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Calendar of Events: June 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.



Mies Van der Rohe’s Tugendhat House up close

Mies Van der Rohe’s Tugendhat House in Brno, Czech Republic, is a preeminent example of early and remarkably innovative modern design. The Tugendhat House, completed in 1930 and designed at the same time as the Barcelona Pavilion, shares many important design features with the Pavilion such as a free plan, extensive use of glass and steel, chrome-clad columns, and an onyx wall. More

Tugendhat House, Mies Van der Rohe, 1930, Brno, Czech Republic. Photo: David Zidlicky.


Bauhaus Femininities in Transformation

The Bard Graduate Center hosts this talk by Elizabeth Otto. Otto is a specialist in gender, art history, and the visual cultures of modernism. Together with Patrick Rössler, she wrote Bauhaus Women: A Global Perspective (2019), a major new survey of female Bauhaus artists and designers. More

Photo courtesy of Bard Graduate Center.

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The Glass House: The Summer Party

The Glass House Summer Party returns to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the history-making house Philip Johnson designed for himself in the Connecticut woods in 1949. The event encompasses performance, exhibition, gallery visits, an auction, gourmet picnic and more—all to benefit restoration of Johnson’s numerous buildings on the site and the Glass House’s programming to raise awareness of Modern architecture and art. More

Philip Johnson's Pavilion in the Pond at the Glass House. Photo: Billy Farrell Agency.


Tour the Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates Studio

The Roche Dinkeloo firm is opening their Connecticut office and studio to the public with an upcoming tour. Founded in 1966, the architecture and planning firm of Roche Dinkeloo has engaged in major projects throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. More

Office interior, The Ford Foundation, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates LLC, 1968.


Modernism in America 2019 Awards Ceremony

The sixth annual DOCOMOMO US Modernism in America Awards acknowledge the contributions of ten award recipients—architects, designers, and preservation professionals—whose work exemplifies the best in preservation practice for modern sites, landscapes and beyond. This year’s awards recognize new approaches to livable modernism, a once-in-a-lifetime effort to modernize one of the country’s most iconic landmarks, projects where vision and community coalesce, and the collaborative nature of art and design. More



Paul Makovsky on Florence Knoll Bassett

For the next Modern Conversation, Paul Makovsky will discuss the fascinating life and career of Florence Knoll, one of the most influential women in American design in the 20th century. For more than two decades, she was the design force behind Knoll Inc. where she established and led its interior design division—the Knoll Planning Unit—which created elegant office spaces for clients such as CBS, Look magazine, H.J. Heinz, Connecticut General, and the U.S. State Department. Makovsky was well acquainted with Florence Knoll, has extensively researched her life and work, and is writing a book about her. More

Florence Knoll Bassett Photo from the 2004 Philadelphia Art Museum exhibit "Florence Knoll Bassett: Defining Modern," co-produced with Knoll, Inc.


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.