Two NJ Modern landmarks lost to governor's plan

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Two of Trenton’s notable midcentury government structures—the Health and Agriculture Buildings—are being demolished.

A new home for Lippold’s “Orpheus and Apollo” sculpture

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Richard Lippold’s shimmery “Orpheus and Apollo” will be arriving at LaGuardia Airport’s new Central Hall in 2022.

Donald P. Ryder, Black Architect

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Earlier this year the architecture world lost Donald Ryder, partner in a New York firm that designed notable landmarks dealing with Black life and history.

Nivola Sandscapes at Magazzino Italian Art

Through Jan 10  

Costantino Nivola is known for his large-scale bas-reliefs and sculptural installations created in collaboration with architects. This new exhibition shows how much more there is to know about Nivola.

Manitoga opens with a new Design Gallery

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Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center is open for the season and debuts The Design Gallery, a permanent collection gallery of Russel and Mary Wright designs that tells the story of how the Wrights shaped modern American lifestyle.

Join our Board

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DOCOMOMO US/New York Tri-State seeks board candidates. Passionate about Modern architecture and design? Find out more.

The James Rose Center in Ridgewood, NJ opens

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The James Rose Center, the suburban laboratory of one of landscape architecture’s most inventive minds, is now open for the summer and fall season. The Center is also seeking a tenant/caretaker.

Nominate now for the 2021 WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize

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The Modernism Prize acknowledges the preservation work of architects, preservationists and other organizations who have saved modern sites in the last 10 years.

Darwin Martin House: Through the Eyes of an Engineer

Event Jun 13  

Rich Beatty will provide a live, virtual exploration on the engineering principles behind the design and construction of the Martin house in Buffalo, NY.

Big, bronze and looking for a new home

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The 1960 sculptural fountain that has graced Parkside Chapel in Queens, NY, will be lost without relocation. Free to a good building.

Herman Miller and Knoll announce $1.8 billion merger

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It’s true, the big two in midcentury modern are joining forces.

Unless: The Seagram Building Construction Ecology

Event Jul 20  

Professor Kiel Moe takes a very different look at of one of the most modern of modern architectures: the Seagram Building, in this Skyscraper Museum event.

Expand your MoMo horizons

Docomomo Journal is the peer-reviewed journal of Docomomo International that, since 1990, has provided a twice-yearly collection of recent and original research on the documentation and conservation of Modern Movement sites. The journal is now open access and digitized back to 2010. Peruse some great issues at our leisure.

Wear your Modernist colors

The Modernist Society in Manchester, UK, is back with a new production run of its popular “ist Badges.” That would be modernist, brutalist, futurist, minimalist, all on tasteful enameled pins. Order yours today.

Cats of Brutalism

Apparently cats like Brutalism a lot more than architectural pundits, civic leaders and everyday onlookers. This Instagram account—taglined a “daily dose of cats and concrete”—is all fun. If you’re on Instagram check out Julliard School, Pirelli Building, Whitney Museum and more.

Eames Office Explains Magnitude

Along with architecture, Charles and Ray Eames made their mark in short films. In Power of Ten, a 1977 film for IBM, the duo visualized the concept of magnitude and it still mesmerizes. Six million YouTube viewers couldn’t be wrong.

The Albers nailed it first

Pantone has announced its Color of the Year—and it’s two, a lemony yellow and a pale gray. Something about sunny optimism ahead. Midcentury color pioneers Josef and Anni Albers made extensive use of this combo in their work, Josef in his “Homage to the Square” series and Anni in screen prints. Phaidon’s recent monograph, Anni & Josef Albers, makes the case for the duo’s early influence on color performance.

Kickstarter for Kahn

Originally issued in 1962 and long out of print, Kahn personally acknowledged The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn as his favorite book about his work. The Louis I. Kahn Facsimile Project is Kickstarting to publish an exact reproduction and new Reader’s Guide. Sign up now for a discount when it’s out.

Beauty and the Brutalists

Nice title. This interesting read is yet another take on the fate of Brutalist architecture in the UK and around the world, published in of all places, the Financial Times. Just might be the only article ever published that leads with a reference to Donald Trump’s take on an architectural style.

Plan for Japan

The 16th DOCOMOMO International Conference is in Tokyo! Originally scheduled for September 2020, “Inheritable Resilience: Sharing Values of Global Modernities,” is now happening in August 2021. Every two years DOCOMOMO’s 73 national chapters come together for presentations and great tours.