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Calendar of Events: March 2018

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.


Further AfieldAdvocacy Week

National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week

In 2017, the Federal Historic Tax Credit was saved from complete elimination thanks to a massive advocacy push. This year's Advocacy Week is a critical opportunity for preservationists to rally opinion leaders and policy makers in support of pro-preservation legislation. In addition to meeting with their legislators, Advocacy Week participants can register for in-depth training and policy briefings from an array of preservation and policy professionals. Ticketed events offer additional meetings with elected officials, their staff, and a national network of preservation advocates. More


DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations

The Politics of Furniture—Identity, Diplomacy and Persuasion in Postwar Interiors

For our first Modern Conversations event of the year DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-state is excited to welcome Fredie Floré and Cammie McAtee co-editors of and contributors to The Politics of Furniture. Identity, Diplomacy and Persuasion in Post-War Interiors (Routledge 2017). Their work is based on the observation that in many different parts of the world modern furniture served as a material expression of power in the postwar era. More



On Modern Living

Modern Living is an ongoing series of performances and videos by Gerard & Kelly sited in iconic Modern homes around the world. Mining these legacies of Modernism for their hidden choreographies and radical social experiments, the artists posit questions around memory, the architecture of intimacy, and queer space. In this lecture, Gerard & Kelly will address performance art in historic sites as a form of experimental preservation. More


Further AfieldConference

Architectural Aluminum in the 21st Century: Design and Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture

Aluminum was transformed into a widely used and versatile building material after an economical method for its extraction was devised in the late 1800s. By the mid-1900s, aluminum was being utilized in structures of all types. This symposium, presented by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, will examine basic material properties, how its characteristics need to be considered in new designs and preservation projects. More

Photo courtesy Aluminaire House Foundation.


The Amazing Career of Nathaniel A. Owings (1903–1984)

When Nathaniel Owings died, the Washington Post wrote that the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was his finest creation. SOM is, however, but one piece of an extraordinary career. Gordon Bunshaft called Owings a “mere salesman,” yet Bunshaft’s career depended on Owings’ ability to “get the job.” Though little known, Owings’ work as an environmentalist and preservation-minded urban planner are of equal interest. Nicholas Adams, the Mary Conover Mellon Professor in the Art Department at Vassar College, will discuss how Owings’ approach to his work—part huckster, part visionary—reveals much about American life and architecture in the mid-20th century. More


Further AfieldDiscussion and drinks

One Building, One Brew

DOCOMOMO-Phl's first One Building One Brew of 2018 will include the District Health Center No. 1 (Montgomery & Bishop, 1959) and Casa Farnese (Stonorov & Haws, 1962). Both buildings are compelling examples of Philadelphia's rich Modern architectural history. The conversation, and a cheers to District Health Center No. 1's recent listing on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, will continue over brews at Jet Wine Bar. More



Lina Bo Bardi: Material Ideologies

Lina Bo Bardi: Material Ideologies presents new perspectives on Bardi as an architect, designer, writer, and activist, among many other things, to engage recent interest and discourse surrounding her work. This conference will explore the social and political agendas latent in Bardi’s architectural materials, from her application of concrete, to the implementation of nature in schemes, and her reuse of vernacular materials. 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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Further AfieldExhibition

March 14, 2018

A Voice Offstage: James Rose

This exhibition presents the unique elements of Modernism and the mid-century response to convention in landscape architecture with a focus on James Rose, the landscape architect whose home and studio are located in Ridgewood, NJ. Rose was expelled from Harvard in 1937 for refusing to design in the Beaux-Arts style. Along with Dan Kiley and Garrett Eckbo, he wrote a series of essays that would become a manifesto for developing Modernist landscape architecture. More

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March 22, 2018

The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930

Over the course of a century, rapid urban growth, sociopolitical upheavals, and cultural transitions reshaped the architectural landscapes of major cities in Latin America. Focusing on six capitals - Buenos Aires, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago de Chile - The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930, presents the colonial city as a terrain shaped by Iberian urban regulations, and the republican city as an arena of negotiation of previously imposed and newly imported models, which were later challenged by waves of indigenous revivals. More