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Calendar of Events: December 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

The Enduring Impact of Mid-Century Design

The AIANY Interiors Committee and Knoll Studio will host a discussion with noted antiques expert Judith Miller about her recently published book, Mid-Century Modern: Living with Mid-Century Modern Design. Joining her are Benjamin Prado of Knoll, MoMA curatorial assistant Aidan O’Connor, and design journalist Terry Trucco. Mid-Century Modern explores the careers and influence of groundbreaking designers including Charles and Ray Eames, Alvar Aalto, Robin and Lucienne Day, Georg Jensen, Arne Jacobsen and others. Key design pieces, including a number of previously unpublished examples, are placed in historical context with coverage of innovations in design, production methods and materials. A cocktail reception will precede the talk. More


LocalExhibition Opening

Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s

This soon-to-open exhibition, “Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s,” showcases six Depression-era expositions that brought visions of a brighter future to tens of millions of Americans. As many Americans still waited on bread lines, fairs in Chicago (1933/34), San Diego (1935/36), Dallas (1936), Cleveland (1936/37), San Francisco (1939/40), and New York (1939/40) foretold much of what would become commonplace in postwar America—from highways and the spread of suburbia to modernist skyscrapers and products such as electric toasters, nylon stockings and television. The fairs looked forward to an era of prosperity, when ingenuity and innovation would transform not only American cities but also the everyday lives of American citizens. Visitors will see sleek, modern furniture and appliances of the era, vintage footage from the fairs, and futuristic drawings of the New York World's Fair's buildings from the Museum of the City of New York’s collection. More

“See My Shadow” by Richard Wurts, 1938. Courtesy Museum of the City of New York

LocalBook Talk

Nina Rappaport & Erica Stoller present Ezra Stoller, Photographer

For the last installment of the 2012 AIANY Oculus Book Talk series, Nina Rappaport and Erica Stoller will present their just-released book Ezra Stoller, Photographer. Ezra Stoller (1915–2004) elevated architectural photography to an art form, shooting impeccable images of modernist buildings. Living and working in New York from the early 1940s to the mid-1970s, he photographed such mid-century masterpieces as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building, as well as structures by Alvar Aalto, Louis Kahn, Eero Saarinen, and others. Critically acclaimed for his precise attention to form, detail and light, Stoller is often cited as aiding the rise of Modernism in America. 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