New Canaan Modern House Day + Symposium

Event Oct 22  

Modern House Day is back with an exciting two-day event. Symposium, lunch, house tours and cocktails. Tickets are on sale now.

Brutalism + the Public University Symposium

Event Oct 22  

–23 UMassBrut presents a two-day collaborative symposium to open a cross-disciplinary conversation about concrete Brutalist architecture and preservation of the architectural icons.

Sixth Avenue Modern—Walk it!

Event Oct 24  

This Municipal Art Society tour led by John Arbuckle looks at “New York’s preeminent Modernist street,” or so says New York 1960.

Cairo Modern

Through Jan 22  

Cairo Modern brings Egyptian modernist architecture to NY at the Center for Architecture, showcasing works from the 1920s through the 1970s

Modernism in America Awards in NYC

Event Nov 11  

Docomomo US honors recipients of its 2021 Modernism in America Awards, including two NY award winners. Join the in-person event to celebrate the best work out there.

Rolex files for demolition on Fifth Avenue

News  

Rolex plans to demolish its 12-story headquarters and rebuild at twice the height. Sound familiar?

Lever House is in the news

News  

SOM returns to Lever House to lead a multi-faceted restoration and renovation project. Preservationists have some questions.

The Modernist French Garden: Designs by the Vera Brothers

Through Jan 2  

André and Paul Vera sought to transform garden designs by pairing modern geometric order with elements of traditional 17th-century landscapes. At the Cooper Hewitt now.

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.

Shower in the spirit of FLW

It was only a matter of time. “With the stroke of his pencil he gave structure to life, and life to structure. That is a legacy that lives on.” Now, we’re told, in a new bathroom fixture collection from BRIZO. Catch the video.

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.