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Calendar of Events: March 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.



Renovations at the Guggenheim Museum

From 2005 to 2008 the Guggenheim Museum received a comprehensive restoration. The work addressed common issues found in buildings approaching the 50-year mark, such as surface cracks in the concrete and outdated mechanical systems. The restoration team took pains to remain true to Frank Lloyd Wright’s original design, while at the same time using newer and more efficient materials when needed. More

The rotunda of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Photo by Marissa Marvelli


An Evening with Barry Lewis: Modernism

Barry Lewis, an architectural historian and host of a popular PBS walking tour series, will talk Modernism in New York City as part of the New York Historical Society’s Bernard & Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speaker Series. He will cover classic examples such as the Seagram Building and Lever House, but will also revisit the movement’s genesis in the 1920s with a discussion of pioneering architects and designers including Mies van der Rohe, Gerrit Rietveld and Eileen Gray. More

Rietveld Schröder House, Utrecht, Netherlands, Gerrit Rietveld, 1924. Photo credit: Hay Kranen, Wikimedia Commons


Timothy Rohan: NYC’s Modernist Architectural Interiors

With the possible demolition of a late Modern interior hanging in the air, this talk couldn’t be more timely. Timothy Rohan, an architectural historian and author of the first complete monograph on Paul Rudolph, will focus on the time period from 1965 to 1985 when architects such as Paul Rudolph, Robert A.M. Stern, Charles Gwathmey, and Alan Buchsbaum were delving into interior design. Their reasons for adventuring inside buildings were both personal and practical: they could continue to explore and extend their architectural theories to interior spaces while at the same time create another source of income during the 1970s recession. More

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Further AfieldExhibition

October 14, 2015

HACLab Pittsburgh: Imagining the Modern

Like many cities in the 1950s and 1960s, Pittsburgh was introduced to a wave of Modern architecture through an ambitious urban planning program. The exhibition presents the intertwined stories of pioneering architecture, utopian ideals, public leaders, and changing neighborhoods, and the subsequent influence of it all on today’s cities. More

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March 8, 2016

Met Breuer Opening Weekend

Back in September we brought you news that the Met Breuer—formerly the Whitney Museum, now renamed for its new occupant, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and its architect Marcel Breuer—would be opening in March. Dates have now been announced: the public opening will be March 18–20 following a special opening for Met members March 8–13. With inaugural exhibitions and other programs, this will be a great chance to scope out how the Met has reused Breuer’s purposefully designed space to support its modern and contemporary art program. More