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Calendar of Events: June 2016

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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Remembering the Future: Architecture at the 1964/65 New York World's Fair

World’s Fairs offered the chance for architects to explore new concepts and technologies in order to create memorable, visceral experiences for a broad public. Structures designed for the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair were emblematic of a turbulent period for both architecture and society. Conceived at the dawn of the Space Age, the Fair opened as the country was coming to terms with civil rights and technological and social upheaval. At the World's Fair, Modern Architecture met Pop Art. More


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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. Other highlights include the restored Blackwell farmhouse and Good Shepherd Chapel, James Renwick’s Smallpox Hospital ruins, 1970s UDC housing by Johansen & Bhavnani and Sert, Jackson & Associates, and recent housing by Gruzen Samton, among other works. More

Aeriel photo of Roosevelt Island with FDR Four Freedoms Park in the foreground ©Steve Amiaga


Glass House Summer Party

Get in a summertime state of mind at the Philip Johnson Glass House’s annual Summer Party. This fundraising event, held on the grounds, features a festive picnic, live music, and classic lawn games. Revelers can take in the permanent art collection and exhibitions or simply enjoy the chance to roam the grounds freely. There will also be a silent auction with works by artists such as Richard Serra and Josef Albers, trip packages, and other unique items. More


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Landmarks in and around Four Freedoms Park

Learn about the architecture and landmarks surrounding Louis Kahn’s Four Freedoms Park on this free, behind-the-scenes tour organized by the FDR Four Freedoms Park Conservancy. Sites include the United Nations Headquarters, the recently Landmark designated Pepsi-Cola sign, and the Smallpox Hospital. More

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

LocalBook Talk

Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr and Philip Johnson

If you missed our excellent Modern Conversation in February, the same panel of speakers will be together again for an AIA New York Oculus Book Talk to discuss the recently released book, Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson (Monacelli Press). Barr, an art historian who was the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art, and Johnson, the first director of its architecture department, were seminal figures in the introduction and success of Modern architecture and design in America. Barr and Johnson also transformed the museum world by extending MoMA’s scope beyond painting and sculpture to include architecture, photography, graphic design, furniture, industrial design, and film. In light of the recent (untrue) rumors of MoMA shuttering its architecture and design galleries, the topic seems especially timely. More



A Modern Affair at The Four Seasons

A Modern Affair returns on June 15, when DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State hosts a sparkling evening to celebrate The Four Seasons Restaurant and honor Phyllis Lambert. More



Roberto Burle Marx’s Spiritual Modernism

Explore the religious and spiritual inspirations behind revolutionary Modernist landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx’s work. The son of a Brazilian Catholic and a German Jew, Burle Marx drew on influences from both religions and also referenced indigenous Brazilian traditions and the unique natural surroundings of Brazil’s rainforests his work. This talk is complements the Jewish Museum’s current exhibition More

Roberto Burle Marx tending flowers at his home. ©Burle Marx Landscape Design Studio, Rio de Janeiro. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved.


Ideas Competition Events

Earlier this year, the NYS Pavilion Ideas Competition was launched by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the People for Pavilion to engage the public in the next life of Philip Johnson’s iconic, yet long-neglected structures from the 1964 World’s Fair. The competition is open to anyone with an idea for the Pavilion’s reuse and requires only a single 11 x17 sheet describing the concept. Two partner organizations are hosting events this weekend to spread the word and encourage interested individuals to submit their ideas. More

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April 22, 2016

Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World

Artek, whose name is a combination of “art” and “technology,” is a pioneering Modern design firm established in Finland in 1935 by Alvar and Aino Aalto, Maire Gullichsen, and Nils Gustav Hahl—a group that shared a progressive vision of the arts and a commitment to enhancing the cultural and social ideals of Modernism throughout the world. Now in its 80th year, the company will be featured in its first US exhibition, which opens in April at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in Manhattan. More

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May 6, 2016

Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist

Roberto Burle Marx is best known as a revolutionary Brazilian landscape artist inspired by Modernism, abstraction, and the unique plant life of Brazil’s rainforests. Over his over 60-year career he worked with Oscar Niemeyer on the landscape designs for Brasilia, created mosaics that line the pavement of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, and designed over 2,000 gardens worldwide. His work in other media More

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Further AfieldSymposium

June 9, 2016

DOCOMOMO US National Symposium

The DOCOMOMO US National Symposium is the primary event in the United State for those interested in the preservation of Modern architecture. This year’s conference, “Beyond Modernism? Moving the Recent Past Forward,” will look at diverging design and theory of the late 1970s and early 1980s and will seek to expand current ideas of how architectural contributions of this time fit into the discourse of Modernism. The conference will take place at Wayne State University in Detroit at the Minoru Yamasaki designed McGregor Memorial Conference Center and DeRoy Auditorium Complex. More

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June 21, 2016

Doo Wop Back to the 50’s Neon Nights Tour

Vroom, Tiki, Phony Colonee – these are just some of the playful terms used to describe the weekend getaway spots that are the Doo Wop motels of Wildwood, NJ. Built in the 1950s and 1960s when the Jersey Shore’s southernmost beaches saw an influx of visitors as nearby highways opened, many have been torn down. However the area still boasts one of the highest concentrations of this building type (known as “Googie” on the West Coast) in the country. More

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June 22, 2016

Two Harry Bertoia exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design

The multi-talented mid-century artist Harry Bertoia is the subject of concurrent exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design. While most famous for his “Diamond Chair,” which is still produced by Knoll, the exhibitions focus on two of his other passions, sculpting and jewelry making. More

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LocalFilm Series

June 23, 2016

Midcentury Masters Film Series

In conjunction with the Harry Bertoia exhibitions, the Museum of Arts and Design is hosting a film series a to examine influential Modern designers and architects who, like Bertoia, pushed the boundaries of their respective fields. More