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Calendar of Events: September 2018

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.



Mad Men Modern: Touring Norwalk’s Contemporary Architecture

Although New Canaan usually gets much of the attention, it is not the only Connecticut town with Modern architecture worth admiring. The eighth annual living history tour presented by the Norwalk Preservation Trust will explore the history and local significance of mid-century Modern architectural gems influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and others. Tour participants will travel by bus and enjoy a reception at the conclusion of the tour. More



Association for Preservation Technology (APT) Annual Conference

On the 50th anniversary of the founding of APT, the organization will hold its annual conference in both the United States and Canada. The first half of the event will take place in Buffalo, which is steeped in significant architecture, including buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, Gordon Bunshaft, Minoru Yamasaki, and I.M. Pei. The city, whose grain elevators inspired Le Corbusier, is now experiencing a renaissance fueled by the adaptive reuse of historic buildings. The second half of the conference will take place in Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada. More


Further AfieldSymposium

DOCOMOMO US 2018 National Symposium

Check out Columbus, IN, one of the most midcentury Modern cities in the country. Registration is now open for the DOCOMOMO US 2018 National Symposium: Design, Community, and Progressive Preservation. This year’s symposium is taking place in Indianapolis and Columbus, IN, and will offer four days of engaging programming, exclusive tours, morning and evening conversations with visionary leaders, and the American Institute of Architects’ Trade Show showcasing an array of new and innovative building products and services. More


DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations

Marcel Breuer: Building Global Institutions

Furniture designer, teacher, and architect Marcel Breuer is celebrated for changing the American house. But equally, his way of working and his signature buildings changed the image of corporate America and of religious, educational, and governmental complexes around the globe. Marcel Breuer: Building Global Institutions, edited by Barry Bergdoll and Jonathan Massey has just been published Four of the authors Barry Bergdoll, Lucia Allais, Guy Nordenson, and Teresa Harris, will come together to discuss the book and the renewed appreciation for Breuer’s work and for so-called Brutalist architecture. More



Revisiting Ada Louise Huxtable’s Walking Tours of Modern Architecture, No.3: Third Avenue

This Municipal Art Society tour will celebrate the seminal architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable (1921–2013). Her pocket guide “Four Walking Tours of Modern Architecture in New York City,” was jointly published by the Municipal Art Society and the Museum of Modern Art in 1961. Retracing the Third Avenue route covering the East 50s, 40s, and United Nations, participants will have a chance to consider Huxtable’s analysis and discuss subsequent changes to the highlighted buildings and their surroundings. More

Rockefeller Guest House. Robert Damora, Photographer, 1950.

LocalLecture & Tour

Talk & Tour of the James Rose Center

Dean Cardasis, Director of the James Rose Center and author of James Rose: A Voice Offstage, the first biography on the radical Modernist landscape architect, will present a special talk on Rose, his work, and Ridgewood, NJ, where Rose built a home for himself, his mother, and sister, and where he lived and worked for nearly four decades. The talk will be followed by a tour of the home, along with wine and hors d'oeuvres. More

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July 15, 2018

Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948-1980

Situated between the capitalist West and the socialist East, Yugoslavia’s architects responded to contradictory demands and influences, developing a postwar architecture both in line with and distinct from the design approaches seen elsewhere in Europe and beyond. The architecture that emerged—from International Style skyscrapers to Brutalist “social condensers”—is a manifestation of the radical diversity, hybridity, and idealism that characterized the Yugoslav state itself. Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 introduces the exceptional work of socialist Yugoslavia’s leading architects to an international audience for the first time, highlighting a significant yet thus-far understudied body of modernist architecture, whose forward-thinking contributions still resonate today. More

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Further AfieldExhibition

July 30, 2018

Secret Cities: The Architecture and Planning of the Manhattan Project

On August 6, 1945, when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, President Harry S. Truman publicly revealed the purpose of the sites now known as Oak Ridge, TN; Los Alamos, NM; and Hanford/Richland, WA. Secret Cities examines the innovative design and construction of these sites, built in the early years of the Modern Movement, and traces their precedents in the Bauhaus and other early Modern schools of architectural thought. It looks at daily life within the cities and how it was shaped by their physical form, illuminating the social stratification and segregation that were still evident despite the high-minded principles underlying their design. More

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September 28, 2018

Pedro E. Guerrero: The Photographer of Mid-Century New Canaan

Pedro E. Guerrero is internationally known for his work with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder (1898–1976) and Louise Nevelson (1899–1988), as well as his photographs of Modern houses for popular mid-century shelter magazines. This exhibition includes 35 of Guerrero’s black and white photos, many depicting the architecture for which the town is famous, as well as a gallery devoted to the life of Guerrero and his family in New Canaan during some of the town’s most tumultuous years. More