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Calendar of Events: April 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.


DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations

Nina Rappaport: The Modernist Vertical Urban Factory

Save the date for the next Modern Conversation! In this book talk Nina Rappaport will highlight Modern period factories and issues of labor in the city from her recently published book the Vertical Urban Factory. Details and registration coming in March. More



The Development of Architectural Conservation Programs for Mid-Century Modern Structures

As part of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen’s Landmark Lecture series, Glenn Boornazian, founder and principal architectural conservator for Integrated Conservation Resources (ICR), will discuss the role that architectural conservation plays in the development of conservation programs for mid-century Modern structures. More

Annie Pfieffer Chapel at Florida Southern College, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1941. Photo courtesy Integrated Conservation Resources.

LocalBook Talk

Glass House Presents: An Architect in the Garden

Philip Johnson completed the Glass House in 1949, but that was only the start of things for the 49-acre property. From 1949 to 1995, Johnson and his life partner David Whitney added gardens, landscaping elements, and additional structures to the surrounding area. Maureen Cassidy-Geiger analyzes the evolution of this architectural gem in her forthcoming book, The Philip Johnson Glass House: An Architect in the Garden. Join the author at the New Canaan Library for a conversation exploring the history of the Glass House landscape. More


LocalWalking Tour

West Side Story: The Evolution of Lincoln Center

Discover the evolution of this unprecedented cultural complex of the mid-20th-century with John Kriskiewicz, Assoc. AIA. More

David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall) at Lincoln Center, Max Abramovitz, 1962.

LocalWalking Tour

Midtown Deco to Modern

Matt Postal, an architectural historian specializing in 20th-century architecture and urbanism, will lead a series of walking tours highlighting NYC sites associated with Artek and the Aaltos, starting with Midtown. This is part of a series of events organized by the Bard Graduate Center Gallery to complement the first US exhibition of the Finnish design company Artek. More

Artek store on Fabianinkatu, Helsinki, 1939. Photographed by Saurén. Artek Collection, Alvar Aalto Museum, Afmn 1-1.
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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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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