The Fish Church has new status

News  

First Presbyterian Church in Stamford, CT, has recently been recognized as a National Historic Landmark by the National Parks Service. Designed by Wallace Harrison and completed in 1958, it set the bar high for midcentury religious structures.

Enclaves of Modernism: Houses From Chicago to New Canaan

Event Apr 19  

The Glass House Presents series is back with Michelangleo Sabatino, author of Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1920–1975, and others to discuss two hotbeds of Modern residential design.

Lescaze House & Studio Threatened

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The house on East 48th Street that William Lescaze designed for himself in 1934 is before the LPC with an application requesting alterations that threaten the integrity of this groundbreaking early work of Modern architecture.

Hilla Rebay, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Guggenheim Museum

Event Apr 30  

The Guggenheim Museum was revolutionary when it opened in 1959. Not only because of its architect, but because of its founding director Hilla Rebay. Learn more from this MAS virtual tour.

Adolf Loos: Exploring the Pilsen Interiors

Through May 26  

The Czech city of Pilsen is home to an impressive collection of Loos apartment interiors. Until you can visit, this exhibition at the Czech Center New York will take you there.

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.

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Nominate Now: Modernism in America Awards 2021

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It’s time for the eighth edition of the Modernism in America Awards presented by Docomomo US. Celebrate those who advance the preservation of modern architecture and design.

Concrete Heritage: Beleaguered, Besieged, Beloved, Conserved

Event Apr 15  

Concrete. It’s reviled, beloved and everything in between. Susan Macdonald of the Getty Conservation Institute will discuss both the legacy and future use of concrete in a lecture presented as part of the Columbia University GSAPP Preservation Lecture Series.

Architecture at the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair

Event Apr 22  

In 1964 Modern architecture met Pop Art on the fairgrounds in Queens. This virtual tour from AIANY with John Kriskiewicz will examine extant architecture and all that made for a memorable, controversial exposition.

Docomomo US National Symposium: Chicago at Crossroads

Event May 25  

This year’s Docomomo US National Symposium, being held virtually from Chicago, will explore a thematic vision which views innovation and change through the lens of the Modern Movement.

Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start

Through Aug 7  

Calder’s work was first exhibited at MoMA in 1930. A new MoMA exhibition looks at Calder’s work through the lens of his connection with the Museum.

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.