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Calendar of Events: November 2019

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.



My Bauhaus: Transmedial Encounters

This symposium hosted by the Yale School of Architecture marks the centennial of the founding of the legendary Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany in 1919. Particular focus will be on the legacy of Josef and Anni Albers. The two-day event brings together art and architectural historians, artists, curators, and educators using various tools and presentation formats, including scholarship, film, performance, and painting, to investigate the history and legacy of the short-lived institution and its key members. More

Diagram showing method of draft notation (warp twill) by Anni Albers, ca. 1965 Plate 11 from On Weaving, 1965 Ink, pencil, and correction fluid on gridded paper 10 7/8 x 8 ½ in. (27.8 x 21.6 cm) The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Anni Albers Papers, 27.5 © 2019 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Eva Zeisel's life and design story featured at Cooper Hewitt

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum has organized an afternoon of exploring the creative legacy and refined design process of Eva Zeisel (1906–2011). Yao-Fen You, senior curator and head of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department, and Olivia Barry, industrial designer and Zeisel’s longtime design assistant, will lead an intimate collections viewing followed by a hands-on workshop. Workshop participants will examine Zeisel’s work in pattern and repetition across ceramics, textiles, felt, and metalwork, and create their own works inspired by Zeisel’s process. More

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Saving Cities: How New York State Reshaped New York City Since the 1950s

Join the Skyscraper Museum for a discussion about New York State's wide-ranging role in New York City's housing and urban redevelopment plans since the 1950s. Carol Willis will moderate a panel of three leading urban historians to assess the competitions and collaborations of the State and City and debate what has worked, what has not, and why. More

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Shaping Our City: “Modern” Times in Midtown, 1930-1960

Organized by the Municipal Art Society and Led by historian Matt Postal, this walking tour examines the rise of modernism in midtown during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, with stops at the Rockefeller Apartments (1936), the (recently reopened) Museum of Modern Art (1969), the Look Building (1950), and Lever House (1951), among others. More

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A Modern Affair at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice

A special night to support DOCOMOMO US/New York Tri-State, honor the Ford Foundation Center For Social Justice for the renovation of its landmark building, and celebrate the legacies of Kevin Roche and Dan Kiley. More

Photo: Ezra Stoller/Esto


The Glass House as a Queer Space

The Glass House in New Canaan, CT, famously sheltered its architect Philip Johnson (1906–2005) and his partner, the curator David Whitney, in a relationship that began before the Stonewall rebellion. This event, presented by the Center for Architecture and The Glass House, brings together a panel of scholars and practitioners who will discuss the Glass House as “queer space” and consider the ways in which architecture and design shape queer identities. More

Philip Johnson Glass House illuminated by Richard Kelly Lighting. Photo: Robin Hill
Continuing this month


October 4, 2019

Shoreline: Remembering a Waterfront Vision

This fall, El Museo presents “Shoreline: Remembering a Waterfront Vision,” a special project that looks into the history of Buffalo’s Shoreline Apartments, a housing complex designed by Paul Rudolph (1918–1997). The project will open with an exhibition of documents, drawings, photographs, and artworks, spanning from the original vision of the Buffalo Waterfront Development in the 1960s to the eventual destruction of Shoreline in recent years. More