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Calendar of Events: November 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.


LocalBook Talk

Caroline Zaleski on Long Island Modern

If you missed Caroline Zaleski at our September Modern Conversations event, you have another chance to hear all about Long Island Modernism. The AIA NY Historic Buildings and the Planning and Urban Design committees will host a discussion with Zaleski about her new book Long Island Modernism 1930–1980. Based on a survey conducted for the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, Zaleski’s book is the first illustrated history of Long Island’s Modern architecture. Part architectural history, part social history, Zaleski explains why Modernism was embraced by Long Island’s civic, cultural and business leaders as well as those escaping the city for the weekend. More


LocalBook signing

Edward Durell Stone: Modernism’s Populist Architect

Mary Anne Hunting’s soon to be released book, Edward Durell Stone: Modernism’s Populist Architect, establishes Stone’s foremost legacy: giving form to the aspirations of the emerging consumer culture and reconciling Modernism with the dynamism of the age. Hunting looks at Stone’s wholly unique Modern aesthetic of “new romanticism”—a Modernism inclusive of decoration—and shows the crucial role it played in defining middle-class culture. Hunting’s assessment looks at the architect’s career from the Great Depression through the 1970s and will add to the body of scholarly work on Stone, which until recently was quite limited. More



George Nelson: Design for Living, American Mid-Century Design and Its Legacy Today

Coinciding with the exhibition “George Nelson: Architect/Writer/Designer/Teacher” at the Yale School of Architecture, this symposium will bring together an international group of historians, critics and designers who will examine the work of the designer George Nelson (1908-1986) in the context of its time and the legacy of mid-century Modern design today. Nelson and his contemporaries helped to evolve the Bauhaus aesthetic into a more colorful, playful, technically savvy and versatile idiom evocative of the American lifestyle in the mid-century. More



The Architectural Consortium for Hizuchi Elementary School presents its winning project

Following an award ceremony, team members from the Architectural Consortium for Hizuchi Elementary School will present a public lecture introducing their restoration project, winner of the 2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Moderism Prize. More

Hizuchi Elementary School, Yawatahama City, Japan. Photo: ©Architectural Institute of Japan Shikoku Chapter/ Photographer KITAMURA Toru.


Metropolis screening and auction for APTNE

Our friends at the Northeast Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) have organized a screening of the restored 1927 Fritz Lang classic "Metropolis," complete with popcorn and pop. An auction with light hors d'oeuvres will proceed the screening. Proceeds go to the international organization’s 2013 conference, entitled “Preserving the Metropolis,” to be held in New York City October 11-16. APT is a cross-disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures (including Modern ones) and their settings. More



Lecture: Doris Duke's Shangri La

Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center invites you to its Modern Design Lecture: Doris Duke's Shangri La. Donald Albrecht and Thomas Mellins, co-curators of the exhibition "Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape and Islamic Art" will discuss the extraordinary dialogue between Islamic tradition and and western modernity that shaped Duke's fabled Honolulu residence. More


LocalBook Launch

Translate: Ludwig Hilberseimer’s Metropolisarchitecture

On Monday, November 19, Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) is hosting a book discussion in connection to its Sourcebooks series. In the 1920s, the urban theory of Ludwig Hilberseimer (1885–1967) redefined architecture’s relationship to the city. His proposal for a high-rise city, where leisure, labor and circulation would be vertically integrated, both frightened his contemporaries and offered a trenchant critique of the dynamics of the capitalist metropolis. Hilberseimer’s Groszstadt-architektur (Metropolisarchitecture) is presented here for the first time in English translation. More


DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversation Series

John Kriskiewicz: Park Avenue In Context, In Films

In this fun program of film clips and commentary, architectural historian and DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State board member John Kriskiewicz will examine how midtown Manhattan’s Park Avenue was transformed in a few short years following the Second World War from a Beaux Arts boulevard of masonry apartments and hotels into the premier office district of Modern glass towers. Films such as "The Best of Everything" (1959), "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" (1961), and "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" (1967) chronicle More

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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

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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

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November 8, 2012

George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher

This exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of George Nelson, one of the most influential figures in American design during the second half of the twentieth century. “George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher” presents more than 120 three-dimensional objects—furniture, cabinets, lamps, clocks, and more—including the "Coconut Chair" (1956), "Marshmallow Sofa" (1956), "Ball Clock" (1947), and "Bubble Lamps" (1952 onwards). These are supplemented by historical documents in the form of drawings, photographs, architectural models, and films. More