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Calendar of Events: September 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.



Louis Kahn’s Optical Illusions

Roosevelt Island, designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, is capped at its southern end by Louis Kahn’s Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. Kahn designed the park shortly before his death in 1974, yet it was not completed and opened to the public until October 2012. Take a tour with the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy to discover the ways Kahn’s use of light, shadow, perspective, and geometric form create hidden optical illusions within the park. More


DOCOMOMO NY/TRICurator's Gallery Tour

Gallery Tour of Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World

This September join DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State for a special gallery tour of Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World, led by its co-curator, Bard Graduate Center Gallery Director Nina Stritzler-Levine. 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 More



Gender, Sexuality, and Modern Design

The Bard Graduate Center’s current exhibition, Artek and Aaltos: Creating a Modern World, highlights the important roles played by a number of women critical to Artek’s success, including Aino Marsio-Aalto, Marie Gullichsen, Maija Heikinheimo, and Elissa Aalto. In complement to celebrating the contributions of these architects and designers in the exhibition, this lecture will further discuss the ways in which this group paved the way for more women to enter the field. More

Detail from the exhibition featuring Artek furniture and Aino Aalto's Bölgeblick glassware, © Artek archive

LocalAwards Presentation

Modernism in America Awards Presentation & Reception

This September join DOCOMOMO US for a presentation of their 2016 Modernism in America Awards. Recipients of the award include homeowners, institutions, design teams and advocates from many parts of the country. More


LocalBook Talk

Michigan Modern with Brian Conway

Michigan has always been known for its contributions to 20th-century manufacturing, but it is only beginning to receive wide attention for its contributions to Modern design and architecture. Brian Conway, a Michigan State Historic Preservation Officer, will discuss the state’s rich heritage of Modern architecture, its preservation, and the Michigan Modern project, an effort led by the State Historic Preservation Office to raise awareness about Michigan's important role in the development of Modernism. More


DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations Series

Date Change: Gabrielle Esperdy on Natalie De Blois

In an August message to our e-news subscribers we included a save the date announcement for our next Modern Conversations event—Gabrielle Esperdy on Natalie De Blois. Originally schedule for September 27, the date for the event has been changed to Tuesday November 15. 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