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Calendar of Events: November 2020

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.

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LocalVirtual Conference

Virtual Conference 2020: Saving Wright Now

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s virtual conference, Saving Wright Now, offers an unprecedented chance to convene the global community of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) specialists and aficionados from November 11–14. Preservationists, homeowners and public site leaders will participate in lively panel discussions and open their doors to attendees through video and photographic tours, providing a broad look at the current state of the movement to save Wright-designed structures. More

FLW Rosenbaum House 1939 Florence, AL.
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LocalVirtual Award Ceremony

Modernism in America Awards

DOCOMOMO US will host the 2020 Modernism in America Awards. For the first time, the awards will be free to attend via a virtual ceremony on Thursday, November 12. More

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LocalVirtual Lecture

Seizo Sugawara, Eileen Gray’s Enduring Collaborator

In this presentation from Bard Graduate Center, Ruth Starr and Emma Cormack will consider the influence of the Japanese sculptor and lacquer specialist, Seizo Sugawara (1884–1937) on Eileen Gray (1878–1976) in the context of the pervasiveness of Japonisme. More

Photograph of Seizo Sugawara, 1900s, EG:2003.551, Eileen Gray Collection II
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LocalVirtual Tour

Fifth Avenue Modern

This Municipal Art Society virtual tour, led by DOCOMOMO US/New York Tri-State President John Arbuckle, will celebrate the seminal architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable (1921–2013). More

Manufacturers Trust Company Building, New York City, Charles Evans Hughes III and Gordon Bunshaft, 1954. Photo: Beyond My Ken, Wikipedia
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DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations

Building Modern to Save America’s Cities: Ed Logue’s Complex Career in Urban Renewal with Lizabeth Cohen

Edward Logue was both one of the most prominent figures in American urban renewal and one of the postwar era’s most prolific patrons of Modern architecture. Harvard Professor Lizabeth Cohen, author of Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age, will discuss Logue’s career and examine his relationship with Modernism. More

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LocalVirtual Lecture

Saarinen’s TWA Flight Center: An Adaptive Reuse Case Study

The TWA Flight Center, designed by Eero Saarinen (1910–1961) for Trans World Airlines at JFK International Airport, is one of the most significant examples of mid-century modern architecture in the world. Celebrated at the time of its dedication in 1962, the Flight Center was effectively obsolete within a decade of its opening. The Columbia University GSAPP hosts this talk exploring the formal, structural and functional significance of Saarinen’s masterpiece, the evolution of its design, its decline within the changing aviation industry, and the twenty year effort to save the building from demolition and revitalize it as a hotel, restaurant and events center. More

(Photo courtesy of arch.columbia.edu)
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LocalVirtual Film Festival

Architecture & Design Film Festival

The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF), celebrates the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate anyone excited about architecture and design. It has grown into the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject with screenings, legendary panelists, and vibrant discussions in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. More

Hollywood's Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story. Photo courtesy of adfilmfest.com.
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LocalVirtual Lecture

The Temple of Atomic Catastrophes with Thomas Daniell

Kyoto-born architect Sei’ichi Shirai (1905–83) is perhaps best known for his Temple of Atomic Catastrophes, first published in 1955. In part a tacit counterproposal to Kenzo Tange’s Hiroshima Peace Museum, completed the same year, Shirai’s design was also an unsolicited response to a call by artists Iri and Toshi Maruki for a venue to display a series of huge paintings they titled The Hiroshima Panels. The Temple of Atomic Catastrophes was never built, but it contributed to Shirai almost becoming the first Japanese Pritzker Prize laureate. Selected by the jury to be awarded the 1984 prize, Shirai unfortunately died before the official announcement, and a few years later Kenzo Tange became the first Japanese Pritzker. More

Photo courtesy of The Collins/Kaufmann Forum for Modern Architectural History.
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February 12, 2020

Noguchi Museum Dual Exhibition

Isamu Noguchi was profoundly in sync with America’s mid-century obsession with the power of design to shape the modern world. Dual exhibitions from the Noguchi Museum, Composition for Idlewild Airport and The Sculptor and the Ashtray, testify to his interest in making sculpture everywhere out of everything and are now available online. More

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September 3, 2020

Anni Albers at The Glass House

Pliable Plane is part of a new series presented by the Glass House in which an artist or designer is invited to refashion the house’s interiors with site-responsive textiles. For the first installment of this series—named for a 1957 essay by Anni Albers (1899–1994) about the relationship between textiles and architecture—the Glass House and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation are collaborating to create a new bedspread and window panels based on original works by Anni Albers. More

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September 5, 2020

Frank Stella: Paintings, 1960–1973

The Glass House (1948) presents the online exhibit Frank Stella: Paintings, 1960 – 1973 a selection of works by the artist from the Glass House permanent collection. One of America’s most important living artists, Stella has played a significant role in the development of abstraction in the 20th century and has consistently pushed compositional boundaries throughout his career. More

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LocalVirtual Conference

November 12, 2020

Virtual Conference 2020: Saving Wright Now

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s virtual conference, Saving Wright Now, offers an unprecedented chance to convene the global community of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) specialists and aficionados from November 11–14. Preservationists, homeowners and public site leaders will participate in lively panel discussions and open their doors to attendees through video and photographic tours, providing a broad look at the current state of the movement to save Wright-designed structures. More

Continuing this month

LocalVirtual Film Festival

November 20, 2020

Architecture & Design Film Festival

The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF), celebrates the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate anyone excited about architecture and design. It has grown into the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the subject with screenings, legendary panelists, and vibrant discussions in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. More

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