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Calendar of Events: February 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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Coming of Age: Preserving Buildings of the Modern Era

This year’s gathering of the Northeast Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology will focus on technical issues concerning the preservation of Modern buildings. The event will take place at two iconic buildings on the Albany Mall—The Egg and the New York State Museum. Two of the three Saturday tours will explore the city’s Modern heritage—Edward Durell Stone’ s SUNY Albany campus and Wallace Harrison’s Empire State Plaza, aka the Albany Mall. More

Photo: Christopher Brazee
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Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design Curator's Gallery Tour with Esther da Costa Meyer

Join DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State for a special gallery tour of the Pierre Chareau exhibition led by curator Esther da Costa Meyer. The Jewish Museum is currently showing the first U.S. exhibition on French designer and architect Pierre Chareau. Showcasing rare furniture, lighting fixtures, and interiors, as well as designs for the extraordinary Maison de Verre in Paris, the exhibition brings together over 180 rarely-seen works from major public and private collections. More

Maison de Verre, Pierre Chareau and Bernard Bijvoet, 1928–1932, Paris. Photograph © Mark Lyon
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October 23, 2016

Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design

The Jewish Museum continues its slew of wonderful design exhibitions, bringing us the first-ever U.S. exhibition on French designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883-1950). The show includes rare pieces from his most famous work, the Maison de Verre in Paris, a collaboration with Bernard Bijvoet and Louis Dalbet, as well as his collaboration with Robert Motherwell on the artist’s home and studio in East Hampton. The exhibition looks at Chareau’s work within the fuller context of his life, including his Jewish heritage, his patronage of the Modern art scene, and his experience living through two World Wars and fleeing to New York to escape Nazi persecution. 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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