A No-Cost Modernist Home, but No Takers Yet. It Needs Moving.

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The New York Times has reported that an Instagram post has boosted preservation efforts for a midcentury-modern home in Illinois. But a plan for its future would need to be in place by April 1, or it might be razed.

The 2,200-square-foot house was built by the local Modernist architect John Schmidtke. Some are hoping it will be preserved.

Read the article here.

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Skinner has an position open                                                                                                                               

20th Century Design, Department Director, Marlborough, MA

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Skinner, New England’s leading auction house for antiques & fine art, seeks a Director for our 20th Century Design Department to provide curatorial, business development, auction, and administrative support for the Department. We seek a personable, detail-oriented individual who has the knowledge and skills in 20th Century furniture and decorative arts to further this area’s growth.


  • Develop and execute a plan for sustaining existing and creating new business
  • Manage departmental marketing communications and public relations; liaise with Skinner corporate Marketing Department
  • Manage departmental budget, expenses, revenue, and profit; liaise with Skinner corporate Finance Department
  • Provide appraisal services including object identification and valuation; liaise with Skinner corporate Appraisal Services Department
  • Oversee inquiries for auction, consignment, and appraisals services
  • Provide auction support, including research, estimating auction value, cataloging, supporting photography of items for auction, and providing detailed condition reports for prospective bidders
  • Liaise into the full Skinner auction schedule
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; end-user proficiency with online and social media platforms such as Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Ability to learn existing Auction and Inventory Management System 


  • The ideal candidate possesses a minimum of 5 years of experience identifying, appraising, and cataloging decorative arts and furniture in an auction house, gallery, museum, or related field 
  • Attention to detail, aesthetic sense, can-do attitude, ability to juggle multiple tasks, adhere to strict deadlines and work collaboratively as a team member a must
  • Computer proficiency, including the Microsoft Office suite and database programs
  • Knowledge of auction house software and systems a plus
  • Responsibility for Profit & Loss a plus

Salary commensurate with experience. Skinner offers a competitive employment package including salary, profit sharing, 401K, health & dental insurance, paid vacation, and a unique and varied working environment. Please submit a cover letter & resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., noting “20th C Director/your last name” in the subject line.

No phone calls, please.

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At Home with Mid-Century Modern

Wed May 12th 7:00pm - Sat 15th 11:00am

Lexington Historical Society

Lexington in the mid-20th century was in the middle of yet another revolution, this time not in war, but in design. Innovators in the fields of architecture, furniture and textile design called Lexington home as new, modern communities sprang forth to exemplify their new aesthetic.

Join LHS for three days of interactive lectures to learn more about how Lexington became home to nearly 300 Mid-Century Modern houses, how they were furnished, and how they are still being used and adapted today.

Wednesday, May 12, 7 PM
Mid-Century Modern Architecture and Furniture in Lexington
With Marsha Baker and Stacey Fraser of Lexington Historical Society

Friday, May 14, 7 PM
Marimekko in America: Past and Present
With Susan Ward, textile curator and conservator

Saturday, May 15, 10 AM
Adapting Mid-Century Architecture for the Modern Home
With Katie Flynn of Hisel Flynn Architects

All attendees will also receive an exclusive Mid-Century Modern informational guide with articles, design plans, photographs, and more!

Members: $10/each, $25/series

Nonmembers: $15/each, $40/series

More info here

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Modernism Week Online Experience - palm springs

programs are on sale until March 15, 2021 and stream through March 31, 2021.

Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture, hosted in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. This this year the festival takes place in March online, and we can all participate.

Visit the programs and purchase tickets here

about Virtual Rappaport Prize Lecture: Sonya Clark

Thursday, February 25, 2021 


DeCordova presents a virtual talk by acclaimed artist Sonya Clark, recipient of the 2020 Rappaport Prize. Clark (b. 1967, Washington, D.C.) is Professor of Art at Amherst College and best known as a fiber artist whose powerful work addresses issues of race, history, and culture. In her artwork, Clark turns everyday items such as hair combs and flags into aesthetic objects. Across all mediums, Clark challenges viewers to make connections between past and present, probing the roots of racial and national identities, and highlighting links between the founding of the United States, the institution of slavery, and contemporary practices of policing and incarceration.
Created in 2000 and endowed in 2010, the Rappaport Prize is an annual art award presented by deCordova through the generosity of the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation.

Please pre-register by emailing the deCordova—event is free
Starts at 6:30pm

Become a Member


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 Image Credit: Carlos Avedaño

VIRTUAL EVENT: Book Talk:Broken Glass: Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth, and the Fight Over a Modernist Masterpiece

Thursday, December 10
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Boston Athenaeum

This event is open to the public.
Registration is required.

More info here

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