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Calendar of Events: July 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.



Mid-Century Modernism and the Recent Past Debate

As part of the series “Protecting Natural and Historic Places,” sponsored by the Morris County Trust for Historic Preservation, New Jersey historian and preservationist Carol Barkin will discuss the development of Modern architectural styles and the controversy that often comes with preservation efforts. Barkin will specifically address this history as it relates to suburban New Jersey housing stock More

Robert Morris Park subdivision, Morristown, NJ

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Midtown Modernisms - Crosstown Section: 53rd St. East to West

View a variety of classic Modern, late Modern and Postmodern designs by SOM, Philip Johnson, Edward Larrabee Barnes, Eero Saarinen, Kevin Roche, Kohn Pedersen Fox and others. Highlights include Lever House, the Seagram Building, Citicorp Center, the CBS Building, and the Museum of Modern Art’s multi-building complex. Smaller gems like the former Rockefeller Guest House, Austrian Cultural Institute and Paley Park are also included, as are interior spaces featuring work by artists Isamu Noguchi and Louise Nevelson. More



Furniture and other items from Four Seasons Restaurant to be auctioned

Last month brought the unfortunate news that Four Seasons owners Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder failed to reach an agreement with Seagram Building owner Aby Rosen for the acquisition of the restaurant’s original and custom-made furniture, tableware and cookware, which includes works by celebrated names of Modern design such as Mies van der Rohe, Hans Wegner, Philip Johnson, Garth and Ada Louise Huxtable, and the design firm Knoll. 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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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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July 20, 2016

Moholy-Nagy: Future Present

The work of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy is being exhibited in the U.S. for the first time in over 50 years. Currently on view at the Guggenheim, the expansive collection of over 300 pieces should help to bring this difficult-to-categorize figure into sharper focus. Just a few of his notable achievements include teaching at the Bauhaus in Dessau, where he also designed and published numerous books, and later founding a design school in the U.S. that today is part of the Illinois Institute of Technology. He produced an impressive amount of artwork in various mediums, including cameraless photographs, or “photograms,” experiments with light and transparency (including his “Light Prop for an Electric Stage,” on view for the first time in the U.S.), avant-garde book covers, stage sets, collages, sculpture, and more. More

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Further AfieldExhibition

July 20, 2016

Playboy Architecture: 1953-1979

For Modern enthusiasts traveling near Chicagoland this summer, the Elmhurst Art Museum is a worthy detour beyond the city. The museum is currently showing the exhibition Playboy Architecture: 1953-1979, which explores how architecture and design played a role in creating the Playboy fantasy as well as how Playboy magazine came to influence the world of architecture and design. More