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Calendar of Events: April 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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LocalRoundtable

Learning from/in Latin America: Part One

This roundtable conversation brings together contemporary architects from Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia to reflect on their current activity in relation to the quarter-century of architectural and urban development featured in the exhibition. More

Oscar Niemeyer Cathedral under construction, Brasilia, Brazil. Photographer: Unknown. Arquivo Publico do Distrito Federal
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LocalSymposium

Learning from/in Latin America: Part Two

For Part Two Symposium to be held at Princeton University School of Architecture, established and emerging scholars of architecture and urbanism will convene for a day-long symposium to discuss ideas central to the formulation of the exhibition: campuses as urban laboratories, the image and imaginary of the city, and the concept of the informal city. More

Oscar Niemeyer Cathedral under construction, Brasilia, Brazil. Photographer: Unknown. Arquivo Publico do Distrito Federal
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LocalBook Talk & Signing

Annice Alt speaks on Boak & Paris/Boak & Raad: New York Architects

Russell Boak and Hyman Paris left the Emery Roth firm in the late 1920s to launch Boak & Paris. The firm survived the depression years intact, reformed as Boak & Raad after the war and continued a prolific practice designing over 75 apartment buildings in and around the city before the seventies arrived. Annice Alt, who has extensively researched the firm’s full body of work and authored a book on the subject will speak about the firm and its work. More

The Westmore, 333 W. 57th Street, NY, Boak & Paris, 1940. Photo: wikimapia/ cityrealty.com
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Further AfieldSymposium

Mid-Century Modern Structures: Materials and Preservation Symposium 2015

April 13–16. This three-day symposium will bring together expert speakers from around the country who will focus primarily on the history, use and preservation of materials found in mid-century Modern architecture. Twenty five paper presentations, a posters session and afternoon of tours will provide in-depth understanding of the complex issues associated with the preservation of these structures. Special emphasis will be on modern architectural metals, but presentations on other materials, such as concrete and curtain wall structures, will be included. More

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Eero Saarinen, St. Louis, MO. photo: NPS
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LocalProgram

Reflections on Kiley

This program, planned in conjunction with the current exhibition The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley, continues the conversation about the work and importance of Dan Kiley. 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. More

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DOCOMOMO NY/TRISymposium

Redefining Preservation for the 21st Century: A Symposium

Organized in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of New York City’s landmark law, the City Museum’s upcoming exhibition “Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks” will launch with a multi-disciplinary symposium exploring the challenges and the opportunities of the preservation movement today and in the future. More

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DOCOMOMO NY/TRITour

Modern Highlights in the Hudson Valley Tour

Join DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State for a full-day spring tour in the Hudson Valley. Architectural historian and Vassar College professor Nicholas Adams will lead a tour of Modern highlights on the Vassar campus, including works by Marcel Breuer and Eero Saarinen. In addition, we will visit John Johansen’s one-of-a-kind Tent House (1974), which he designed for his own use, along with a “shed” that the Tent House's current owners, Alan Orenbuch and Bryan O’Rourke, have redesigned into a guest house. More

Dexter Ferry Cooperative House, Vassar College, Marcel Breuer, 1951. Photo: John Arbuckle
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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIPresentation

The Modern Firm, Then and Now: Jan Hird Pokorny Associates

The Association for Preservation Technology, Northeast Chapter (APT/NE), in collaboration with DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State and the Metro New York Chapter of the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) is pleased to present the first installment of a new series, “The Modern Firm, Then and Now.” Join professional preservationists and Modern enthusiasts for an engaging evening at the Manhattan offices of Jan Hird Pokorny Associates (JHPA). Projects will be culled directly from the archives to present the firm’s evolution from its inception as a Modernist design firm in 1946 through its early roots in historic preservation. More

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LocalExhibition Opening

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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LocalExhibition

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 3, 2015

The Halprin Workshops, 1966–1971

In the late 1960s and early 1970s American landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and avant-garde dance pioneer Anna Halprin organized a series of experimental, cross-disciplinary workshops in Northern California. The workshops brought together dancers, architects, environmental designers, and artists in a process designed to facilitate collaboration and group creativity through new approaches to environmental awareness. 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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Further AfieldPhotography - Call for Submissions

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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