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Events September 2017


Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson

September 7, 2017
through December 9, 2017

Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson explores how Alfred Barr, the Museum of Modern Art’s first director, and Philip Johnson, the curator of architecture, introduced Modern design to North America. The story begins when Barr and Johnson traveled to Europe in the late 1920s and early 1930s and discovered that leading European architects such as Le Corbusier, J. J. P. Oud, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, were rejecting ornament in favor of a purity of form. Barr and Johnson dubbed this new architectural language “International Style.”

Featuring more than 100 objects including furniture, photographs, and industrial and graphic design, the exhibition traces the development of Modern design from its Bauhaus origins to Barr and Johnson’s radical experiments in their New York City homes to MoMA’s nationally influential exhibition in the 1930s and beyond. Organized by the Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design. 

DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State will be offering a gallery tour the evening of November 29, details to follow.

September 7 – December 9
Grey Art Gallery, 100 Washington Square East

Partners in Design related programming
September 6 – Opening Reception
September 13 – Gallery Conversation
September 18 – Panel Talk: Modern Architecture and Photography
September 23Study Tour: Philip Johnson in Manhattan
September 26 – Lecture: A Romp Through NYU’s Architecture, Built and Unbuilt
September 28Panel Talk: The Glass House presents The Modern Interior
October 11 – Film Screening: Chance at Heaven (RKO, 1933)
October 18 – Gallery Conversation
October 24 – Panel Talk: The Haute Bohemia of 1930s Manhattan
October 30 – Panel Talk: Modern Architecture comes to America

See full list of programs HERE 

Philip Johnson and Alfred Barr, Lake Maggiore Switzerland, April 1933. Photo © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, New York.


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