The Birth of the Modern Movement: New York's Mid-Century Skyline in the Making

The Birth of the Modern Movement: New York's Mid-Century Skyline in the Making
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Barry Lewis
Tue, October 22nd, 2013 | 6:30 pm
(Members $20)


The post-World War I generation wanted a new international language of architecture based on science and technology, not the inherent “nationalisms” of the entrenched historic revivalisms—“nationalisms” that had led to a devastating war. In the 1910s, '20s & '30s, this generation forged a new architecture that would change the New York skyline by the mid-century. Experience the origins of such game changers as the Seagram Building and One Chase Manhattan Plaza, and learn about their roots in the European Modern Movement of the 1910s and '20s.


Barry Lewis is an architectural historian who currently teaches at Cooper Union Forum and specializes in European and American architecture from the 18th to 20th centuries.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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