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Calendar of Events: August 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): Crosstown Section: 53rd St. 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. Smaller gems like the former Rockefeller Guest House, Austrian Cultural Institute and Paley Park are also included, as are interior spaces featuring work by artists Isamu Noguchi and Louise Nevelson. More

Citicorp Center
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LocalWalking Tour

Roosevelt Island: 1970s "New Town In Town" to FDR Four Freedoms Park

View a sampling of buildings from four centuries on the island formerly known as Blackwell’s Island, later Welfare Island and since 1973 Roosevelt Island—planned by Philip Johnson & John Burgee—culminating in the recently completed FDR Four Freedoms Park designed by Louis Kahn in 1973. Other highlights include the restored Blackwell farmhouse and Good Shepherd Chapel, James Renwick’s Smallpox Hospital ruins, 1970s UDC housing by Johansen & Bhavnani and Sert, Jackson & Associates, and recent housing by Gruzen Samton, among other works. More

Aeriel photo of Roosevelt Island with FDR Four Freedoms Park in the foreground ©Steve Amiaga
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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIMembers-only event

Private Gallery Tour — Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive

Please join DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State for a special private members-only gallery tour of the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive at The Museum of Modern Art led by exhibition organizer Barry Bergdoll, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University. More

Frank Lloyd Wright. March Balloons. 1955. Drawing based on a c. 1926 design for Liberty magazine. Colored pencil on paper. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)
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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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May 22, 2017

Modern in Pound Ridge: 20th Century Architecture + Lifestyle

The Pound Ridge Historical Society's current exhibition highlights the town’s first comprehensive survey of Modern architecture, an aspect of the area’s history that had been largely neglected. Pound Ridge had a reputation for attracting young couples prominent in the art, advertising, and publishing worlds. From 1939 to the early 1970s, at least 47 Modernist homes designed by architects such as Edward Larrabee Barnes, Peter Blake and Julian Neski, and David Henken were built. The exhibition explores how Modern design changed the Pound Ridge landscape and influenced the Post Modern and contemporary designs that followed. More

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June 12, 2017

Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th century, a radical designer and intellectual who embraced new technologies and materials, pioneered do-it-yourself construction systems as well as avant-garde experimentation, and advanced original theories with regards to nature, urban planning, and social politics. Marking the 150th anniversary of the American architect’s birth on June 8, 1867, MoMA presents a major exhibition that critically engages his multifaceted practice. More

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June 18, 2017

Wright’s Larkin: Arts and Crafts in Industry

This exhibition foregrounds the remarkable synergy between the Larkin Company and Frank Lloyd Wright, two disruptive forces in their respective fields. Wright’s commission to design the Larkin Company Administration Building (1906) in Buffalo showed how utopian Arts and Crafts ideals and technological advance could come together in ways that significantly changed modern industry. This exhibition gathers together many never before seen Wright-designed objects from the now destroyed Larkin Building, along with a spectacular collection of Larkin products. Complementing the exhibition will be an international conference on the architect and the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts, to be held in October at the University at Buffalo. More

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June 18, 2017

Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe at Cranbrook

Cranbrook Art Museum in Michigan presents the US debut of this career retrospective of Alexander Girard (1907–1993), an incredibly influential 20th-century tastemaker. Girard worked across the fields of architecture, interior design, textiles, and graphics to create stunning environments that greatly enriched the visual language of mid-century Modernism. Girard returned color, texture, decoration, the handmade, and even opulence to classic Modernism, making him an important touchstone for today’s artists and designers. More

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June 22, 2017

Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonia

This exhibition presents the houses by Japanese American architect and Taliesin student Kaneji Domoto in Westchester County’s Usonia, a small community for which Frank Lloyd Wright designed the site plan in accordance with his urbanistic principles. Featuring material from private archives that has never been shown publicly, the drawings, artifacts, models, and photographs exhibited show how Domoto’s work applied a Wrightian idiom and provide a glimpse at life in Frank Lloyd Wright’s inner circles. More

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June 29, 2017

Ezra Stoller Photographs Frank Lloyd Wright

As part of the ongoing celebrations of Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday, the Yossi Milo Gallery is mounting a show of Ezra Stoller photographs of iconic Wright works. Stoller’s concise and descriptive photographs defined perceptions of postwar Modern architecture. In 1945, Stoller was commissioned by Architectural Forum to photograph Taliesin and Taliesin West. The photographs were widely published and shown at the Museum of Modern Art in 1947. Stoller subsequently photographed many other Wright buildings, including the Guggenheim Museum, Fallingwater, the Marin County Civic Center, and the SC Johnson Research Tower, examples of which will be among the 20 gelatin silver prints on view. More

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July 18, 2017

Classic Wright: Frank Lloyd Wright in Print

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, Avery Classics Collection is exhibiting publications produced by and devoted to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibition incorporates books from Wright’s own library alongside volumes already owned by Avery Classics. Thematically it explores Wright’s ideas concerning book design and the Japanese print, along with the reception of his work in Europe, mediated by publications such as Ausgeführte Bauten and the Dutch periodical Wendingen. Finally, the exhibition allows the viewer a window into Wright’s creative process, following the evolution of a single manuscript from handwritten first draft through to publication. More

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July 19, 2017

Creativity on the Line: Design for the Corporate World, 1950–1975

This exhibition presents a fascinating new perspective on the creation and production of mid-century Modern design through the exploration of the groundbreaking work of major American designers such as Eliot Noyes and Paul Rand (for IBM and Westinghouse), Charles and Ray Eames (for Herman Miller) and Ivan Chermayeff (for Mobil Oil). European designers, including Ettore Sottsass and Marcello Nizzoli (for Olivetti) and Dieter Rams (for Braun), are also represented. More

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July 21, 2017

Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical

A seminal figure in 20th century design, Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) created a vast body of work, the result of an exceptionally productive career that spanned more than six decades. This exhibition reevaluates Sottsass's career in a presentation of key works, including architectural drawings, interiors, furniture, machines, ceramics, glass, jewelry, textiles and pattern, painting, and photography. The exhibition presents Sottsass's work in dialogue with ancient and contemporaneous objects that inspired him, as well as his influence on designers working today. These juxtapositions offer new insight into his designs, situating him within a broader design discourse that reveals him as a true design radical. More

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July 25, 2017

This Future Has a Past

This multimedia installation reflects on the life of Gregory Ain (1908–1988) and his last significant building, the 1950 Exhibition House for the MoMA garden. Ain worked primarily on the West Coast and was dedicated to creating Modern architecture that was also affordable. This Future Has a Past retraces the mysterious fate of the 1950 Exhibition House and unearths an extraordinary moment in Ain’s personal history. This exhibition was originally organized for the 15th International Venice Biennale of Architecture. More

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August 11, 2017

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

The story of master architect Louis Kahn is intrinsically connected to Philadelphia, where he spent most of his life and career. Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture is the first major retrospective of Kahn’s work in two decades, encompassing over 200 objects related to Kahn’s buildings and projects. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. The Fabric Workshop and Museum is the final venue of this exhibition’s international tour. More

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