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Calendar of Events: December 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.



Design Talk: Making America Modern

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and the Art Deco Society of New York will host an evening with design historian Marilyn Friedman exploring her recent publication Making America Modern: Interior Design in the 1930s. Through archival images and detailed descriptions, Friedman examines the development of Modernism in interior design in the U.S. by highlighting the work of 50 prominent designers and architects including Donald Deskey (1894-1989), Gilbert Rohde (1894-1944), Joseph Urban (1872-1933), Eleanor LeMaire (1928-1970), and Kem Weber (1889-1963). More




This Municipal Art Society walking tour highlights the varied contributions made by pioneering women architects, designers, critics, and curators. Memorable examples of midcentury architecture and design will be considered, paying particular attention to the sometimes overlooked roles played by women, from Florence Knoll (1917) and Eleanor Le Marie (1928-1970) to Elizabeth Mock (1911-1998) and Ada Louise Huxtable (1921-2013), who collaborated with her husband, Garth Huxtable (1911–1989), on the design of many objects commissioned for the original Four Seasons Restaurant. More

Florence Knoll explaining the Planning Unit to colleagues. Photo courtesy Knoll
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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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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

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November 23, 2018

Paul Rudolph: The Personal Laboratory

The second of two exhibitions organized by the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation is Paul Rudolph: The Personal Laboratory, which has been extended through December 15. The exhibition explores how Rudolph’s residences – designed by himself, for himself – served as his laboratories for the psychologically compelling spaces that he developed throughout his career. Using an ever-expanding palette of experimental and lustrous materials, Rudolph designed homes that were courageously dramatic in their forms, organization, and spaces. These visually rich explorations reached their most adventurous frontiers in two New York City projects where he was both architect and client: the Modulightor Building and his multi-level home-office, the “Quadruplex” on Beekman Place. More

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November 29, 2018

Paul Rudolph: The Hong Kong Journey

To celebrate the centennial of Paul Rudolph’s birth (1918-1997), the Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation has organized two exciting exhibitions. Paul Rudolph: The Hong Kong Journey, presented in collaboration with the Center for Architecture, is an exhibition of previously unseen drawings, sketches, and renderings highlighting a fascinating chapter in Paul Rudolph’s dynamic and productive architectural career. Curated by Nora Leung, the exhibition focuses on three significant projects in Hong Kong, one of which, The Bond Center, was built, and provides insight into Rudolph’s process, illuminating his belief that architecture can both excite and exist within the framework of functional requirements. More

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December 22, 2018

The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism

This exhibition brings together original sketches and drawings by The Sea Ranch’s designers, along with archival images, contemporary photographs, and a full-scale architectural replica. The environmentally attentive design philosophies explored at The Sea Ranch, along with the now-iconic graphics, resonated globally and continue to influence architecture and design today. More