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Calendar of Events: August 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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West Side Story: the Evolution of Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is part of Modern architecture’s West Side story. On this AIANY Chapter tour, discover the evolution of the pioneering mid-20th century cultural complex. Learn its origins as part of Robert Moses’s Lincoln Square urban renewal project, its realization by some the most iconic Modern architects of the turbulent 1960s and its reimagining by Diller Scofidio + Renfro over the past decade. Architectural historian and DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State board member John Kriskiewicz, will guide the tour. Organized by the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee. More

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

LocalWalking Tour and Conversation

Twentieth Century Bronx

Explore the Bronx Civic Center with the Historic Districts Council. The neighborhood features a range of 20th-century architectural gems, including the Art Deco Bronx County Building, the Grand Concourse Historic District, and two urban renewal-era housing developments. Afterwards architect Françoise Bollack will lead a walk-through of the mid-century Executive Towers, the Grand Concourse’s most recent landmark designation. More

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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 a memorable, visceral experience 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. 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. Organized by the AIANY Architecture Tour Committee. More

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