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Calendar of Events: December 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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Josef Albers in Mexico

This exhibition illuminates the relationship between the forms and design of pre-Columbian monuments and the art of Josef Albers. It features a selection of rarely shown early paintings, iconic canvases, and works on paper. Josef Albers in Mexico also includes a rich selection of photographs and photocollages, many of which have never been on view and were created by Albers in response to frequent visits to Mexican archaeological sites beginning in the 1930s. 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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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

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October 22, 2017

Montréal’s Geodesic Dreams

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the most recognizable geodesic dome in the world: the US Pavilion at Expo 67, designed by R. Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao. This exhibition returns to the “geodesic moment,” from the first experiments undertaken in the late 1940s to the proliferation of do-it-yourself domes in the early 1970s. The core of the exhibition focuses on the work of the Montréal designer Jeffrey Lindsay (1924–1984), founder and director of the Fuller Research Foundation Canadian Division based in Montreal between 1949 and 1956. More

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November 3, 2017

Josef Albers in Mexico

This exhibition illuminates the relationship between the forms and design of pre-Columbian monuments and the art of Josef Albers. It features a selection of rarely shown early paintings, iconic canvases, and works on paper. Josef Albers in Mexico also includes a rich selection of photographs and photocollages, many of which have never been on view and were created by Albers in response to frequent visits to Mexican archaeological sites beginning in the 1930s. More

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November 21, 2017

Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York

Until the 1960s, most public art in New York City was limited to war memorials, civic-minded murals, or relief sculpture embodying universal values like “fraternity” or “wisdom.” But the late 1960s brought a new era that embraced the individual artist’s voice and vision in the public realm. In the years since, hundreds of innovative art works, both permanent and temporary, have been installed in the public spaces of New York. Presented to mark the 40th anniversary of the pioneering Public Art Fund, More

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