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Calendar of Events: May 2015

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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Michael Biondo’s New Canaan photographs on view at the Gores Pavilion

Get an updated perspective on New Canaan Modernism. Photographs by Michael Biondo for the book Midcentury Houses Today can be seen in an exhibition at the Gores Pavilion. The book documents how New Canaan Modern houses have evolved to meet changing circumstances in the decades since their construction. More

Brown House, Elliot Noyes, 1950; addition and renovation by Joeb Moore, 2002. Photo: Michael Biondo.
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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations Series

Queens Modern with Frampton Tolbert: A Modern Conversation

Curated by preservationist Frampton Tolbert, a new website devoted to exploring and documenting Modern architecture in Queens, NY launched earlier this year. The site, “Queens MODERN,” looks at the borough’s mid-century architecture through the lens of the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s annual Building Awards program, which honored nearly 400 buildings between 1948 and 1970. For our DOCOMOMO Modern Conversations program Tolbert will discuss both celebrated and lesser-known Modern architecture of Queens. More

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Exhibit documents Hans Hofmann murals integral to New York City Modern buildings

Large mosaic murals adorning two of Manhattan's important mid-century Modern buildings are now featured in an exhibition at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. Entitled "Walls of Color: the Murals of Hans Hofmann," the show documents the pioneering abstract expressionist's bold contributions to the office building at 711 Third Avenue, 1956, by architect William Lescaze, and the High School of Printing (now High School of Graphic Arts Communication), 1959, on West 49th Street, by Kelly & Gruzen. More

Hans Hofmann mural, elevator lobby, 711 Third Avenue, William Lescaze, 1956.
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Manitoga presents: Sanctuary, an installation of aquatic architecture

Manitoga, the house, studio and woodland garden of mid-century designer Russel Wright in Garrison, NY, is featuring an installation of aquatic architecture by resident artist Stephen Talasnik. More

Sanctuary, a temporary site installation by Stephen Talasnik at the Manitoga site in Garrison, NY. Photo: Don Pollard.
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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIFilm Premiere

Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion Premieres

Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion will premiere at the Queens Theatre In the Park on Friday, May 22. This film written and directed by Matthew Silva tells the story of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion during the glory days of the 1964-65 World's Fair and straight into its gradual demise over the past 50 years. More

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February 11, 2015

Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940–1978

"Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940–1978" examines how design, one of the most innovative chapters in the history of Latin American modernism, transformed the domestic landscape in a period marked by major stylistic developments and social political changes. Sheltered from the overall destruction and disarray of World War II, many Latin American countries (specifically Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela) entered an expansive period of economic growth in the late 1940s through the 1950s, which resulted in the modernization of major cities. More

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February 13, 2015

Prague Functionalism: Tradition and Contemporary Echoes

Though Prague is most famous for its Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, the interwar years turned the city into an important center of Modern architecture, comparable with the Bauhaus in Germany and the Dutch De Stijl. The architectural avant-garde, increasingly supported by the middle class, designed a broad range of structures in the 1920s and 1930s, from tenement and family houses, to administrative buildings, schools, and even churches. More

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February 23, 2015

Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand

Currently on view at the Museum of the City of New York, “Everything Is Design: The Work of Paul Rand” features more than 150 advertisements, posters, corporate brochures, and books by this master of American design. It was Rand who most creatively brought European avant-garde art movements such as Cubism and Constructivism to graphic design in the United States. More

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March 26, 2015

The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley

Dan Kiley (1912-2004) worked with equally significant architects, including Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn, and I.M. Pei, to create internationally-acknowledged Modernist icons. His design legacy is substantial, influential, and, like the broad swath of our Modernist-designed landscape legacy, ephemeral. The exhibition honors Kiley and his legacy and calls attention to the need for informed and effective stewardship of his work—and by extension Modernist landscape design. More

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March 29, 2015

Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980

In 1955 MoMA staged "Latin American Architecture since 1945," a landmark survey of modern architecture in Latin America. On the 60th anniversary of that important show, the Museum returns to the region to offer a complex overview of the positions, debates, and architectural creativity from Mexico and Cuba to the Southern Cone between 1955 and the early 1980s. More

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March 30, 2015

A Home for Art: Edward Larrabee Barnes and the KMA

This exhibition offers an overview of Edward Larrabee Barnes’ career and role in Modern architecture, including a close look at the many Westchester homes he designed. With an architectural practice based in Manhattan, Barnes raised his family in Mt. Kisco, and the story of Barnes’ relationship to the Katonah Museum of Art crosses the worlds of business, art, and family life. More

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April 21, 2015

Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks

Many believe New York’s pioneering Landmarks Law, enacted in April 1965, was the key factor in the rebirth of New York in the final quarter of the 20th century. "Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks," the Museum of the City of New York’s recently opened exhibition, explores the roots and history of the landmark preservation movement in the city while making the case that today old buildings contribute to vibrant neighborhoods and to the city’s economic growth. More

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April 27, 2015

Pennsylvania Modern Architecture Juried Photo Exhibit

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is hosting a juried photo exhibit at The State Museum focusing on Pennsylvania’s wide variety of Modern architecture. Deadline for entries June 30. More

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May 1, 2015

Michael Biondo’s New Canaan photographs on view at the Gores Pavilion

Get an updated perspective on New Canaan Modernism. Photographs by Michael Biondo for the book Midcentury Houses Today can be seen in an exhibition at the Gores Pavilion. The book documents how New Canaan Modern houses have evolved to meet changing circumstances in the decades since their construction. More

Continuing this month

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May 20, 2015

Manitoga presents: Sanctuary, an installation of aquatic architecture

Manitoga, the house, studio and woodland garden of mid-century designer Russel Wright in Garrison, NY, is featuring an installation of aquatic architecture by resident artist Stephen Talasnik. More

Continuing this month

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May 20, 2015

Exhibit documents Hans Hofmann murals integral to New York City Modern buildings

Large mosaic murals adorning two of Manhattan's important mid-century Modern buildings are now featured in an exhibition at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. Entitled "Walls of Color: the Murals of Hans Hofmann," the show documents the pioneering abstract expressionist's bold contributions to the office building at 711 Third Avenue, 1956, by architect William Lescaze, and the High School of Printing (now High School of Graphic Arts Communication), 1959, on West 49th Street, by Kelly & Gruzen. More

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