Marcel Breuer's Design and Architecture
RISD Museum assistant director James Brayton Hall will lead a discussion on the furniture and architectural design of Marcel Breuer, and the materials he favored.
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Beginning in the late 1930s, a group of visionary architects congregated on the isolated backshore of Wellfleet and Truro. In conjunction with the exhibition Marcel Breuer, this lecture by Peter McMahon explores the Modernist legacy of the Outer Cape, along with efforts to document and preserve it. McMahon is principal of PM Design and focuses on sustainable modern architecture and restoration of mid 20th-century buildings.
In conjunction with the exhibition Marcel Breuer, architect Diane Lewis lectures on the competition-winning “Riverview Music Quadrangle,” a project to save Paul Rudolph’s first civic building. Since 1982, Lewis served both as principal at her own firm and as a professor of architecture at the Cooper Union School of Architecture. Her minimalist approach emphasizes refined, inventive use of structural elements and space, integrating the character of preexisting conditions.
Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio is a documentary film on the late architect Samuel Mockbee and the educational design/build program known as the Rural Studio.The film spotlights Mockbee's radical program that prompted students to use ingenuity and compassion to provide housing for poor residents of Hale County, AL. The film critiques the Studio’s approach and opens a larger discussion about education, citizenship, and making the world a better place.
Visit the Cape Cod National Seashore to view the Modernist cottages. A chartered bus provides transportation for an exclusive tour by architect Peter McMahon, principal of PM Design, a firm dedicated to sustainable modern architecture and restoration of mid-20th-century buildings. See examples of modernist architecture and learn about the preservation of these "gems in the rough" at-risk for demolition. Space is limited, so reserve your seat by contacting Fran Gorman at 401-454-6530 or emailing the contact below.