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Calendar of Events: June 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.


LocalWalking Tour

Midtown Modernism 2: The Park Avenue Corridor

Park Avenue is the epicenter of Corporate Modernism. View three Modern masterpieces by SOM’s Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois, Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building, as well as “vernacular” Modern office buildings by Emery Roth and others. Also included are a distinguished Art Deco tower and lobby, a Morris Lapidus-designed hotel, and late Modern and Postmodern designs by Edward Larrabee Barnes, Philip Johnson, and I. M. Pei. More

Ford Foundation, Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo, 1963-1968.

LocalWalking Tour

Roosevelt Island: 1970s “New Town in Town,” Cornell Tech & Four Freedoms Park

View a sampling of buildings spanning four centuries on the island formerly known first as Blackwell’s Island, later Welfare Island, and—since 1973—Roosevelt Island. Explore a new community planned by Philip Johnson & John Burgee, the recently completed FDR Four Freedoms Park designed by Louis Kahn in 1973, and the new Cornell Tech campus. Other highlights include the restored Blackwell farmhouse and Good Shepherd Chapel, James Renwick’s Smallpox Hospital ruins, housing by Johansen & Bhavnani, Sert, Jackson & Associates, and Gruzen Samton, and new Cornell Tech buildings by Morphosis and Weiss/Manfredi. More

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


The Glass House Presents: Robert Wiesenberger on the Bauhaus

The history of the Bauhaus, the 20th century’s most influential school of art and design, is linked intimately to the history of Harvard University. Harvard students, museum curators, and faculty were essential for the reception, documentation, and dissemination of Bauhaus ideas, in and outside America, both during and after the school’s short life in Germany. On the eve of the centennial of the founding of the Bauhaus, and in light of new research, this talk by Robert Wiesenberger of the Yale School of Art will explore some of the lesser-known aspects of this unique relationship, in particular by focusing on a few evocative Bauhaus objects in Harvard’s museum collections. More



Glass House Summer Party

Save the date for this annual event on the grounds of the Glass House. Festivities include a farm-to-table picnic, live music, and classic lawn games. Revelers can take in the permanent art collection and exhibitions or simply enjoy the chance to roam the grounds freely. This year guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a new exhibition in the Painting Gallery More



AIA Conference on Architecture

The annual AIA Conference on Architecture is three immersive days of what’s new and now in architecture and design. The event includes 650+ sessions and 200+ expertly curated, one-of-a-kind tours led by architects and architecture critics. If you’re headed to the conference don’t miss tours of these Modern standouts: Bell Laboratories, The Glass House, the Noguchi Museum, Four Freedoms Park, and the UN Headquarters. More


LocalAwards Event

Modernism in America Awards Presentation

Now in its fifth year, the Modernism in America Awards celebrate the documentation, preservation and re-use of modern buildings, structures and landscapes built in the United States or on U.S. territory. The Awards recognize building owners, design teams, and organizations that have made significant efforts to retain, restore and advocate for the aesthetic and cultural value of such places. More



What Is Modern Architecture?

This four-week course at MoMA will address the question, “what is Modern architecture?” Many answers involve “abstract design vocabularies” and modern materials such as concrete, glass, and steel, but what most defines Modern architecture is a commitment to social and spatial justice. This utopian impulse took many forms, from the design of affordable housing to infrastructure and environmental planning. This course will teach students about key Modern architects and movements and how they aimed to advance social and political ideals through architecture. More

Edvard Ravnikar, Revolution Square (today Republic Square), 1960-74, Ljubljana, Slovenia. View of the Square. Photo: Valentin Jeck, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2016.


The Glass House Presents: Alastair Gordon + Robert Rubin

Cultural historian Robert Rubin and critic Alastair Gordon will discuss the legacy of the internationally-recognized designer Pierre Chareau (1883 –1950) as well the Maison de Verre (1932) in Paris and Robert Motherwell’s Studio (1947) in East Hampton. Their conversation is preceded by a self-guided tour of the Glass House and followed by a light reception. More

Pierre Chareau (French, 1883-1950) and Bernard Bijvoet (Dutch, 1889-1979), Maison de Verre, 1928-1932.

LocalPanel and Reception

Nevelson Chapel Renewed: A Landmark at 40

The Chapel of the Good Shepherd, also known as the Nevelson Chapel for its designer, Louise Nevelson, is located within St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the Modernist postwar sanctuary at the base of the Citicorp tower. It is described as a “comprehensive sculptural environment,” consisting of five large wall panels and three suspended columns of densely and intricately layered wood. Both Citicorp and St. Peter’s were designated NYC landmarks in 2016. A campaign to restore the chapel will be launched with an “Art and Architecture Panel. 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


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October 12, 2019

Kaneji Domoto in Usonia