism, its author, Nicholas Adams, will speak about Bunshaft’s silence as an architect and its effect on his legacy today. More

Gordon Bunshaft, Heinz Administrative and Research Center, Hayes, Middlesex, England, 1964
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Eileen Gray Exhibition at Bard Gallery Reopens

The Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s Eileen Gray exhibition, which has been available online since its opening in February, will reopen at the gallery for a limited run with timed and contactless entry. Explore different aspects of Gray’s career, from her celebrated projects to many lesser-known and recently rediscovered pieces on display for the first time. More

E 1027 living room, 1926–1929. Centre Pompidou, Bibliotheque Kandinsky, Paris. Photo courtesy of bgc.bard.edu.
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LocalVirtual Lecture

Richard Lippold & Orpheus and Apollo

This lecture will feature a mix of those who knew artist Richard Lippold, those who have studied his work at large, and those who believe in the deep symbiosis that exists between artists and architects of site-specific installations. Join LANDMARK WEST! to learn more about the artist, Richard Lippold, his work and its legacy for the future. More

Orpheus and Apollo hanging in Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center. Photo courtesy of LANDMARK WEST!
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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIVirtual Tour

Archtober Building of the Day: Marcel Breuer Buildings at Bronx Community College

John Arbuckle will be leading a virtual tour of the Marcel Breuer Buildings at Bronx Community College. This event is part of Archtober’s virtual Building of the Day program series. More

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LocalVirtual Lecture

Eileen Gray: Architectural Drawing as Spatial Praxis

This Bard Graduate Center presentation examines the relationship between Eileen Gray’s distinctive drawing techniques and the spatial qualities of her architecture. It begins with Gray’s sketches for the Galerie Jean Désert in Paris, carried out (most likely with Jean Badovici) in 1922, and extends to her drawings for the houses E 1027 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (1926–29) and Tempe a Pailla outside Castellar (1931–35). More

Tempe a Pailla, Castellar, plan diagram of solar orientation. Print on paper. National Museum of Ireland, NMIEG 2003.11.
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LocalVirtual Lecture

Pioneering Women of American Architecture

Women’s absence from accounts of American architectural history has been a longstanding problem. In 2017, the Pioneering Women of American Architecture website was launched with the goal of documenting and publicizing women’s contributions to the built environment in the United States. In a lecture hosted by the Glass House, project co-editors Mary McLeod and Victoria Rosner, together with contributor Michael Kubo, will talk about their work on this timely project and the challenges of writing women back into American architectural history. More

Jean Bodman Fletcher House, Six Moon Hill, Lexington, Mass., 1948. Photo: © Ezra Stoller/Esto
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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIVirtual Tour

Marcus Garvey Village Virtual Tour with Mark Ginsberg

As our chapter's contribution to Docomomo US Tour Day 2020 celebrating the theme “The '70s Turn 50,” we will be presenting a virtual tour of Marcus Garvey Village in Brooklyn. Our guide Mark Ginsberg, FAIA, of Curtis + Ginsberg Architects, designed a major renovation to the complex. He will explain the project’s background, its strengths and weaknesses, how it fared over time and how the renovation revitalized the complex. More

Marcus Garvey Village, view of interior courtyard, c. 1976. Photo: T. Liebman, from New York 1960.
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LocalVirtual Lecture

Starrett-Lehigh: The Evolution of a Neighborhood Icon

Discover the story of West Chelsea and one of its most iconic yet enigmatic structures, the 1931 Starrett-Lehigh Building, in this rare behind-the-scenes (virtual) expedition. The presentation will be led by architectural historian John Kriskiewicz. More

Starrett-Lehigh Building. Credit: Liz Waytkus/Docomomo US.
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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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September 3, 2020

Anni Albers at The Glass House

Pliable Plane is part of a new series presented by the Glass House in which an artist or designer is invited to refashion the house’s interiors with site-responsive textiles. For the first installment of this series—named for a 1957 essay by Anni Albers (1899–1994) about the relationship between textiles and architecture—the Glass House and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation are collaborating to create a new bedspread and window panels based on original works by Anni Albers. More

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September 5, 2020

Frank Stella: Paintings, 1960–1973

The Glass House (1948) presents the online exhibit Frank Stella: Paintings, 1960 – 1973 a selection of works by the artist from the Glass House permanent collection. One of America’s most important living artists, Stella has played a significant role in the development of abstraction in the 20th century and has consistently pushed compositional boundaries throughout his career. More

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October 14, 2020

Eileen Gray Exhibition at Bard Gallery Reopens

The Bard Graduate Center Gallery’s Eileen Gray exhibition, which has been available online since its opening in February, will reopen at the gallery for a limited run with timed and contactless entry. Explore different aspects of Gray’s career, from her celebrated projects to many lesser-known and recently rediscovered pieces on display for the first time. More

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