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Calendar of Events: September 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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LocalWalking Tour

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

It’s no secret (to the DOCOMOMO crowd, at least) that Midtown Manhattan is a trove of noteworthy Modern architecture. AIANY’s Midtown Modernism(s) walking tour series covers the many distinctive buildings and interiors that define the area. Starting with well-known sites such as the Lever House and the Seagram Building, this densely packed tour of Midtown’s multiple modernisms is rounded out by smaller gems like the former Rockefeller Guest House, the Austrian Cultural Institute and Paley Park, and interior spaces featuring work by artists Isamu Noguchi and Louise Nevelson. More

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

The Babies & the Bathwater: Loss in Modernist New Haven

Alan Plattus, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Yale University School of Architecture and Director of the Urban Design Workshop, will speak on the importance of New Haven in the history of Modernist architecture and planning. He will trace the rise and eventual disenchantment with Modernism, which led to the collateral loss of several buildings that could have been saved. More

New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum was completed in 1972 and demolished just 35 years later in 2007. Courtesy: Mystic Seaport and Connecticut History Online.
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Further AfieldSeminar

The Recent Past: Identification and Evaluation of Mid-20th-century Resources 

The National Preservation Institute is offering a seminar that will review nationwide trends in mid-20th-century houses and commercial structures, with an emphasis on the evolution of suburban development patterns, construction methods, and building styles and types. Geared towards professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, and historic preservation, the seminar will address evaluating eligibility for National Register listing, meeting the Secretary of the Interior Standards, and Section 106, 110 and 4(f) requirements. More

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LocalLecture

50th Anniversary of Empire State Plaza

Fifty years ago the cornerstone was laid for Albany’s Empire State Plaza, a monumentally-scaled ensemble of government and culture buildings, the design of which borrowed heavily from Brasilia, Versailles, Chandigarh and more. Largely the vision of then Governor Nelson Rockefeller, executed by architect Wallace Harrison, the Plaza was, and to some extent still is, a polarizing urban renewal project. The State of New York is commemorating the Plaza's groundbreaking with a series of events in Albany that offer the opportunity to learn about the site’s history and reflect on its legacy. More

Empire State Plaza with a view of the EGG, named for its unique shape and used for performances and concerts. Photo: Matt Bisanz, Wikimedia Commons.
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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations

Carol Kinsky: The Albany Mall, alias Empire State Plaza

This summer and fall New York State is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of Empire State Plaza, designed by Wallace K. Harrison of Harrison & Abramovitz. To observe this milestone, DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State is hosting a talk with architectural historian Carol Krinsky about its inception. More

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LocalPanel Discussion

50th Anniversary of Empire State Plaza

Fifty years ago the cornerstone was laid for Albany’s Empire State Plaza, a monumentally-scaled ensemble of government and culture buildings, the design of which borrowed heavily from Brasilia, Versailles, Chandigarh and more. Largely the vision of then Governor Nelson Rockefeller, executed by architect Wallace Harrison, the Plaza was, and to some extent still is, a polarizing urban renewal project. The State of New York is commemorating the Plaza's groundbreaking with a series of events in Albany that offer the opportunity to learn about the site’s history and reflect on its legacy. More

Empire State Plaza with a view of the EGG, named for its unique shape and used for performances and concerts. Photo: Matt Bisanz, Wikimedia Commons.
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LocalSymposium

The Fish Church Symposium — Inside the Giant Sapphire

Wallace K. Harrison was the first architect in North America to use dalle de verre (glass slab) stained glass in load-bearing walls. He described the resulting effect at Fish Church as “like being inside a giant sapphire.” This technique was repeated in hundreds of buildings throughout the world, only to realize that the beautiful windows would begin to leak approximately ten years after installation. More

First Presbyterian Church, Stamford, CT, Wallace Harrison. photo: DOCOMOMO US
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LocalWalking Tour

Lincoln Center with Thomas Mellins

Neighborhood preservation advocacy group Landmark West! is hosting a walking tour of Lincoln Center with Thomas Mellins, an architectural historian, independent curator, and author. The performing arts complex features the work of iconic mid-century architects More

Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts plaza, Wallace Harrison, 1956–1966.
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LocalExhibition

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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LocalExhibition

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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LocalExhibition

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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LocalTour

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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