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Calendar of Events: November 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.

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LocalWalking Tour

Midtown Manhattan: Modernism Evolving—East 42nd St, the United Nations and Vicinity

With DOCOMOMO NY/Tri’s own Kyle Johnson as your guide, view some of Midtown’s most distinctive buildings and interiors in this two-part tour on November 9 and November 16. Featured stops on the first tour range from the Art Deco Chrysler and Chanin Buildings and Raymond Hood’s Daily News Building to the groundbreaking United Nations headquarters and Kevin Roche’s Ford Foundation and UN Plaza buildings. More

Ford Foundation Headquarters, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Assoc., 1963–1968. photo: K. Randall
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LocalWalking Tour

Rockefeller University: A Walking Tour

Founded by John D. Rockefeller Sr. in 1901 as the first biomedical research center in America, Rockefeller University expanded its mission from public health concerns to include graduate education, becoming one of the foremost scientific institutions in the world. So too has the campus architecture evolved, from the neo-Classical forms of York & Sawyer to the mid-century Modernism of Harrison & Abramovitz. Led by architectural historian and DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State board member John Kriskiewicz, the past, present and future of this eminent Upper East Side institution will be revealed in this rare campus tour. More

Caspary Auditorium, Rockefeller University, Harrison & Abramovitz, 1958
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LocalExhibition

Munio Gitai Weinraub: Revisiting a Kibbutz

This installation at MoMA explores a modern kibbutz designed by the Israeli architect Munio Gitai Weinraub (1909–1970) and built between 1963 and 1967 in Kfar Masaryk village, in northern Israel. A Bauhaus Dessau–trained architect who studied under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Hannes Meyer before immigrating to Palestine in 1934, Weinraub’s work has been long overlooked. More

Munio Weinraub at Bauhaus school in Germany, 1930. Image source: wikimedia commons
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LocalWalking Tour

Midtown Manhattan: Modernism Evolving—the Park Avenue Corridor (with a few diversions)

Park Avenue is the epicenter of Corporate Modernism. On Part II of Midtown Manhattan: Modernism Evolving with architect and architectural historian Kyle Johnson, view three Modern masterpieces by Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois of SOM, Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building, as well as more “vernacular” Modern office buildings by Emery Roth and others. Also included are a distinguished Art Deco tower and lobby, a Morris Lapidus-designed hotel, and late Modern and Postmodern designs by Edward Larrabee Barnes, Philip Johnson, and I. M. Pei. More

Summit Hotel, Morris Lapidus, 1960. photo: K. Randall
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LocalBook Talk

Looking Twice: Understanding Urban Construction Through Photographs

Erica Stoller will discuss rarely-seen images of models, construction, and final views made in the 1950s and 60s of the most important Modernist buildings on Park Avenue and other New York City sites. Looking beyond the content, she explains how to begin to understand the photographer's decisions about where, when, and how the classic Esto images were made. More

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LocalLecture

Czechoslovak Modernism 1918-38: The Unknown Avant Garde

Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is hosting a lunchtime lecture with Vladimír Šlapeta, an architect, historian and professor at the University of Technology Brno, who will discuss Czechoslovak Modernism between the Wars. The talk has been organized by architectural historian and Columbia professor Kenneth Frampton. More

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LocalExhibition

June 9, 2013

A Snapshot of Mid-Century Architecture in New Canaan

Pedro E. Guerrero is best known as Frank Lloyd Wright’s official photographer, but he also documented work by many of the most iconic mid-century architects. A long-time New Canaan resident, Guerrero photographed houses by Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, and Edward Durell Stone, among others. A collection of his work will be on display in the New Canaan Historical Society’s new exhibit, “Pedro E. Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life.” More

Continuing this month

LocalExhibition

November 11, 2013

Munio Gitai Weinraub: Revisiting a Kibbutz

This installation at MoMA explores a modern kibbutz designed by the Israeli architect Munio Gitai Weinraub (1909–1970) and built between 1963 and 1967 in Kfar Masaryk village, in northern Israel. A Bauhaus Dessau–trained architect who studied under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Hannes Meyer before immigrating to Palestine in 1934, Weinraub’s work has been long overlooked. More

Continuing this month

LocalExhibition

November 11, 2013

Adolf Loos: Our Contemporary

The exhibition “Adolf Loos: Our Contemporary” celebrates the centenary of the Looshaus in Vienna and the publication of Adolf Loos’ most provocative theoretical text: Ornament and Crime. Its primary aim is to map some significant reactions to Loos both among his closest followers, like Paul Engelmann, and more distant admirers such as Ernesto Rogers and Aldo Rossi. More

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