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Calendar of Events: May 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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Jane's Walk - Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island and the New Urban Agenda

The Municipal Art Society’s annual festival of walking tours, known as Jane’s Walks, returns May 5-7. Approximately 200 tours cover New York’s most remote corners and everything in between including Roosevelt Island. Originally home to several hospitals, a lunatic asylum and a prison, the island became the focus of the newly created New York State Urban Development Corporation. In 1969, an exhibition at the Met Museum entitled The Island that Nobody Knows presented the Johnson/Burgee Master Plan for redevelopment of the island More

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

DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations Series

James Rose: A Voice Offstage – Dean Cardasis, FASLA

DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State’s next Modern Conversation will focus on the work and legacy of landscape architect James Rose, one of the most radical figures in the history of mid-century Modern American landscape design. An artist who explored his profession with words and built works, Rose fearlessly critiqued the developing patterns of land use he witnessed during a period of rapid suburban development. More



Private Access Tour of the Leroy Anderson House

On May 13, the Leroy Anderson Foundation with the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation will be hosting short tours of the Modern residence of musical composer Leroy Anderson. The house was built in 1953, designed by local architect Joe Stein, and is the place where Anderson wrote many of his well-loved compositions. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2012 for both its architecture and its connection to Anderson. More



Modern Architecture and Design in Venezuela

This AIA Center for Architecture program explores Modern architecture and design in Venezuela in the mid-20th century. The talk provides a larger context for El Helicoide, a state-of-the-art, drive-in mall built in the late 1950s that was never completed and went through decades of abandonment, failed private and public projects, and informal occupations until the security police took it over in 1985. The lecture coincides with the the exhibition “El Helicoide: From Mall to Prison” on view at the Center through July 13. 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

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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