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Calendar of Events: March 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.


LocalStudy Day

SAH Presents: Esther da Costa Meyer on Pierre Chareau

The Society of Architectural Historians has organized a study day around the exhibition Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design currently on view at The Jewish Museum. Curator Esther da Costa Meyer will lead a special tour of the exhibition, which covers Chareau's furniture designs, archival materials pertaining to his interiors (almost none of which survive), the role of his patrons, Chareau's art collection, his life and work in exile in the U.S., and the iconic Maison de Verre (1932) in Paris. More

Maison de Verre, Pierre Chareau and Bernard Bijvoet, 1928–1932, Paris. Photograph © Mark Lyon

Further AfieldAdvocacy Week

National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week

Advocacy Week is an opportunity for historic preservationists to rally opinion leaders and policy makers in support of pro-preservation legislation. This year will be critical given hints from the current Congress that they will end the Federal Historic Tax Credit program. In addition to meeting with their legislators, participants can register for in-depth training and policy briefings from an array of preservation and policy professionals. More



African Modernism: Iwan Baan

Architectural photographer Iwan Baan will speak about his work for the book Architecture of Independence: African Modernism, also now part of an exhibition of the same name, which opened February 16 at the Center for Architecture. Baan’s photographic investigations record the ways in which individuals, communities and societies create and interact within their built environments. The book and exhibition explore the complex legacy of modern architecture and nation-building in 1960s and 1970s postcolonial Africa, when many Sub-Saharan countries gained their independence and turned to experimental and futuristic architecture to express their national identities. More


Further AfieldSymposium

DOCOMOMO US National Symposium: Modernism and Climate in Phoenix

Join DOCOMOMO US in Phoenix for the Fifth Annual National Symposium, which gathers professionals to discuss and share efforts to preserve Modern architecture. This year’s event, “Modernism and Climate,” will look at how Modern design approached desert climates creatively, how those strategies continue to be relevant in today’s search for sustainable solutions, and what can be learned from those efforts. The symposium is being organized in collaboration with Modern Phoenix Week. More


Further AfieldCelebration

I.M. Pei: A Centennial Celebration

The Harvard Graduate School of Design is celebrating the 100th birthday of renowned architect I.M. Pei, who received his MArch from the school in 1946. The event will feature fellow design luminary Henry Cobb, a founding partner of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. A discussion moderated by Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of Harvard GSD, will focus on the formative years of Pei’s career as well as some of his special friendships, influences, and projects. More

Photo courtesy Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
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October 23, 2016

Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design

The Jewish Museum continues its slew of wonderful design exhibitions, bringing us the first-ever U.S. exhibition on French designer and architect Pierre Chareau (1883-1950). The show includes rare pieces from his most famous work, the Maison de Verre in Paris, a collaboration with Bernard Bijvoet and Louis Dalbet, as well as his collaboration with Robert Motherwell on the artist’s home and studio in East Hampton. The exhibition looks at Chareau’s work within the fuller context of his life, including his Jewish heritage, his patronage of the Modern art scene, and his experience living through two World Wars and fleeing to New York to escape Nazi persecution. More

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October 23, 2016

One and One is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers

Influential pioneer of Modernism Josef Albers worked in and taught many disciplines, perhaps the least well-known being his photography, which was discovered after his death in 1976. A highlight of his photography is a set of 70 photocollages that he produced with photos taken during his time at the Bauhaus from 1928 to 1932. The collages represent ideas Albers confronted throughout his life, such as perception, seriality, and the use of handcraft versus mechanical production. MoMA’s recent acquisition of 10 collages, in addition to two previously donated by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, makes it the largest collection of its kind outside the Foundation. More

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October 23, 2016

How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior

In the early 1930s, Alfred J. Barr and Philip Johnson transformed the museum world by establishing the Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Architecture and Design and extending the museum’s scope to include architecture, photography, graphic design, furniture, industrial design, and film. Since then, curators have focused on the question “How should we live?” as one of the most vital issues in contemporary design. See how Modernist designers answered that question through this exhibition, which features frequently neglected elements of domestic interiors, exhibition displays, and retail spaces of the 1920s-1950s, More

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February 16, 2017

Architecture of Independence – African Modernism

Opening February 16 at the Center for Architecture, Architecture of Independence - African Modernism explores the complex legacy of Modern architecture and nation-building in 1960s and 70s postcolonial Africa, when many Sub-Saharan countries gained their independence and turned to experimental and futuristic architecture to express their national identities. Parliament buildings, central banks, stadiums, conference centers, universities and independence memorials were constructed, often featuring heroic and daring designs. More

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February 20, 2017

Breuer Revisited: New Photographs by Luisa Lambri and Bas Princen

This exhibition presents two series of commissioned photographs by Luisa Lambri and Bas Princen that capture the architecture of four iconic Marcel Breuer buildings. Saint John's Abbey Church in Collegeville, Minnesota, and the UNESCO headquarters in Paris were selected for their scale and significance to Breuer’s career. The IBM research center in La Gaude, France, served as the experimental site where sophisticated prefabricated systems for concrete constructions were developed. The fourth building, the former Whitney Museum of American Art and now The Met Breuer, epitomizes the architect's principles. Their photographs explore the relationship between the built environment and its inhabitants and offer two distinct views of how Breuer's monumental buildings exist today. More

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Further AfieldExhibition

March 25, 2017

Phyllis Lambert: 75 Years at Work

I.M. Pei isn’t the only seminal mid-century figure with a birthday to celebrate. In honor of architect and philanthropist Phyllis Lambert’s 90th birthday, the Canadian Centre for Architecture has mounted an autobiographical exhibition. Lambert founded the Centre in 1979. She is perhaps most known in the U.S. for her work as the Director of Planning for the Seagram Building. Drawing on the Centre’s archival materials, the exhibition offers a glimpse into her life’s work as an architect, archivist, editor, and curator. More

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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