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Calendar of Events: March 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.

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LocalRoundtable

Marcel Breuer: Building Global Institutions

Marcel Breuer (1902–1981) is celebrated as a furniture designer, teacher, and architect who changed the American house after his emigration from Hungary to the United States in 1937. More recently historians, architects and―with the reopening of the great megalith of his Whitney Museum as the Met Breuer―a larger public are gaining new insights into the cities and large-scale buildings Breuer planned. Join Barry Bergdoll, Jonathan Massey, Lucia Allias, and Guy Nordensen as they reflect on the longevity of Breuer’s contributions. Presented by the Princeton University School of Architecture. More

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LocalLecture

Constructivism: Giving Shape to the Everyday

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is presenting “Art x Architecture: Russian Intersections 1917–37,” a three-part lecture series by Jean-Louis Cohen, the Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. Cohen will chronicle the radical changes that affected Russian art and architecture during the 20 years following the Bolshevik Revolution. Russian art and architecture went through rapid and contradictory phases during this time. Lectures include an exploration of planned utopias, constructivism, and the intersection of Realism and the Avant-Garde. More

Vladimir Tatlin's Monument to the Third International. Thecharnelhouse.org
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Further AfieldAdvocacy Week

National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week

Preservation Action and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers announced registration for National Historic Preservation Advocacy Week 2019. Each year this program brings over 250 preservationists to Washington, DC to promote sound preservation policies and programs. This year’s event will include advocacy training, policy briefings and update sessions, as well as visits to Capitol Hill and a congressional reception hosted by Preservation Action. More

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LocalLecture

Realism and the Shadow of the Avant-Garde

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is presenting “Art x Architecture: Russian Intersections 1917–37,” a three-part lecture series by Jean-Louis Cohen, the Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. Cohen will chronicle the radical changes that affected Russian art and architecture during the 20 years following the Bolshevik Revolution. Russian art and architecture went through rapid and contradictory phases during this time. Lectures include an exploration of planned utopias, constructivism, and the intersection of Realism and the Avant-Garde. More

Vladimir Tatlin's Monument to the Third International. Thecharnelhouse.org
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Further AfieldConference

Preserving the Recent Past 3

Preserving the Recent Past 3, will offer a national forum to share the latest strategies for identifying, protecting, and conserving significant structures and sites from the postwar era. The program includes three tracks: advocacy challenges and preservation strategies, history and context, and technical conservation issues and solutions for postwar resources. This year’s conference will be held at the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California with a closing session and reception at the Getty Conservation Institute. Full and half-day tours will provide participants the opportunity to visit important “recent past” sites in and around Los Angeles. More

Eames House (Case study House #8) photo: © Richard Langendorf; cc license MIT Libraries
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LocalTour

Trailblazing Women Architects: Celebrating Women's History Month

Matt Postal will lead this Municipal Art Society walking tour highlighting the varied contributions made by pioneering women architects, designers, critics, and curators. Memorable examples of mid-20th-century modernism will be considered, paying particular attention to the sometimes overlooked roles played by women, from Florence Knoll (1917–2019) and Eleanor Le Maire (1928–1970) to Elizabeth Mock (1911–1998) and Ada Louise Huxtable (1921–2013). More

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons, Patrick Nouhailler
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LocalTour

Sixth Avenue Modern: 20th-Century Architecture in the Heart of Midtown

Lined by International Style skyscrapers, Sixth Avenue north of Bryant Park is arguably among the most notable sites of Modern planning and architecture in America. This Municipal Art Society tour led by DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State President John Arbuckle will examine the avenue’s postwar architecture including: the iconic XYZ buildings, designed by Harrison, Abramovitz & Harris; Eero Saarinen’s CBS Building; the Time & Life Building; several works of SOM; and numerous towers designed by Emery Roth & Sons. More

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons, giggel
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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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LocalExhibition

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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Further AfieldExhibition

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

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LocalExhibition

February 28, 2019

Patchwork: The Architecture of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak

Patchwork: The Architecture of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak presents the work of one of the most important Polish architects of the 20th Century, Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak (1920-2018). Through models, films, and photographs visitors will learn about Grabowska-Hawrylak’s studies in the 1940s and her involvement in almost all stages of reconstruction and the creation of “new” Wrocław in what will be the first comprehensive presentation of her work outside of Poland. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Museum of Architecture in Wrocław and curated by Michał Duda and Małgorzata Devosges-Cuber. More

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