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Calendar of Events: May 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.



Making America Modern

The New York School of Interior Design hosts design historian Marilyn F. Friedman introducing her new book Making America Modern: Interior Design in the 1930s, which chronicles the evolution of Modern interior design in the U.S. during the 1930s. Ms. Friedman will discuss interiors by Donald Deskey, Cedric Gibbons, Eleanor Le Maire, William Lescaze, Tommi Parzinger, Gilbert Rohde, and Russel Wright More


DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations

Vital and Vulnerable: The Modern Urban Landscape and its Threats

For our May Modern Conversation, DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State will host a talk with landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg. One of the celebrated landscape architects who introduced Modernism to the design of outdoor space, Friedberg will discuss how he turned sometimes limited public spaces into places of activity and community. Establishing his practice in 1958, he pioneered in the design of innovative plazas, main-street malls, and playgrounds. Born in New York and educated at Cornell, he founded the urban landscape architecture program at City College. More



Modern Architecture on the Upper East Side: 20th Century Architecture in an Historic Neighborhood

Amidst the Upper East Side’s celebrated array of Beaux Arts, Colonial Revival and other landmarks, can be found important examples of Modern architecture designed by some of America’s most prominent and influential architects of the twentieth century. On this Municipal Art Society tour, discover Modern highlights in the East 60s and 70s, in and near the Upper East Side Historic District More

130 E. 64th St., Edward Durell Stone, 1956.


Iconic Houses Conference: Modernism on the East Coast – Philip Johnson and the Harvard Five

All those who share a passion for 20th-century residential masterpieces are invited to take part in the 5th International Iconic Houses Conference, taking place in Norwalk, CT. The conference, featuring lectures, receptions, and house tours, will retrace the surge in Modernism as it arrived on the East Coast of the U.S.—particularly by the Harvard Five architects of New Canaan, influences and emigres from Europe, and more. More


LocalWalking Tour

West Side Story: The Evolution of Lincoln Center

Discover the evolution of this pioneering cultural complex of the mid-20th Century. Explore its origins as a Robert Moses urban renewal project announced in 1956, through its design and construction by some of our most iconic Modern architects in the turbulent 60s, to its reimagining by Diller, Scofidio and Renfro in this past decade for the New York of the 21st Century. More

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

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May 27, 2018

Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture

Presented by the Parrish Art Museum in the Hamptons, Image Building: How Photography Transforms Architecture is a comprehensive survey that explores the dynamic relationship between architecture, photography, and the viewer. Seen through the lens of historical and architectural photographers from the 1930s to the present, Image Building offers a nuanced perspective on how photographs affect our understanding of the built environment and our social and personal identities. More