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Events February 2010


Arcadia/Suburbia: The Modern House on Long Island 1930–2010

February 1, 2010
through April 12, 2010

Bringing to light the impressive architectural history of Long Island over the past 80 years, "Arcadia-Suburbia: Architecture on Long Island 1930–2010" underscores the role that Long Island played in the broader development of Modernism and Post-Modernism in the U.S. as it was transformed from a largely agrarian economy mixed with leisure to one centered on suburban living. Curated by architectural historian Erik Neil, "Arcadia-Suburbia" features drawings, photographs, architectural models and other items related to some of the most prominent architects of the era as well as many talented but less well-known Long Island architects. Featured houses range from the experimental prototypes of the 1930s and 1940s, like Kocher & Frey’s Aluminaire House (1931), to highly refined expressions of the Modern esthetic in the 1950s and 1960s, such as Philip Johnson’s Leonhardt House (1956). In subsequent decades as the Modernist Movement fractured, a more diverse range of buildings was designed and built.

Among the well-known architects whose projects will be examined are Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, Marcel Breuer, Jose Luis Sert, John Hejduk, Paul Rudolph, Robert Venturi, Charles Moore, Richard Meier, and Resolution: 4 Architecture. Featured Long Island architects include William Landsberg, Herbert Beckhard, George Nemeny, Norman Jaffe, Walter Blum, Fred and Maria Bentel, Michael Spector, Charles Schwarting, Andrew Geller, Tom Mojo and Mark Stumer, and Eduardo Lacroze.

A fully illustrated catalogue, Long Island Moderns: Art and Architecture on the North Shore and Beyond, will accompany the exhibition.

January 16 – April 12

Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY

Canvas Weekend House, Kocher + Frey, c. 1935
©Rockefeller Library at Colonial Williamsburg


Week of January 31st