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Calendar of Events: April 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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LocalWalking Tour

Midtown Modernism(s): East 42nd Street, the United Nations and Vicinity

View some of Midtown’s most distinctive buildings and interiors, ranging from the Art Deco Chrysler and Chanin Buildings and Raymond Hood’s Daily News Building, to the groundbreaking United Nations headquarters and Kevin Roche’s Ford Foundation and UN Plaza. More

Ford Foundation, Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo, 1963-1968.
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LocalWalking Tour

Midtown Modernism(s): Crosstown Section: 53rd Street East to West

View a variety of classic Modern, late Modern and Postmodern designs by SOM, Philip Johnson, Edward Larrabee Barnes, Eero Saarinen, Kevin Roche, Kohn Pedersen Fox and others. Highlights include Lever House, the Seagram Building, Citicorp Center, the CBS Building, and the Museum of Modern Art’s multi-building complex. More

Citicorp Center
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LocalSymposium

African Modernism(s): Past/Present/Future

Through two panel discussions this symposium will look at the context for the architecture on view in Architecture of Independence – African Modernism, and the variety of work being produced today in Africa by New York-based architects. The event is organized by the Center for Architecture with the co-directors of Columbia GSAPP’s Global Africa Lab, Mario Gooden and Mabel O. Wilson. More

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Further AfieldTour

A Day in New Hope: Nakashima Woodworker and Raymond Farm Center

Discover the architectural and artistic interconnections between Japan and the United States through the interpretation and confluence of Modernist and traditional ideas explored by woodworker George Nakashima and architect and industrial designers Noémi and Antonin Raymond at their respective New Hope, PA, compounds. More

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LocalLecture

Erica Stoller and Nina Rappaport on Ezra Stoller

As part of the lecture series “The Glass House Presents,” Esto director Erica Stoller and architectural historian and DOCOMOMO NY Vice President Nina Rappaport will discuss Ezra Stoller, the preeminent American architectural photographer whose images helped define mid-century Modernism. More

Rantoul House (1947), designed by Sherwood Mills & Smith. This was the first home that Ezra Stoller photographed in New Canaan, CT. ©Ezra Stoller/Esto
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LocalLecture

A Challenge or a Gift? Conserving the Original Building Materials of Louis Kahn's Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Situated on a Southern California bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (1965) is one of architect Louis Kahn's most recognized works. The prefabricated, teak window assemblies and concrete walls of the studies and offices flanking the Institute's plaza define this distinctive complex. After fifty years in an exposed marine environment, however, the building complex has shown signs of deterioration and weathering to a non-uniform appearance. More

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LocalBook Talk

The Man Who Designed the Future: Norman Bel Geddes

B. Alexandra Szerlip will discuss her soon-to-be-released book, The Man Who Designed the Future: Norman Bel Geddes and the Invention of Twentieth-Century America (Melville House, 2017). A ninth-grade dropout who found himself at the center of the worlds of industry, advertising, theater, and even gaming, Norman Bel Geddes designed everything from the first all-weather stadium to Manhattan’s most exclusive nightclub to Futurama, the prescient 1939 World’s Fair exhibit that envisioned how America would look in the not-too-distant 1960s. More

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October 23, 2016

One and One is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers

Influential pioneer of Modernism Josef Albers worked in and taught many disciplines, perhaps the least well-known being his photography, which was discovered after his death in 1976. A highlight of his photography is a set of 70 photocollages that he produced with photos taken during his time at the Bauhaus from 1928 to 1932. The collages represent ideas Albers confronted throughout his life, such as perception, seriality, and the use of handcraft versus mechanical production. MoMA’s recent acquisition of 10 collages, in addition to two previously donated by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, makes it the largest collection of its kind outside the Foundation. More

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October 23, 2016

How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior

In the early 1930s, Alfred J. Barr and Philip Johnson transformed the museum world by establishing the Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Architecture and Design and extending the museum’s scope to include architecture, photography, graphic design, furniture, industrial design, and film. Since then, curators have focused on the question “How should we live?” as one of the most vital issues in contemporary design. See how Modernist designers answered that question through this exhibition, which features frequently neglected elements of domestic interiors, exhibition displays, and retail spaces of the 1920s-1950s, More

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February 16, 2017

Architecture of Independence – African Modernism

Opening February 16 at the Center for Architecture, Architecture of Independence - African Modernism explores the complex legacy of Modern architecture and nation-building in 1960s and 70s postcolonial Africa, when many Sub-Saharan countries gained their independence and turned to experimental and futuristic architecture to express their national identities. Parliament buildings, central banks, stadiums, conference centers, universities and independence memorials were constructed, often featuring heroic and daring designs. More

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February 20, 2017

Breuer Revisited: New Photographs by Luisa Lambri and Bas Princen

This exhibition presents two series of commissioned photographs by Luisa Lambri and Bas Princen that capture the architecture of four iconic Marcel Breuer buildings. Saint John's Abbey Church in Collegeville, Minnesota, and the UNESCO headquarters in Paris were selected for their scale and significance to Breuer’s career. The IBM research center in La Gaude, France, served as the experimental site where sophisticated prefabricated systems for concrete constructions were developed. The fourth building, the former Whitney Museum of American Art and now The Met Breuer, epitomizes the architect's principles. Their photographs explore the relationship between the built environment and its inhabitants and offer two distinct views of how Breuer's monumental buildings exist today. 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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