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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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A Conversation with photographer Mark Römisch and Peter McMahon, founding director of Cape Cod Modern House Trust                                                                                                             

Thursday, June 25, 6 PM
Via Zoom Webinar (please RSVP)

Within the context of the exhibition Form and Landscape: Bauhaus in New England at the Goethe-Institut Boston, postponed due to the Corona virus, Mark Römisch and Peter McMahon explore the special connection between the Bauhaus, New England and nature with a particular focus on Cape Cod. 

Cocktail Part to follow!
Join us with your favorite drink for an informal virtual gathering and share your favorite Bauhaus stories. We will also use the occasion to thank the many people who generously offered their time and access to their properties to help make this project a success. Please RSVP separately.

See link to website, here for more info.

Online Exhibition at https://www.goethe.de/ins/us/en/kul/art/bhs/sca.html

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Brown’s Wood Additions to Lincoln Historic District

At its March 2019 town meeting, the town of Lincoln voted to accept the generous offers of two Lincoln homeowners to join the Brown’s Wood Historic District. The two new houses in the district are the 1959 Rawson House and the 1959 Wales House.

Ann and Ranulf Gras, the latter a research engineer at MIT, began organizing the Brown’s Wood neighborhood in 1953. The neighborhood expressed the idea and the ideal that a house should be part of a way of life and of a community based on shared values. The Brown’s Wood community expressed its values through a consensually-derived charter. The charter emphasized Modern design principles, prizing individual expression within that rubric. In recognition of its fifty-year anniversary in 2013, the neighborhood voted to renew its founding charter. At its March 2018 town meeting, Lincoln approved formation of the Brown’s Wood Historic District.

Both Edward and Nancy Rawson and Ruth and Langdon Wales chose highly-regarded Lincoln Modern architect Henry B. Hoover to design their homes in Brown’s Wood. Known for sensitive siting of houses and impeccable design skills, Hoover took pride in finding architectural solutions that met multiple needs in an efficient manner. The single-floor designs of the Rawson and Wales Houses epitomizes Hoover’s approach to design. The open floor plans allow for both flow between spaces and privacy, and provide a strong sense of connection to the surrounding landscape. Carefully designed ancillary buildings help blend the volumes of the houses into the natural environment. The addition of the Rawson and Wales Houses brings the total number of homes in the Brown’s Wood Historic District to 13 and the total number of Modern homes in Lincoln’s two historic districts to 37.

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Rawson House and Wales House, henry b. Hoover, 1959