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Calendar of Events: October 2019

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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LocalTour

The Architect of Light: Happy Hour & Tour of Louis Kahn's Final Masterpiece

A tour of the presidential memorial led by Robert Balder, the Executive Director of Cornell's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and Stephen Martin, the Conservancy’s former Director of Design and Planning, detailing the design philosophy of Kahn and the changing landscape of Roosevelt Island and New York City. This event is part of AIANY Archtober, New York City’s architecture and design month. More

FDR Four Freedoms Park, Louis Kahn. image: Louis I. Kahn Collection, University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations

Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: Author Sam Lubell Explores Tri-State Highlights

Take a road trip with architectural journalist Sam Lubell who will share his insights into celebrated and lesser known Modern architecture destinations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut described in his book "Mid-Century Modern Architecture Travel Guide: East Coast USA," recently published by Phaidon. More

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LocalExhibition and Symposium

Shoreline: Remembering a Waterfront Vision

This fall, El Museo presents “Shoreline: Remembering a Waterfront Vision,” a special project that looks into the history of Buffalo’s Shoreline Apartments, a housing complex designed by Paul Rudolph (1918–1997). The project will open with an exhibition of documents, drawings, photographs, and artworks, spanning from the original vision of the Buffalo Waterfront Development in the 1960s to the eventual destruction of Shoreline in recent years. More

A view from the Shoreline Apartments towards downtown Buffalo, early 1970s. Photographer unknown. Image from the Paul Marvin Rudolph archive, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress. © The Estate of Paul Rudolph, The Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation.
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LocalLecture

A Time of Heroics: Paul Rudolph and Yale, 1958–1965, Robert A.M. Stern

Robert A.M. Stern will deliver this lecture at the Yale School of Architecture as part of Yale School of Architecture’s Fall Lecture Series. The presentation will focus on Paul Rudolph’s (1918–1997) tenure as Chairman of the Department of Architecture at Yale University's School of Art and Architecture from 1958 to 1965, a high point in his career as an educator and as an architect, addressing his efforts to assemble a faculty representing diverse viewpoints. More

Robert A.M. Stern
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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIMembers-only Tour

Kaneji Domoto in Usonia

The community of Usonia in Pleasantville, NY, 35 miles north of New York City, is the only fully realized example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision for an exurban United States and an example of what it meant to design, and live, within Wright’s millieu. Wright designed the site plan and served on the building committee, defining the architectural style. He eventually designed three of the cooperative’s 47 homes. Five of the remaining houses were designed by Kaneji Domoto, who used the houses to translate Wright’s idiom to low-cost construction. More

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LocalTour

Louis Kahn's Modernism & the Architecture of Memorialization

This tour organized by Four Freedoms Park Conservancy and DOCOMOMO US, will explore the design philosophy and work of modernist architect Louis Kahn, his posthumously completed design for the memorial, and issues surrounding public memorialization. This event is part of DOCOMOMO US Tour Day 2019. More

Aeriel photo of Roosevelt Island with FDR Four Freedoms Park in the foreground ©Steve Amiaga
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LocalStudy Tour

Glass House + Schlumberger Building | The Glass House

Visit the Glass House and explore two important early examples of mid-century architecture designed by Philip Johnson (1906–2005) on a one-day study tour of the Glass House (1949) and the Schlumberger Research Center Administration Building (1951-1952), Philip Johnson’s first non-residential building. The Research Center was recently renovated by Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows to serve as the headquarters of their firm, BassamFellows. More

Schlumberger Research Center Administration Building (Philip Johnson, 1952) in Ridgefield, CT.
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LocalSymposium

Symposium—Re-Forming Modernism: Craft, Design, and Architecture at the Bauhaus

This symposium, organized by Bard Graduate Center, engages with the history and legacy of the Bauhaus as a school of craft and design within the context of design reform during the modern period. More

Theodor Bogler, Mocha Machine, slip-cast porcelain (for Älteste Volkstedter Porzellanfabrik), 1923.
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LocalTour

2019 Sunset Tours of Manitoga

Visit Manitoga and enjoy a late afternoon in-depth tour of the house, studio, and woodland garden of pioneer industrial designer, Russel Wright (1904–1976). After exploring these highlights of the 75-acre site, view a majestic sunset with a glass of wine and conversation with other design enthusiasts on Dragon Rock House's terraces overlooking the quarry pool. More

Dragon Rock, Russel Wright\'s house--with its very early green roof.
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LocalLecture

Beyond the Glass House: New Canaan Mid-Century Modern Houses 1947–1979

Join guest editor and architect Alan Goldberg and photographer Michael Biondo for a conversation with writer Gwen North Reiss about the New Canaan houses featured in a+u – Architecture & Urbanism, a magazine in Japanese and English that provides information on architecture around the globe to a global audience. The discussion will center on a recent issue that examined fourteen Mid-Century Modern houses in New Canaan, CT, designed by nine architects between the years 1947-1979. More

Southside of Lee House I, Drawn by John Black Lee, 1953, Courtesy of John Lee, Jr.
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LocalSymposium

Symposium — Shoreline: Remembering a Waterfront Vision

A public symposium October 25–26 will convene architects, urban planners, preservationists, and researchers to discuss Paul Rudolph’s design legacy in Buffalo and New York state, the social legacy of urban renewal and modernism, and preservation efforts surrounding these sites and structures. This event will take place at the Earl W. Brydges (Central) Library in Niagara Falls and at the Frank E. Merriweather (Jefferson) Library in Buffalo. More

A view from the Shoreline Apartments towards downtown Buffalo, early 1970s. Photographer unknown. Image from the Paul Marvin Rudolph archive, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress. © The Estate of Paul Rudolph, The Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation.
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LocalLecture

Henry Cobb Lecture

Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation will host a lecture by Henry N. Cobb with a response by Columbia GSAPP Professor Laurie Hawkinson. Henry N. Cobb is a founding partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects. His built works embrace a wide range of building types in cities across North America and around the world. Throughout his career, Cobb has coupled his professional activity with teaching. More

John Hancock Building, Henry Cobb, 1967–1976, Boston, MA. Photo: Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners.
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LocalSymposium

My Bauhaus: Transmedial Encounters

This symposium hosted by the Yale School of Architecture marks the centennial of the founding of the legendary Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany in 1919. Particular focus will be on the legacy of Josef and Anni Albers. The two-day event brings together art and architectural historians, artists, curators, and educators using various tools and presentation formats, including scholarship, film, performance, and painting, to investigate the history and legacy of the short-lived institution and its key members. More

Diagram showing method of draft notation (warp twill) by Anni Albers, ca. 1965 Plate 11 from On Weaving, 1965 Ink, pencil, and correction fluid on gridded paper 10 7/8 x 8 ½ in. (27.8 x 21.6 cm) The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Anni Albers Papers, 27.5 © 2019 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Continuing this month

LocalExhibition

October 4, 2019

Shoreline: Remembering a Waterfront Vision

This fall, El Museo presents “Shoreline: Remembering a Waterfront Vision,” a special project that looks into the history of Buffalo’s Shoreline Apartments, a housing complex designed by Paul Rudolph (1918–1997). The project will open with an exhibition of documents, drawings, photographs, and artworks, spanning from the original vision of the Buffalo Waterfront Development in the 1960s to the eventual destruction of Shoreline in recent years. More

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