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Calendar of Events: June 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.


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Buffalo Celebrates 150 Years of Frank Lloyd Wright

A series of special events will be held at the Darwin Martin House and Graycliff Estate in coordination with other celebrations across the United States honoring Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday. In partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and other Buffalo-area organizations, More



Learning from our Late Modern Legacy: Collaboration and Social Responsibility on a Corporate Campus

The Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ, completed in 1983, is a significant example of Late Modern corporate architecture. The 20-acre campus was designed by Henry N. Cobb and W. Stephen Wood of I.M. Pei & Partners in collaboration with the landscape architect Laurie Olin of Hanna/Olin. More

Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, New Brunswick, NJ. Photo courtesy Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

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Architecture and the Art Museum

Frank Lloyd Wright’s design for the Guggenheim Museum set a new standard for the postwar art museum and, together with the Museum of Modern Art, firmly establishing New York as the cultural capital of the 20th century. A decade later, the significance of this new architecture was not lost on Georges Pompidou when he commissioned the cultural center that would eventually carry his name, More



The Guggenheim Celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday

This June, mark the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright with a series of activities and events celebrating the architect’s masterpiece: the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The Museum’s program kicks off June 8—Wright’s birthday—with a reduced admission of $1.50. Visitors will be treated to free birthday cupcakes in the newly renovated Cafe 3, where never-before-exhibited construction photographs of the museum will be displayed. More

Frank Lloyd Wright during construction of the Guggenheim, ca. 1959. Photograph by William Short ©The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York


The Glass House 10th Anniversary Summer Party

This year's Summer Party will celebrate the Glass House’s 10th anniversary as a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This fundraising event, held on the grounds, features a festive picnic, live music, and classic lawn games. Revelers can take in the permanent art collection and exhibitions or simply enjoy the chance to roam the grounds freely. The event will also feature the world premiere of The Metamorphoses, a performance installation conceived by Jonah Bokaer Choreography. More



The Bay Area Evidence: Frank Lloyd Wright’s San Francisco Projects and Clients

Extending over nearly 60 years, Frank Lloyd Wright’s San Francisco Bay Area works are distinctive for their diversity and unprecedented creativity. They demonstrate, perhaps more than his buildings in any other comparable location, the amazing variety and innovation of his creations and the fertility of his imagination. More

Lenkurt Electric Company, perspective (detail), 1955. Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

LocalFilm Screening and Lecture

100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright & Marion Mahony Griffin Re-considered

Frank Lloyd Wright unhesitatingly employed women at a time when few architectural firms would do so, giving them both training and the opportunity to practice. Ultimately, over 100 women architects and designers worked with Wright, many of them going on to remarkable careers of their own. Written and directed by Beverly Willis and produced by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, “100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright” uncovers this little-known legacy. More

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March 25, 2017

Phyllis Lambert: 75 Years at Work

I.M. Pei isn’t the only seminal mid-century figure with a birthday to celebrate. In honor of architect and philanthropist Phyllis Lambert’s 90th birthday, the Canadian Centre for Architecture has mounted an autobiographical exhibition. Lambert founded the Centre in 1979. She is perhaps most known in the U.S. for her work as the Director of Planning for the Seagram Building. Drawing on the Centre’s archival materials, the exhibition offers a glimpse into her life’s work as an architect, archivist, editor, and curator. More

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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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June 22, 2017

Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonia

This exhibition presents the houses by Japanese American architect and Taliesin student Kaneji Domoto in Westchester County’s Usonia, a small community for which Frank Lloyd Wright designed the site plan in accordance with his urbanistic principles. Featuring material from private archives that has never been shown publicly, the drawings, artifacts, models, and photographs exhibited show how Domoto’s work applied a Wrightian idiom and provide a glimpse at life in Frank Lloyd Wright’s inner circles. More

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June 29, 2017

Ezra Stoller Photographs Frank Lloyd Wright

As part of the ongoing celebrations of Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday, the Yossi Milo Gallery is mounting a show of Ezra Stoller photographs of iconic Wright works. Stoller’s concise and descriptive photographs defined perceptions of postwar Modern architecture. In 1945, Stoller was commissioned by Architectural Forum to photograph Taliesin and Taliesin West. The photographs were widely published and shown at the Museum of Modern Art in 1947. Stoller subsequently photographed many other Wright buildings, including the Guggenheim Museum, Fallingwater, the Marin County Civic Center, and the SC Johnson Research Tower, examples of which will be among the 20 gelatin silver prints on view. More