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Calendar of Events: May 2010

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.



Franzen House Benefit

In 1954, architect Ulrich Franzen spent several months thinking about a house that would complement the lifestyle of his young family. In 1955 he built that house. A year later it was named Architectural Record House of the Year. More

©Rob Mandolene

Further AfieldSeminar

DOCOMOMO International Seminar: Metal in Modern Movement Architecture

DOCOMOMO International Specialist Committee on Technology (ISC/T) with DOCOMOMO Japan will host a three-day technical seminar in Tokyo focusing on the use of metal and steel structures in Modern Movement architecture. More



Jayne Merkel comes to the Paul Rudolph Foundation’s Salon Series

Jayne Merkel, architectural historian and critic, will discuss the buildings, projects and furniture of Eero Saarinen Associates. More

Photo: K. Randall

LocalOpen House

Visit Philip Johnson’s first house; view Robert Damora’s photography

Philip Johnson’s Booth House in Bedford, NY was built in 1946 for Richard and Olga Booth, a young advertising executive and his wife. Predating the Glass House, the property features significant design details that Johnson would later incorporate into his own iconic house. More

© Robert Damora
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January 24, 2010

Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot

More on Westport, CT. The New York Times published an article in its real estate section last week about the mid-century Modern homes of Westport and the current exhibition at the Westport Historical Society. More

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Further AfieldExhibition

March 1, 2010

Between Earth and Heaven: The Architecture of John Lautner

The Palm Springs Art Museum presents “Between Earth and Heaven” a comprehensive overview of architecture by John Lautner. In a career spanning six decades, Lautner transformed the experience of shelter, creating dynamic living environments that were never static. More

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March 1, 2010

Modernism At Risk: Modern Solutions For Saving Modern Landmarks

Organized by the World Monuments Fund and sponsored by Knoll, “Modernism at Risk” will explore the critical role designers and architects play in saving endangered Modern buildings, demonstrating that these buildings can be economically and functionally viable and continue to serve as places to live, work, learn, gather and worship. More

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April 1, 2010

Exhibition of art commissioned for Percival Goodman-designed synagogue

Through August 1 - The Jewish Museum presents “Modern Art, Sacred Space: Motherwell, Ferber and Gottlieb” featuring artwork commissioned for architect Percival Goodman’s thoroughly modern 1951 Congregation B’nai Israel Synagogue in Millburn, NJ. More

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May 9, 2010

The Glass House, a new off-Broadway play

A new play explores the classic struggle of ambition, love and betrayal with the Glass House and the Farnsworth House at the center of the drama. More