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Calendar of Events: October 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.



October events at the Glass House

Since its opening in 2007, the Philip Johnson Glass House has offered innovative programming that promotes a deeper understanding of the architect, his work, and Modern architecture as a whole. Their October lineup of events is no exception. More

Philip Johnson Glass House illuminated by Richard Kelly Lighting. Photo: Robin Hill


Kahn's Monument through the Lens

What better place to experiment with light and shadow than at Louis Kahn’s FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. Anya Hoyer, a visual artist, photographer, and teaching artist will lead the class in capturing Kahn’s monument along with classic skyline views of the city. More



October events at the Glass House

Since its opening in 2007, the Philip Johnson Glass House has offered innovative programming that promotes a deeper understanding of the architect, his work, and Modern architecture as a whole. Their October lineup of events is no exception. On October 2, they are hosting a one-day study tour of the Glass House in New Canaan, CT, and the Marcel Breuer House in Tarrytown, NY. The following week there will be a symposium on the evolution of lighting design at the Glass House. More

Philip Johnson Glass House illuminated by Richard Kelly Lighting. Photo: Robin Hill


DOCOMOMO US Tour Day 2015

Tour Day is an annual national event organized by DOCOMOMO US that works to raise the awareness of and appreciation for buildings, interiors and landscapes designed in the United States during the mid-20th century. Now in its eighth year, More


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Modernism and Preservation at the Pearlroth House

Save the date and you can visit the fully restored Pearlroth House designed by Andrew Geller for an exhibition and conference highlighting the pleasures and perils of Modern architecture preservation. More

Pearlroth House, post restoration. Photo: © Jake Gorst, 2015


Breuer in the Bronx

In 1956, Marcel Breuer was asked to develop a comprehensive design for New York University’s Bronx campus overlooking the Harlem River. From 1959 to 1970, five buildings were completed based on Breuer’s designs and campus plan. Primarily executed in concrete and Brutalist in form, the Breuer buildings offer a Modern counterpoint to the Classical Revival works of Stanford White that form the original core of the campus (completed 1892–1901). In 1973, New York State acquired the campus for Bronx Community College, part of the CUNY system. More

Begrisch Hall, Bronx Community College, Marcel Breuer, 1956–1961. photo: John Arbuckle

DOCOMOMO NY/TRIPanel Discussion

Mid-Century Modern Architecture: Optimism and Relevance for the Future

This illustrated conversation led by architect and author James Sanders, will explore the legacy of mid-century modernism and the optimism that spawned it through a look at the Hall of Science designed by Wallace Harrison for the 1964 World's Fair, including the building's recent renovation. More

Hall of Science, interior of Great Hall, Wallace Harrison, 1964. photo: Ennead


Cape Cod Modern House Trust Fundraising Auction at Greene Naftali Gallery in New York

The Cape Cod Modern House Trust is working to save and restore a group of little-known but significant Modern homes located within the bounds of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Starting in the late 1930’s and continuing through the late 1950s, areas around the kettle ponds of Cape Cod in towns such as Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown, became a vibrant community of architects, artists, designers, writers, academics, and students of the Modern Movement. More

Hatch House, Jack Hall, 1960. photo: Cape Cod Modern House Trust
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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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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

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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

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July 21, 2015

All Wright, all day

Get a full day of pioneering modernist Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings in and around Buffalo, NY on this guided tour by trolley. Not many places on the East Coast offer the opportunity to see so many Wright structures of such a wide variety in a single day. Starting with the Martin House Complex, sites range from residences to monuments and recreational facilities, even a recently reconstructed gas station based on Wright’s designs. More

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LocalFilm Festival

October 13, 2015

Catch Modern Ruin at the Architecture & Design Film Festival

October brings the annual Architecture & Design Film Festival, the largest in the nation devoted to the subject. If you missed the world premiere of Modern Ruin: A World’s Fair Pavilion, hosted by DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State this past May, here are two new opportunities to see it on the big screen. Other films with a Modern architecture bent include: Spaces - the Architecture of Paul Rudolph, Talking to My Father, Barbicania, Hatch House, and Futuro – A New Stance for Tomorrow. More

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October 14, 2015

Designing Home: Jews and mid-century Modernism

Curated by Donald Albrecht, this traveling exhibition looks at the influential role that Jewish architects, designers and artists played in the development of the Modern aesthetic. “Designing Home” showcases furnishings, housewares, graphic design, and architecture by Anni Albers, George Nelson, Richard Neutra, Alvin Lustig, Saul Bass, Ernest Sohn, and more. An interactive map highlights the organizations – MoMA, Walker Art Center, LA-based Art and Architecture magazine, Pond Farm, Black Mountain College, and the Institute of Design, that helped introduce their work to mainstream America. More

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Further AfieldExhibition

October 14, 2015

HACLab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern

Like many cities in the 1950s and 1960s, Pittsburgh was introduced to a wave of Modern architecture through an ambitious urban planning program. The exhibition presents the intertwined stories of pioneering architecture, utopian ideals, public leaders, and changing neighborhoods, and the subsequent influence of it all on today’s cities. More