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.
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.
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.
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.
This exhibition brings together over 400 works that reflect the extraordinarily broad range of the Bauhaus school's productions, including industrial design, furniture, architecture, graphics, photography, textiles, ceramics, theater and costume design, painting, and sculpture. It includes works by famous faculty members and well-known students including Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Walter Gropius, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Lucia Moholy, Lilly Reich, Oskar Schlemmer, and Gunta Stölzl, as well as less well-known, but equally innovative, artists.
Arcadia/Suburbia: Architecture on Long Island, 1930 - 2010 brings to light the impressive architectural history of Long Island over the past 80 years and underscores the role that Long Island has played in the broader development of Modernism and Post-Modernism in the US. This exhibition charts the region's development from a largely agrarian society with a significant role as a leisure destination to a "mature" suburban culture through an examination of residential architecture ranging from the experimental and economic prototypes of the 1930s and 1940s to highly refined expressions of the Modernist esthetic in the 1950s and 1960s, ending with the more diverse buildings that were designed and built as the Modernist movement fractured in the subsequent decades. The architects included form a pantheon of Modernism and Post-Modernism: Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher, Frank Lloyd Wright, Percival Goodman, Wallace Harrison, Edward Durrell Stone, Marcel Breuer, Jose Lluis Sert, Philip Johnson, John Hejduk, Paul Rudolph, Charles Moore, Robert Venturi, and Res4, among others.
The exhibition features a full range of objects from textiles and fashion to industrial pieces, furniture and prints. It includes design classics such as chairs by Charles and Ray Eames, as well as work by a spectrum of designers that together evoke an impacting impression of their era. Key exhibits include work by William Morris, Christopher Dresser, Adolf Loos, Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Eileen Gray, Achille Castiglioni, Issey Miyake, Zaha Hadid and Ron Arad.