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Calendar of Events: November 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.


DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations

David Dunlap on Modern Corporate Campuses of the New York Region

David W. Dunlap, who writes the weekly Building Blocks column in The New York Times and whose father was a student and associate of Mies van der Rohe, will share images and impressions of his trip through several Modernist corporate campuses in the exurbs: Eero Saarinen's Bell Labs and I.B.M. Research Center, and Edward Durell Stone's PepsiCo headquarters among them. More


LocalWalking Tour

Midtown Modernism(s): Crosstown Section: 53rd St. East to West

View a variety of classic Modern, late Modern and Postmodern designs by SOM, Philip Johnson, Edward Larrabee Barnes, Eero Saarinen, Kevin Roche, Kohn Pedersen Fox and others. Highlights include Lever House, the Seagram Building, Citicorp Center, the CBS Building, and the MoMA complex. More

Ford Foundation, Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo, 1963-1968.

LocalWalking Tour

Roosevelt Island: 1970s “New Town in Town” to FDR Four Freedoms Park

View a sampling of buildings from four centuries on the island formerly known as Blackwell’s Island, later Welfare Island and since 1973 Roosevelt Island—planned by Philip Johnson & John Burgee—culminating in the recently completed FDR Four Freedoms Park designed by Louis Kahn in 1973. More

FDR Four Freedoms Park, 6.29.13. photo: K. Randall


The architecture of Gunnar Asplund and the uses of humor

As part of the Collins/Kaufman Forum for Modern Architectural History, a lecture series organized by Ph.D. candidates in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia, Nicholas Adams will share his research on Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund. Asplund’s work is commonly associated with Nordic Classicism, which is best reflected in his Stockholm Public Library (1924-1928). Alvar Aalto considered him a mentor and his designs for the Viipuri Library were influenced by the Stockholm Library. Asplund became a major proponent of Modernism in Sweden 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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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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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