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Calendar of Events: May 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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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIPresentation/Panel Discussion

The Met Breuer: Burnishing a Modern Masterpiece

Marcel Breuer was at the height of his career when he designed the Whitney Museum in 1966. He was the recognized master of using what he called “close to Earth materials,” particularly stone and concrete. The integrity, beauty, and honesty of the building’s design, materials, and execution make it one of the most distinguished examples of mid-century modern architecture in New York. At this presentation and panel discussion, project team members from Beyer Blinder Belle, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Cultural Heritage Conservation will discuss the immersive task of restoring the building- More

MET Breuer, originally Whitney Museum, Marcel Breuer, 1966. @Ed Lederman, Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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LocalHouse Tour

Glass House + Breuer House at Pocantico

The Glass House is kicking off its 2016 season with a double-header tour featuring Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House in New Canaan, CT, and the Marcel Breuer House at Pocantico in Tarrytown, NY. The Breuer House was commissioned in 1948 for an exhibition in the Sculpture Garden of the Museum of Modern Art. After the show, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. saved it from demolition and had it relocated to his estate, Kykuit, for use as a guest house. More

Marcel Breuer House at Kykuit + the Pocantico Center in Tarrytown, NY, Marcel Breuer, 1948. Photo by Diana Budd via dwell.com
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LocalWalking Tour

International Style: The UN and Turtle Bay

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. This tour will focus on the United Nations and the neighborhood between 42nd to 51st Street. 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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LocalLecture

Still (Re)discovering Aalto After All These Years

Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia GSAPP, and Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Associate Professor at Yale School of Architecture, will discuss the emergence of Alvar Aalto’s style and its lasting legacy. 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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LocalHouse Tour + Symposium

New Canaan Modern House Day: Tour + Symposium

Tickets are now on sale for the New Canaan Historical Society’s biennial Modern House Day Tour + Symposium. “Modern: A Way of Thinking” is the theme for this full day of events. More

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LocalWalking Tour

Mid-century Modern on the East Side

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, this time heading over to the East Side. 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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LocalLecture

Exploring the Legacy of Artek and Finnish Design

Explore the role of the Aaltos and Artek as pioneers in cross-disciplinary practice from the perspective of a practicing architect (Joel Sanders) and an art historian (Barry Bergdoll). 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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LocalBoat Tour

The Roosevelt Island Loop

Get a new perspective on the history and design of Roosevelt Island via a boat tour co-organized by Four Freedoms Park Conservancy and AIA NY Chapter. Guides Stephen Martin and John Kriskiewicz will chronicle the island’s numerous iterations over the last two centuries, including the effort to complete Louis Kahn’s 1973 design for FDR Four Freedoms Park. More

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

Philip Johnson’s Manhattan

Philip Johnson is credited with creating some of New York’s most iconic Modern spaces. Organized by the Philip Johnson Glass House, this special tour offers the chance to see many of them in one day with Philip Johnson scholar Hilary Lewis, who worked extensively with Johnson and is an authority on the late architect. Tour stops include the MoMA Sculpture Garden, exterior of the Rockefeller Guest House, AT&T (now Sony) Building, Lipstick Building, Seagram Building, and the soon-to-vacate Four Seasons Restaurant. More

Rockefeller Guest House. Robert Damora, Photographer, 1950.
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LocalLecture

Life, Death and Rebirth of the TWA Flight Center

Vacant for nearly 15 years, the Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Flight Center will possibly be starting a new chapter soon as a hotel, restaurant, and conference center facility. Richard Southwick, the Director of Historic Preservation for Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, will explore the historic context in which the TWA Terminal was designed as a centerpiece of JFK International Airport and the design process Saarinen undertook 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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LocalExhibition

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

Continuing this month

LocalExhibition

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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