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Calendar of Events: August 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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Remnants of the 1939-1940 and 1964-65 World's Fair in Flushing Meadows, Queens

Both the NYC Landmarks Law and the New York State Pavilion turned 50 this year. Keep the celebration going with this Municipal Art Society tour led by Kevin Walsh, creator of forgotten-ny.com. The evening walking tour will take in extant relics of the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fair sites in Queens, including two statues by Donald de Lue, a look at the New York City and New York State pavilions, descriptive mosaics, and the second oldest object in New York State. More

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DOCOMOMO US Summer Tour: Modern Homes of Litchfield

Join Docomomo US on Saturday August 15th for a special full-day tour of Modern homes in Litchfield, Connecticut. This tour offers participants a unique opportunity to visit an exceptional collection of Modern structures designed by architects such as Marcel Breuer and fellow Harvard Five architects, John Johansen, and Eliot Noyes. More

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Mid-Century Masterpieces: A Tour of Fire Island Pines

The Pines is a community that looks and lives like no other. After modest beginnings in the 1950s, a talented roster of architects emerged to create an architecture as distinctive as its inhabitants. Harry Bates, Earl Combs, and the prolific Horace Gifford lived and worked in the Pines. Curated and guided by Christopher Rawlins, "Mid-Century Masterpieces" is a guided tour of mid-century homes that exemplify the best of vintage Pines architecture. Offered on four dates in August. More

Tarpon Walk House, Horace Gifford, 1965.
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LocalWalking Tour

Mid-Century Masterpieces: A Tour of Fire Island Pines

The Pines is a community that looks and lives like no other. After modest beginnings in the 1950s, a talented roster of architects emerged to create an architecture as distinctive as its inhabitants. Harry Bates, Earl Combs, and the prolific Horace Gifford lived and worked in the Pines. Curated and guided by Christopher Rawlins, "Mid-Century Masterpieces" is a guided tour of mid-century homes that exemplify the best of vintage Pines architecture. Offered on four dates in August. More

Tarpon Walk House, Horace Gifford, 1965.
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LocalWalking Tour

Mid-Century Masterpieces: A Tour of Fire Island Pines

The Pines is a community that looks and lives like no other. After modest beginnings in the 1950s, a talented roster of architects emerged to create an architecture as distinctive as its inhabitants. Harry Bates, Earl Combs, and the prolific Horace Gifford lived and worked in the Pines. Curated and guided by Christopher Rawlins, "Mid-Century Masterpieces" is a guided tour of mid-century homes that exemplify the best of vintage Pines architecture. Offered on four dates in August. More

Tarpon Walk House, Horace Gifford, 1965.
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LocalWalking Tour

Mid-Century Masterpieces: A Tour of Fire Island Pines

The Pines is a community that looks and lives like no other. After modest beginnings in the 1950s, a talented roster of architects emerged to create an architecture as distinctive as its inhabitants. Harry Bates, Earl Combs, and the prolific Horace Gifford lived and worked in the Pines. Curated and guided by Christopher Rawlins, "Mid-Century Masterpieces" is a guided tour of mid-century homes that exemplify the best of vintage Pines architecture. Offered on four dates in August. More

Tarpon Walk House, Horace Gifford, 1965.
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Midtown Modernism(s): Park Avenue Corridor

It’s no secret (to the DOCOMOMO crowd, 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 Lever House and the Seagram Building. More

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

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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August 12, 2015

National Trust for Historic Preservation/Rockefeller Brothers Fund Pocantico Center Preservation Fellowship

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting applications for a pilot National Trust for Historic Preservation/Rockefeller Brothers Fund Pocantico Center Preservation Fellowship for 2015. The Pocantico Center Preservation Fellowship is a two-week residential fellowship in historic preservation that provides the opportunity to reside and work in the historic Marcel Breuer House at Pocantico Hills, NY. More

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