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Calendar of Events: March 2020

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.



Nivola in New York I Figure in Field Curator's Gallery Tour

Join Docomomo New York/Tri-State for an exclusive gallery tour at The Cooper Union of the exhibition Nivola in New York | Figure in Field, with co-curators Steven Hillyer, Director, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive at The Cooper Union, and Roger Broome, a Brooklyn-based architect and Cooper Union alumnus. More

Costantino Nivola at work, preparing for a sand-casting. Photographer and date unknown. Courtesy of the Nivola Family Archive.


Why Modern Architecture Doesn't Matter

Join The New Haven Preservation Trust for a presentation by Mike Stallmeyer and Elizabeth Holt on Modern architecture and what preservation professionals are doing on behalf of these often-misunderstood buildings. Mike Stallmeyer is a project manager at PRESERV, Inc. in New York City and specializes in facade restoration of historic buildings from townhouses to commercial properties. Elizabeth Holt is the Director of Preservation Services at New Haven Preservation Trust and works to preserve New Haven’s irreplaceable buildings, from its earliest architecture through the 20th century. More

The 1948 Art Moderne (R.W. Foote) former bank building at 80 Elm Street, New Haven, Connecticut.


Park Avenue Modern Architecture: In honor of Ada Louise Huxtable's Walking Tours

Visit some of New York’s most iconic works of Modern architecture and learn about the evolution of Park Avenue on a tour organized by the Municipal Art Society of New York. The seminal Seagram Building (1958), designed by Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969) with Philip Johnson (1906–2005), was described by the critic Herbert Muschamp as “the millennium’s most important building.” Lever House (1952) and the former Pepsi-Cola Building (1960) are two of the most notable and elegant designs of Pritzker laureate Gordon Bunshaft (1909–1990) of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The tour, led by DOCOMOMO US New York/Tri-State President John Arbuckle, also considers lesser known Modern buildings and significant contemporary projects such as Rafael Viñoly’s controversial 432 Park Avenue (2016) and 425 Park Avenue (2020) by Foster + Partners. More

© Stoller/Esto, Canadian Center for Architecture

DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations

Nicholas Adams Unpacks Gordon Bunshaft and SOM: On Being Silent

On the occasion of the publication of Gordon Bunshaft and SOM: Building Corporate Modernism, its author, Nicholas Adams, will speak about Bunshaft’s silence as an architect and its effect on his legacy today. More

Gordon Bunshaft, Heinz Administrative and Research Center, Hayes, Middlesex, England, 1964
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January 24, 2020

Nivola in New York : Figure in Field

The Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and the Costantino Nivola Foundation present Nivola in New York: Figure in Field, an exhibition of the work of Italian sculptor Costantino Nivola (1911–1988), known for his large-scale bas-reliefs, murals, and free-standing sculptural installations created in collaboration with architects. On view in the Arthur A. Houghton Jr. Gallery, the exhibition is the first-ever to tell the story of Nivola’s built New York City projects through maquettes and sculptures, original drawings, site-specific photographs, and related ephemera. The exhibition also features a timeline outlining 58 projects that Nivola made in collaboration with architects over approximately 40 years. In addition to the exhibition, The Cooper Union will present a variety of related programming including a panel on the role of public art, as well as off-site educational workshops and tours of Nivola’s work throughout the city. More

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January 29, 2020

Frank Lloyd Wright Textiles: The Taliesin Line, 1955–60

This installation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents the book and nine examples of the fabric it introduced, all from the original line produced by F. Schumacher and Co. In addition to the textiles that reflect the signature Frank Lloyd Wright aesthetic, the installation also includes two examples of Wright-designed wooden vases that were made in a very limited number and never reached the open market, and a 1954 photograph of the architect by Yosuf Karsh. More

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January 30, 2020

Herbert Bayer: Bauhaus Master

Herbert Bayer: Bauhaus Master will feature information graphics, books, advertising, posters, ephemera, and magazine layouts for diverse clients. Many works on view will be drawn from a trove of more than 500 pieces documenting Bayer’s career in the U.S., recently acquired to the Cooper Hewitt collection through a gift from the Taub Foundation. Key works from the Bauhaus period are on loan from the collection of Merrill C. Berman. More

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February 21, 2020

Making Connections: Harvey Probber Furniture, 1945–1985

Celebrating the diverse connections as integral to his story, New York School of Interior Design’s upcoming exhibit, Making Connections: Harvey Probber Furniture, 1945–1985 will paint a broader picture of a man whose influence on design, and on the furniture industry, has never been fully appreciated. It will feature period examples of his best-known furniture pieces, including his groundbreaking modular seating units and distinctive seating and storage furniture in rich woods and luxurious fabrics, along with original sketches and renderings, vintage photographs, catalogs, and ephemera from the Harvey Probber Design Archive. More

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February 27, 2020

R. Buckminster Fuller, Pattern-Thinking Curated by Daniel López-Pérez

Commemorating the 125th anniversary of R. Buckminster Fuller’s birth, and celebrating the publication of R. Buckminster Fuller, Pattern-Thinking (Lars Müller Publishers, 2020), this exhibition at the Princeton School of Architecture traces Fuller's ambition to measure physical experience into an ever-expanding pattern of relationships and to coordinate these into a conceptual network of words and concepts that shaped the basis for his thinking. More


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March 4, 2020

Why Modern Architecture Doesn't Matter