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Calendar of Events: October 2012

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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LocalPresentations

New York Brno Days: Villa Tugendhat

A truly one-of-a-kind event, on October 1 & 2, representatives of the City of Brno in Czech Republic will be in New York to present the specialness of one world class city to the citizens of another. Billed as "New York Brno Days," this two-day gathering will introduce the cultural and architectural genius loci of Brno as well as to promote the city as a knowledge and business center. More

Villa Tugendhat prior to its 2010 restoration. Photo by Daniel Fiser
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LocalTalk

Park Avenue in Context: Film clips and a discussion of the Midtown rezoning

In this fun program of film clips and commentary, architectural historian and DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State board member John Kriskiewicz will examine Midtown’s Park Avenue, which was transformed in a few short years following the Second World War into an office district of Modernist glass towers. More

Modernism on Park Avenue
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LocalTour Day

DOCOMOMO US Tour Day 2012

DOCOMOMO US, the national organization that coordinates and supports local DOCOMOMO chapters, has announced its 6th annual Tour Day. Exclusive events and tours featuring Modern Movement architecture will be hosted by all 13 DOCOMOMO US chapters and affiliate partners on Saturday October 6. More

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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIOpen House & Tour

NY/Tri-State Lands at TWA for OHNY Weekend 2012

We are thrilled to announce that DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State will be co-sponsoring an open house at Eero Saarinen’s seminal TWA Flight Center at Kennedy Airport as part of Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend. The terminal, which was closed in 2001, will be open to the public on Sunday October 7 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. More

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LocalScreening and Discussion

Unfinished Spaces - Film Screening and Roundtable Discussion

To celebrate Archtober, the month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions in New York City, the Cooper Union is hosting a film screening of the documentary “Unfinished Spaces,” which explores the incomplete modernist buildings of Cuba's National Art Schools. n 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana. More

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LocalFilm Festival

Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York

The Architecture & Design Film Festival is returning to the Tribeca Cinemas for its fourth season. This year’s line-up includes more than twenty-five films from eleven countries, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, architects, designers, and industry leaders. More

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LocalExhibition

Russel Wright: The Nature of Design

Currently on view at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, the exhibition “Russel Wright: The Nature of Design” explores the work and philosophy of renowned industrial designer Russel Wright, whose former home in the Hudson Valley—Manitoga—is now a national historic landmark. The exhibition focuses on one of Wright's most pervasive preoccupations, which also has much relevance today: the relationship of humankind with the natural world. More

Russel Wright, Oceana decorative accessories in wood, 1930s
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LocalPublication Launch

Modern Landscapes: Transition and Transformation

Lawrence Halprin’s Skyline Park is the inaugural publication from Modern Landscapes: Transition and Transformation, a Princeton Architectural Press series produced with The Cultural Landscape Foundation that focuses on mid-century works that have been demolished or have undergone a significant transformation. Skyline Park showcases the acclaimed landscape architect’s urban renewal effort for downtown Denver in the 1970s through new photography, archival drawings and original documentation. More

Continuing this month

LocalExhibition

July 27, 2012

A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion

On October 22, 1953, “Sixty Years of Living Architecture: The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright” opened in New York on the site where the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum would eventually be built. Two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings were constructed specifically to house the exhibition: a temporary pavilion made of glass, fiberboard and pipe columns; and a 1,700-square-foot, fully furnished, two-bedroom, model Usonian house representing Wright’s organic solution for modest, middle-class dwellings. More

Continuing this month

LocalExhibition

October 1, 2012

Russel Wright: The Nature of Design

Currently on view at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz, the exhibition “Russel Wright: The Nature of Design” explores the work and philosophy of renowned industrial designer Russel Wright, whose former home in the Hudson Valley—Manitoga—is now a national historic landmark. The exhibition focuses on one of Wright's most pervasive preoccupations, which also has much relevance today: the relationship of humankind with the natural world. More

Continuing this month

LocalFilm Festival

October 18, 2012

Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York

The Architecture & Design Film Festival is returning to the Tribeca Cinemas for its fourth season. This year’s line-up includes more than twenty-five films from eleven countries, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, architects, designers, and industry leaders. More

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