Travel Tour: Mass Modernism 2021

Event Sep 29  

Pack your bags and take a trip to Massachusetts this Fall. Six days of significant modern sites in Cambridge, Boston, Lincoln, Dartmouth and Cape Cod.

Pines Modern House Tour announced

Event Sep 12  

An all new guided tour of midcentury modern houses in Fire Island Pines debuts September 12 and repeats 19. Tickets go on sale August 1.

New Canaan Modern House Day + Symposium

Event Oct 22  

Modern House Day is back with an exciting two-day event. Tickets are on sale now.

Found: A long-lost MoMA model house


From the garden of MoMA to the Westchester suburbs, a Gregory Ain-designed house is still around.

Wall Street Modern

Event Jul 25  

This Municipal Art Society virtual tour will examine highlights of Modern architecture and public art in Manhattan’s Financial District created from the 1960s through the 1980s.

Two NJ Modern landmarks lost to governor's plan


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

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.

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


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

Donald P. Ryder, Black Architect


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.

Manitoga opens with a new Design Gallery


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.

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.