‘Modernism at Risk’ illustrates the importance of preserving and protecting modern design and landmarks. The exhibition, which opened at the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, includes large-scale photographs by Andrew Moore and five case studies on the role designers play in preserving modern landmarks.
Five buildings that are highlighted in the exhibition are:
The ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau, Germany, designed by Hannes Meyer and Hans Wittwer and winner of the 2008 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize.
The A. Conger Goodyear House in Old Westbury, NY, designed by Edward Durell Stone and saved from demolition by WMF in 2001.
The Kent Memorial Library in Suffield, CT, designed by Warren Platner.
The Zonnestraal Sanatorium in Hilversum, The Netherlands, designed by Johannes Duiker and Bernard Bijvoet and winner of the 2010 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize.
The exhibition also features the Riverview High School in Sarasota, FL, designed by Paul Rudolph, and the Grosse Pointe Public Library in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI, designed by Marcel Breuer, both of which appeared on the 2008 World Monument's Watch, an annual listing of modernist buildings at risk.
Since the exhibition's debut in 2009, it has travelled to the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL; The Art Institute of Tampa Gallery in Tampa, FL; the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach in Palm Beach, FL; the Nantucket Preservation Trust in Nantucket, MA; the AIA New York Center for Architecture in New York, NY; the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning in Salt Lake City, UT; the University of Montreal in Montreal, QC Canada; the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Ann Arbor, MI; and the Lund University School of Architecture in Lund, Sweden.
The exhibition will be on display through February 22 at the Cornell University's John Hartell Gallery, located at 29 Sibley Dome in Ithaca, New York.
The exhibition was organized by the World Monuments Fund (WMF) and is sponsored by Knoll.