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Calendar of Events: November 2017

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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LocalFilm Festival

The Architecture & Design Film Festival: New York 2017

Under the smart tagline DESIGN DIRECTS EVERYTHING, the Architecture & Design Film Festival returns for another exciting Fall run. This year’s lineup features three films of special interest to the Modern enthusiast. And to make sure you don’t miss these new works on Ledner, Roche, Mies—and more—DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State has arranged for members to receive discounted advance purchase tickets for the entire festival. When purchasing tickets online, enter the promotional code DCMM to obtain the discount. The festival runs November 1–5 at the Cinépolis Chelsea. More

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LocalExhibition and related programming

New Canaan Modern Architects: 50 Years of Achievement 1947-1997

The New Canaan Historical Society has been at the forefront of preserving and promoting the town’s rich Modern architecture legacy, leading efforts to survey its Modern homes, nominating them for the National Register of Historic Places, and offering educational programming. Continuing this work, the Carriage Barn Center for the Arts and the New Canaan Historical Society are co-presenting New Canaan Modern Architects: 50 Years of Achievement 1947–1997. The exhibition will feature a timeline of projects, as well as modern furniture, drafting tools, house models, and more. More

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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversation

Gabrielle Esperdy on architect Natalie de Blois: Between Modernism and Feminism

This talk examines the career of Natalie de Blois, the SOM senior designer who made key contributions to some of the firm’s most modern iconic buildings, including the Pepsico and Connecticut General headquarters. While following de Blois’ professional trajectory from New York to Chicago to Houston, Esperdy will analyze the twin narratives of modernism and feminism that ultimately defined her career. These include de Blois’ professional collaboration with SOM’s Gordon Bunshaft in the 1950s and her involvement with the AIA’s Task Force on Women in Architecture in the 1970s. More

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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIGallery Tour

Partners in Design Gallery Tour

Join DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State for a tour of Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson with exhibition curator, David A. Hanks. The exhibition explores how Alfred Barr, the Museum of Modern Art’s first director, and Philip Johnson, its curator of architecture, introduced Modern design to North America. The story begins when Barr and Johnson traveled to Europe in the late 1920s and early 1930s and discovered leading European architects—such as Le Corbusier, J. J. P. Oud, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe–rejecting ornament in favor of a purity of form. Barr and Johnson dubbed this new architectural language “International Style.” More

Philip Johnson and Alfred Barr, Lake Maggiore Switzerland, April 1933. Photo © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, New York.
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March 25, 2017

Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center

Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the wartime directive that authorized the internment of Japanese citizens and American citizens of Japanese heritage living in the Western United States, this exhibition explores Isamu Noguchi’s decision to voluntarily enter Poston War Relocation Center, located in the Arizona desert, in the hopes that he could “contribute something positive to this forcibly displaced community.” More

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May 22, 2017

Modern in Pound Ridge: 20th Century Architecture + Lifestyle

The Pound Ridge Historical Society's current exhibition highlights the town’s first comprehensive survey of Modern architecture, an aspect of the area’s history that had been largely neglected. Pound Ridge had a reputation for attracting young couples prominent in the art, advertising, and publishing worlds. From 1939 to the early 1970s, at least 47 Modernist homes designed by architects such as Edward Larrabee Barnes, Peter Blake and Julian Neski, and David Henken were built. The exhibition explores how Modern design changed the Pound Ridge landscape and influenced the Post Modern and contemporary designs that followed. More

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July 18, 2017

Classic Wright: Frank Lloyd Wright in Print

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, Avery Classics Collection is exhibiting publications produced by and devoted to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibition incorporates books from Wright’s own library alongside volumes already owned by Avery Classics. Thematically it explores Wright’s ideas concerning book design and the Japanese print, along with the reception of his work in Europe, mediated by publications such as Ausgeführte Bauten and the Dutch periodical Wendingen. Finally, the exhibition allows the viewer a window into Wright’s creative process, following the evolution of a single manuscript from handwritten first draft through to publication. More

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August 11, 2017

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

The story of master architect Louis Kahn is intrinsically connected to Philadelphia, where he spent most of his life and career. Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture is the first major retrospective of Kahn’s work in two decades, encompassing over 200 objects related to Kahn’s buildings and projects. With complex spatial compositions and a choreographic mastery of light, Kahn created buildings of archaic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. The Fabric Workshop and Museum is the final venue of this exhibition’s international tour. More

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September 7, 2017

Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson

Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson explores how Alfred Barr, the Museum of Modern Art’s first director, and Philip Johnson, the curator of architecture, introduced Modern design to North America. The story begins when Barr and Johnson traveled to Europe in the late 1920s and early 1930s and discovered that leading European architects such as Le Corbusier, J. J. P. Oud, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, were rejecting ornament in favor of a purity of form. Barr and Johnson dubbed this new architectural language “International Style.” More

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September 16, 2017

Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem & Modern Housing

Presented in correlation with MoMA's Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, this exhibition currently on view at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery focuses on two public housing projects in Harlem. “Living in America,” a phrase written on wooden panels traveling with the model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City (1929–1958), evokes a question that preoccupied architects and planners throughout the mid-twentieth century: How to live together? Wright’s proposal for an exurban settlement of single-family houses offered one possible answer; plans for large public or subsidized housing located in urban areas presented another. Although these two visions seem a world apart, they share a common history, which is further explored in this exhibition. More

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October 22, 2017

Montréal’s Geodesic Dreams

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the most recognizable geodesic dome in the world: the US Pavilion at Expo 67, designed by R. Buckminster Fuller and Shoji Sadao. This exhibition returns to the “geodesic moment,” from the first experiments undertaken in the late 1940s to the proliferation of do-it-yourself domes in the early 1970s. The core of the exhibition focuses on the work of the Montréal designer Jeffrey Lindsay (1924–1984), founder and director of the Fuller Research Foundation Canadian Division based in Montreal between 1949 and 1956. More

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October 22, 2017

Harry Seidler: Painting Toward Architecture

Harry Seidler (1923–2006) was one of Australia's most prominent 20th-century architects. He was the first architect to fully express Bauhaus principles within the continent, beginning in 1950 with a house for his parents, the Rose Seidler House, which won the Sir John Sulman Medal in 1951. A new exhibition at the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College examines Seidler's distinctive place and hand within and beyond Modernist design methodology through featured projects. More

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November 3, 2017

New Canaan Modern Architects: 50 Years of Achievement 1947-1997

The New Canaan Historical Society has been at the forefront of preserving and promoting the town’s rich Modern architecture legacy, leading efforts to survey its Modern homes, nominating them for the National Register of Historic Places, and offering educational programming. Continuing this work, the Carriage Barn Center for the Arts and the New Canaan Historical Society are co-presenting New Canaan Modern Architects: 50 Years of Achievement 1947–1997. The exhibition will feature a timeline of projects, as well as modern furniture, drafting tools, house models, and more. More

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November 3, 2017

Josef Albers in Mexico

This exhibition illuminates the relationship between the forms and design of pre-Columbian monuments and the art of Josef Albers. It features a selection of rarely shown early paintings, iconic canvases, and works on paper. Josef Albers in Mexico also includes a rich selection of photographs and photocollages, many of which have never been on view and were created by Albers in response to frequent visits to Mexican archaeological sites beginning in the 1930s. More

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November 21, 2017

Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York

Until the 1960s, most public art in New York City was limited to war memorials, civic-minded murals, or relief sculpture embodying universal values like “fraternity” or “wisdom.” But the late 1960s brought a new era that embraced the individual artist’s voice and vision in the public realm. In the years since, hundreds of innovative art works, both permanent and temporary, have been installed in the public spaces of New York. Presented to mark the 40th anniversary of the pioneering Public Art Fund, More

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