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Calendar of Events: October 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.



Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Rethinking Sites of Cultural History

Traditionally, preservation has focused mainly on architectural merit, but recently attention has been drawn to sites that have cultural relevance, which are often invisible to passers-by and left unprotected. Advocates across New York City are working to raise awareness of a diverse array of cultural sites, from the Bowery to Arthur Avenue, Tin Pan Alley to Yorkville, and Walt Whitman’s house in Brooklyn to a recently discovered African burial ground in Queens. Furthering the momentum, the Historic Districts Council, the New York Preservation Archive Project, and the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project will host a day-long conference, uniting preservationists with historians, artists, planners, place-makers, and more for a discussion on how best to protect and celebrate cultural landmarks. More

Stonewall Inn, Greenwich Village, NY, 1969. Photo Diana Davies/NYPL, Wiki Commons


Greenwich Village Modern

Although Greenwich Village boasts the city’s largest concentration of early residential architecture with many fine examples of Federal, Greek Revival, and Italianate houses, it is also home to important Modern and contemporary architecture. New York’s first building in the International Style, designed by Joseph Urban in 1931 for the New School for Social Research, is located there, along with the three elegant concrete towers of University Village (1967), designed by James Ingo Freed of I.M. Pei and Associates. Phillip Johnson realized four major projects for NYU in the early 1970s. More recently, sizable institutional works have been completed by internationally-prominent architects, including Roche Dinkeloo, SOM, and Kohn Pedersen Fox. More

University Village, with Picasso's "Portrait of Sylvette," I.M. Pei & Associates, 1964–1967 © Jake Rajs 2010


The Glass House Presents: Steven Heller and Greg D’Onofrio on Mid-Century Graphic Design

Modernism transformed American graphic design in the mid-20th century and established a visual language that still carries tremendous authority. The Moderns: Midcentury American Graphic Design by Steven Heller and Greg D’Onofrio (2017) is the first comprehensive survey of this phenomenon that shaped our visual environment, presenting the work and lives of 63 graphic designers. More



Historic Districts Council’s Preservation School: NYC Architectural Styles - 53rd & Modern

New York City contains a wealth of historic architecture in a vast array of typologies and styles spanning centuries. While previous iterations of the HDC’s Preservation School styles course have focused on rowhouses, this season’s course will focus on Modernism, explored through the lens of one particularly rich thoroughfare: 53rd Street, river to river. More


LocalFilm Screening

SuperDesign: Italian Radical Design 1965-1975

The documentary film, SuperDesign: Italian Radical Design 1965-75, traces the history and legacy of 19 of the major architects, designers, and collectors associated with the movement. Coalescing in the 1960s as a response to the tumultuous political climate, More


LocalTour Day

DOCOMOMO US Tour Day 2018

Tour Day 2018 is Saturday October 13. Now in its twelfth year, Tour Day raises awareness of and appreciation for buildings, interiors, and landscapes designed in the U.S. during the mid-20th century. Organizations and individuals are invited to take stock of the significant 20th-century built design in their region and celebrate that work by organizing a tour or open house. More


DOCOMOMO NY/TRI2018 Tour Day event

Midtown Moderns POPS!

Visit a variety of Privately Owned Public Spaces in Midtown Manhattan—both exterior and interior, some famous and others less familiar, dating from the 1950s to the present. Learn how some of these were voluntarily created, inspiring revisions to the NYC Zoning Resolution which encouraged the creation of more such spaces—ultimately leading to further revisions intended to generate other types of public spaces. More

Paley Park, E. 53rd Street, Manhattan, Zion Breen Richardson Associates, 1967. Photo: John Arbuckle

LocalFilm Festival

New York Architecture & Design Film Festival

The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF), now in its 10th year, celebrates the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate people about architecture and design. With well-attended screenings, legendary panelists, vibrant discussions and events, it has grown to be the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject. More



The Glass House Presents: Architecture in Yugoslavia 1948–1980

MoMA’s latest exhibition, Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia 1948–1980, is the first major U.S. exhibition to study the remarkable body of work that sparked international interest during the 45 years of the country’s existence. Curators Vladimir Kulić and Martino Stierli will hold a conversation about the exhibition as part of the Glass House Presents series. More

Stojan Maksimović, Sava Center, 1979, Belgrade, Serbia. View of conference room. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2016.

Further AfieldReception

Reception at Penn Archives Honoring Harriet Pattison

The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) is holding a reception in honor of landscape architect Harriet Pattison, FASLA. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Pattison worked with leading 20th-century practitioners, including Louis Kahn and landscape architect George Patton (1920-1991), with whom she collaborated on the design for the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX. More


LocalTour and Symposium

Modern House Day Tour & Symposium

The popular Modern House Day, a biennial event organized by the New Canaan Historical Society, includes a morning symposium, “Crafted House: The Fusion of Artistry and Technology,” which will explore selected houses by architects Sean Godsell, Gō Hasegawa, and Nader Terhani, and will examine their approach to Modernist fundamentals of structure, material, space, natural light, and topography. More



FDR Four Freedoms Park, Louis Kahn, and the Democratization of Public Space

In 2012, FDR Four Freedoms Park was completed posthumously as one of the last great projects of the visionary architect Louis Kahn. This tour, part of AIA Archtober, will discuss the challenges of creating public spaces today, giving the story of the Park’s design, the sudden death of its architect, the near-bankruptcy of the City, and the effort that brought it to fruition. More

Photo: K. Randall

Further AfieldBenefit and Symposium

Paul Rudolph Centenary Benefit and Symposium

The Paul Rudolph Foundation will host a benefit party and symposium in honor of the 100th birthday of Modern architect Paul Rudolph (1918–1997). Robert A.M. Stern, former Dean of the Yale School of Architecture will give remarks, several original Paul Rudolph drawings will be on display, and proceeds from Thursday night’s benefit will go towards digitizing Rudolph’s archive, which is housed at the Library of Congress. On Friday a free symposium will be held More

Paul Rudolph in the building he designed for Yale’s School of Art & Architecture (1963). Photo courtesy Library of Congress.

DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations

Rediscovering Alexander Girard’s Architecture—from Motown to Midtown

The multi-faceted midcentury designer Alexander Girard is synonymous with Santa Fe, New Mexico. However, many of his most cohesive projects—especially the architecture—were done in Metro Detroit, where he lived from 1937–1953, and in New York City, where he was born and opened his first design studio. Known for his boldly colored and patterned textiles for Herman Miller, Girard’s architectural training was the foundation for every aspect of his career. Deborah Lubera Kawsky, author of Alexander Girard, Architect: Creating Midcentury Modern Masterpieces, will present Girard’s lost Detroit and New York masterpieces. More

McLucas house, view from backyard, Alexander Girard, Grosse Pointe, MI. Photo: James Haefner.
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July 15, 2018

Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980

Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia’s architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist “social condensers”—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 introduces the exceptional work of socialist Yugoslavia’s leading architects to an international audience for the first time, highlighting a significant yet thus-far understudied body of modernist architecture, whose forward-thinking contributions still resonate today. More

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Further AfieldExhibition

July 30, 2018

Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project

On August 6, 1945, when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, President Harry S. Truman publicly revealed the purpose of the sites now known as Oak Ridge, TN; Los Alamos, NM; and Hanford/Richland, WA. Secret Cities examines the innovative design and construction of these sites, built in the early years of the Modern Movement, and traces their precedents in the Bauhaus and other early Modern schools of architectural thought. It looks at daily life within the cities and how it was shaped by their physical form, illuminating the social stratification and segregation that were still evident despite the high-minded principles underlying their design. More

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September 28, 2018

Pedro E. Guerrero: The Photographer of Mid-Century New Canaan

Pedro E. Guerrero is internationally known for his work with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder (1898–1976) and Louise Nevelson (1899–1988), as well as his photographs of Modern houses for popular mid-century shelter magazines. This exhibition includes 35 of Guerrero’s black and white photos, many depicting the architecture for which the town is famous, as well as a gallery devoted to the life of Guerrero and his family in New Canaan during some of the town’s most tumultuous years. More

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October 13, 2018

Art Within Art: The Everson at 50

Art Within Art: The Everson at 50 commemorates the anniversary of I.M. Pei’s (1917– ) Everson Museum of Art. The exhibition and associated programming explore Pei’s radical notion that the structure of a museum is as important as the art it contains, a belief that directly impacts curatorial choices in both art and programs. Including never before seen plans, photographs, and models alongside selected artworks from the Everson’s collection, the exhibition examines the aesthetic and conceptual similarities between Pei’s building and the art it houses, revealing the lasting impact of great architecture. More