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Calendar of Events: February 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.


LocalPanel Discussion

Ruins of Modernity: The Failures of Revolutionary Architecture in the 20th Century

As part of a month-long series of events taking place in New York to explore the subject of the death of art, this panel discussion will tackle architecture’s past, present and future as it relates to modern society. The dialogue will be spurred by some notable names in architecture theory, including Peter Eisenman, Reinhold Martin, Joan Ockman and Bernard Tschumi. More


LocalScavenger Hunt

DOCOMOMO US + OHNY Modern Architecture & Design Scavenger Hunt

Join DOCOMOMO US and Open House NY Saturday, February 9 for the 2nd Annual Modern Architecture & Design Scavenger Hunt. Spend the day exploring the city and taking photographs of the best examples of Modern architecture and design in New York for a chance to win great prizes! More



Ezra Stoller: Beyond Architecture Gallery Tour

Please join us for a special evening to benefit DOCOMOMO US New York/Tri-State. Erica Stoller and Nina Rappaport will lead a private gallery tour of the exhibition "Ezra Stoller: Beyond Architecture," which will be accompanied by a reception, at the Yossi Milo Gallery in Chelsea. More

IBM 702 Machine, 1955. Ezra Stoller © Milo Gallery, NY

LocalLecture and book signing

The World Trade Center

Anthony Robins was one of the first people to research and write about the planning and design of the World Trade Center. His book, "The World Trade Center," was published in 1987 when the twin towers loomed large in physical form and bravado. Join Landmark West! for a lecture on WTC by Robins and book signing of the new edition. More


LocalBook Talk

Caroline Zaleski on Long Island Modernism (rescheduled from December 1)

The Historic Buildings Committee of the AIA New York Chapter is hosting Caroline Zaleski for a talk about her 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. Researching a group of 25 internationally renowned architects, Zaleski covers the relatively unknown aspects of their production and their associations with clients, artists and politicians while documenting the development of exurbia and the rise of visionary structures. 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



The International Style at the New York World's Fair with John Kriskiewicz

Unlike the Paris Exposition of 1937 or the exhibition two years later in San Francisco where architectural styles emphasized Modern Classicism, New York's World's Fair of 1939–1940 showcased the work of cutting-edge architects and designers. Working under the broad umbrella of the "International Style," these innovators included such notables as Alvar Aalto, Wallace K. Harrison, Oscar Niemeyer, and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Architectural historian and DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State board member John Kriskiewicz will shed light on these pivotal figures and how they helped to transform postwar architecture and design. More

General Motor\'s Futurama exhibit, designed by Norman Bel Geddes.
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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

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February 1, 2013

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