Modernism Around The Nation

This year’s Modernism Week virtual programming provides a unique opportunity to highlight modernism outside of Palm Springs.

We created a roundup of exciting video tours all across America, from the midcentury modern hotspot of New Canaan and the Glass House on the East Coast, to the Farnsworth House and Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in the MidWest, and the Schlinder and Neutra Homes and Dawnridge on the West Coast. All the video tours and presentations are on-demand, streaming 24/7 until February 28th.

Join us on a digital cross-country road trip!

EAST COAST

Landis Gores In New Canaan: An Architect’s Story | $15 | 28 min.

Landis Gores is one of “The Harvard Five” architects who settled in New Canaan in the 1940s. This presentation explores his career, family life and his unique vision with those who knew him best. 

Modern New Canaan – Evolution of Design: Bauhaus | Harvard GSD | New Canaan | $15 | 45 min.

Discover how the town of New Canaan became a center of midcentury modern architecture, including a visit to three of New Canaan’s most iconic houses and the homeowners who cherish them. 

‘Philip Johnson – a Visual Biography’ and the Glass House | $15 | 45 min.

Ian Volner (design writer and author of Philip Johnson: A Visual Biography) joins Hilary Lewis (Chief Curator and Creative Director at the Glass House) for a conversation about Philip Johnson and tour of the Glass House.

MIDWEST

Edith Farnsworth, Mies van der Rohe and Their Masterpiece – A Conversation at the Farnsworth House | $15 | 45 min.

Join author Alex Beam (author of Broken Glass – a novel that chronicles the trial and drama between Mies van der Rohe and his client Edith Farnsworth) for an in-depth discussion about the fascinating history behind one of the 20th century’s most iconic architectural creations: the Glass House that launched a thousand others (most famously the one Philip Johnson designed for himself in Connecticut).

Moshe Safdie, Frank Lloyd Wright and More at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art | $15 | 40 min.

Viewers will tour the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, by Moshe Safdie, a Frank Lloyd Wright 1956 ‘Usonian’, Bucky Fuller’s “Fly’s Eye Dome’ and learn of the museum’s increasing focus on architecture.

WEST COAST

Tour of Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge Estate with Hutton Wilkinson | $20 | 48 min.

Explore Dawnridge, the legendary home of designer Tony Duquette with Hutton Wilkinson and Jaime Rummerfield. Located in Beverly Hills, Dawnridge is one of the most creatively designed and eccentric homes in America.

Simply Complex – The Lovell Health House by Richard Neutra | $15 | 45 min.

With total access to Neutra’s 1929 Lovell Heath House, this film explores the creation of one of the world’s most famous modern masterpieces in architecture. The Lovell House is an architecture of firsts, which gave rise to Neutra’s International fame and introduced the Lovell House as an architectural landmark.

Introduction to Rudolph Schindler, Architect | $15 | 45 min.

This film features key examples of one of modernism’s most cherished architects and demonstrates his evolving design work from the 1920s to 1940s. Filmed on location at Kings Road House, the MAK Center West Hollywood, and Walker House in Silverlake Los Angeles.


Click here to view the full Modernism Week Online Experience program, streaming February 1-28, 2021.

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