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Calendar of Events: July 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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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations Series

Modern Conversation with Jake Gorst on Andrew Geller: Deconstructed

Our next Modern Conversation, which we’re co-hosting with the AIA NY Historic Buildings Committee, will feature Jake Gorst, author of the recent book Andrew Geller: Deconstructed. Gorst will share insight about his book and the career of architect and artist Andrew Geller, who was the author's grandfather. Geller is known for his whimsical, Modern beach houses, such as the Pearlroth House, Elizabeth Reese House, Esquire Weekend House, and the Leisurama development in the Hamptons. More

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Everything is Sculpture: Isamu Noguchi in New York

Join Isamu Noguchi scholar Deborah Goldberg and curator Dakin Hart of The Noguchi Museum (opened by the artist in 1985) to explore the career of this legendary New York-based artist and designer. Focusing on his work in New York City, they will discuss realized and unrealized projects, including his playground designs, his "Sunken Garden" for Chase Manhattan Plaza, and his iconic public sculpture “Red Cube” at 140 Broadway. More

140 Broadway (Gordon Bunshaft/SOM, 1967) with Isamu Noguchi sculpture, "Cube." photo: Jan Martin
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Municipal Art Society tour hits the Guggenheim

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Landmarks Preservation Law, the Municipal Art Society has an impressive collection of walking tours of both protected and unprotected neighborhoods throughout the city, several of which will highlight Modern buildings. More

The rotunda of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo by Marissa Marvelli
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Midtown Modernism(s): East 42nd Street, the United Nations and Vicinity

It’s no secret (to DOCOMOMO followers, at least) that Midtown Manhattan is a trove of noteworthy Modern architecture. This AIA NY walking tour led by DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-state board member Kyle Johnson, covers many of the distinctive buildings and interiors that define the area, starting with Art Deco stand outs and moving to well-known sites such as the UN Headquarters and Kevin Roche’s Ford Foundation building. This densely packed tour of Midtown’s multiple modernisms is rounded out by lesser-known structures such as the Japan Society and William Lescaze’s 1934 home and office, along with buildings by Harrison & Abramovitz, Gwathmey Siegel, and I. M. Pei. More

Ford Foundation, Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo, 1963-1968.
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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 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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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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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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June 21, 2015

Two glass houses, side by side

A new photo exhibition, currently on view in the lobby of the Four Seasons Restaurant, juxtaposes two trailblazing mid-century houses—the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, CT, and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Plano, IL. More

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July 21, 2015

Persuasive Images: Architecture of the 1939–40 & 1964–65 New York World’s Fairs

On view at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, a collection of over 100 photographs, selected from an array of local, national, and international archives depicts rarely seen images of the architecture of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. 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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