Current Exhibitions

February 17 - May 1, 2010

Modernism At Risk

Modernism represents the defining movement of twentieth-century architecture and design; yet, every day, important works of modern architecture are destroyed or inappropriately altered. The solutions for protecting them can be as individual as the threats that endanger them. These threats range from physical deterioration to perceived economic or functional obsolescence to public apathy. Often, the greatest challenges to saving modern buildings can be the innovative design and technical features that help define them as significant achievements in the history of architecture.

While there is no single response that can prevent the loss of every endangered modern site, the architects and designers working today play an increasingly critical role in demonstrating that these buildings can be economically and functionally viable and continue to serve useful purposes as places to live, work, learn, gather, and worship. The advocacy role of good design becomes increasingly important as the building materials and systems of many modern structures that stem from the classical period of modernism through the postwar boom reach the end of their physical life span. Saving modern landmarks is important because they enrich a community’s sense of place – providing continuity between its past and important buildings of our own times.

Featured projects:
-A. Conger Goodyear House (Edward Durell Stone)
-ADGB Trade Union School (Hannes Meyer with Hans Wittwer)
-Grosse Pointe Public Library (Marcel Breuer)
-Kent Memorial Library (Warren Platner)
-Riverview High School (Paul Rudolph)

And, included in the "At Risk" section:
-Atlanta Fulton Public Library (Marcel Breuer)
-Bell Laboratories (Eero Saarinen)
-Chorley Elementary School (Paul Rudolph)
-La Facultad de Arquitectura y Urbanismo (Carlos Raul Villanueva)
-Michael Reese Hospital Campus (Walter Gropius and The Architects Collaborative with local architects)

Attend the exhibition opening: Wednesday, February 17, 6-8pm

Related Programs:

At Risk! The John W. Chorley Elementary School, Middletown, NY
Thursday, March 11, 6pm to 8pm

FamilyDay@theCenter: Make It Modern
Saturday, March 13, 11am to 4pm

Modernism By Choice: The Economy, Politics, and Sustainability of Preservation
Saturday, March 20, 11am to 5pm

Film Screening: "A Necessary Ruin: The Story of Buckminster Fulle and the Union Tank Car Dome"
Friday, April 30, 6pm to 8pm

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Photo: Bjorn Wallander
Photo: Bjorn Wallander
Photo: Bjorn Wallander

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