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Calendar of Events: February 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.



Challenges + Opportunities of Working on a College Campus

The 2018 annual meeting and symposium of the Association for Preservation Technology Northeast Chapter will feature presentations that explore a variety of issues unique to campus buildings and sites. One session will focus on the conservation of Brutalist concrete. The Yale University campus in New Haven, home to a range of architectural styles, including buildings by Eero Saarinen, Paul Rudolph, and Louis Kahn, provides an appropriate backdrop for the event. Laura Cruickshank, FAIA, University Master Planner and Chief Architect and Associate Vice President for University Planning, Design and Construction at the University of Connecticut, will give the keynote address. More

View of Yale campus buildings with Gordon Bunshaft’s Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts Library in the foreground © Bernard O’Kane/Alamy

Further AfieldSymposium & Workshop

The Concrete Surface

This two-day event will explore built concrete works specifically through consideration of their surface. Valued for its strength and durability, concrete has challenged and expanded the meaning and role of the architectural surface during the material’s long and evolving deployment. The symposium will explore historical approaches to the finishing and surface treatment of concrete as well as its performance, deterioration, and conservation. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal, and Philadelphia's concrete Modernism are among the buildings and topics to be considered. More

Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp, France, Le Corbusier, 1960. 

Further AfieldModernism Week

Palm Springs Modernism Week

Tickets are on sale now for Palm Springs Modernism Week, an annual celebration of midcentury Modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. The festival features over 350 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, home tours, films, lectures, and more. More

Royal Hawaiian Estates, Palm Springs, Donald Wexler and Richard Harrison, 1960. Photo courtesy Modernism Week.


Hilary Lewis on the Art and Architecture of Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson came to his life in architecture via early exposure to art and design during his childhood. This continued in his college years at Harvard and led to his early work with the Museum of Modern Art where he served as the inaugural curator of architecture in the 1930s. Hilary Lewis, Chief Curator and Creative Director at The Glass House, will present a free lecture on how these early influences informed Johnson’s later work. More

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November 3, 2017

Josef Albers in Mexico

This exhibition illuminates the relationship between the forms and design of pre-Columbian monuments and the art of Josef Albers. It features a selection of rarely shown early paintings, iconic canvases, and works on paper. Josef Albers in Mexico also includes a rich selection of photographs and photocollages, many of which have never been on view and were created by Albers in response to frequent visits to Mexican archaeological sites beginning in the 1930s. 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