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Calendar of Events: January 2013

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.



Things to Come: Norman Bel Geddes and the Architecture of the Future

Join the City Museum of New York’s Curator of Architecture and Design Donald Albrecht for a lively talk exploring Norman Bel Geddes’s contributions to futurist American architecture, including visionary, never-realized projects. Ranging from nightclubs to sky-high revolving restaurants, baseball stadiums to television studios, Bel Geddes’s architectural visions culminated with his Futurama exhibition at the 1939–1940 New York World’s Fair. More

Richard Garrison, Norman Bel Geddes with Futurama Diorama, ca. 1939

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Lessons from Modernism: Environmental Design Considerations in 20th Century Architecture, 1925-1970

Presented by The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design and The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, “Lessons From Modernism” examines selected works of architecture completed between 1925–1970 through the lens of sustainability. More

Open Air School model, Johannes Duiker, 1930. Courtesy the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive of The Cooper Union


Modern Generation: Conversation with Jake Gorst

The Neighborhood Preservation Center is hosting a new conversation series featuring architectural conservator Mary Kay Judy interviewing filmmakers about their efforts to document the Modern Movement. The series kicks off with filmmaker Jake Gorst, grandson of architect Andrew Geller, who produced "Leisurama" and "Modern Tide: Mid-Century Architecture on Long Island." More

Luck House, Horace Gifford.
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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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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

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January 24, 2013

Ezra Stoller: Beyond Architecture

“Ezra Stoller: Beyond Architecture,” at the Yossi Milo Gallery in Chelsea, features rarely-seen images selected from the Stoller archive specifically to highlight the legendary photographer’s eye for capturing industry, technology, transportation and working-class Americans at mid-century. The exhibition covers a wide range of his work, including images commissioned by Fortune, Architectural Forum, and House Beautiful magazines in the 1940s and for commercial projects for IBM, Upjohn Pharmaceuticals and CBS in the 1940s and 1950s. More