Design Within Reach and the Recent Past Preservation Network
to host the first “Misfits of Modernism” Architectural Reception
Proceeds to benefit the preservation of Richard Neutra’s 1961 Cyclorama Center at Gettysburg.
WHERE: Design Within Reach -- Adams Morgan Studio
1838 Columbia Rd., NW , Washington, D.C.
Phone: 202.265.5640 | Fax: 202.265.5644
WHEN: Friday, November 4, 2005, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
ENJOY: Food and drink while you peruse items for sale in our silent auction
SEE: A “three-dimensional” slide show featuring images of the Cyclorama Center
HEAR: Three top reasons to save modern buildings and some great live music
TAKE HOME: A free copy of the Summer 2005 issue of Modernism Magazine
Modern buildings need your support! MiMo will showcase the brilliant, but largely unrecognized, works of historic modern architecture and landscape design in D.C. and its surrounds.
The event will focus on the recent listing of Richard Neutra’s Gettysburg Cyclorama Center on the World Monuments Fund’s Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites. The 1961 Cyclorama Center, a modernist Cold War-era homage to Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address, is slated for demolition by the federal government as part of a landscape redevelopment. Additional endangered works by Cesar Pelli, Mies van der Rohe, I.M. Pei, Lawrence Halprin and others will be featured in presentations by local preservation advocates. Speakers include Isabelle Gournay of the University of Maryland, historian Carrie Albee, and representatives from the World Monuments Fund and the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Suzanne McLees, DWR Studio Proprietor, enthusiastically joined in the effort to save Neutra’s Cyclorama Center. “We will pull out all the stops here,” at the Adams Morgan Studio, one of the newest to open under the DWR banner. The event will feature a photo and book sale, a show of three-dimensional photography by artist Boris Starosta, and free copies of the Summer 2005 issue of Modernism Magazine, featuring an in-depth story on the Cyclorama Center and efforts to save it from demolition. We are also sponsoring a silent auction of truly “mod” items, including a vintage Charles & Ray Eames Molded Plywood Leg Splint (donated by Lucia Eames), a Case Study Wire Side Chair (donated by Modernica), and a Russel Wright Spun Copper Flare Vase (donated by HK Designs, LLC).
All net proceeds will benefit efforts to save the Cyclorama Center. Presentations to begin at 7 p.m. Food and drink provided. Jazz quartet Elephant Minus, a newcomer to the Charlottesville, Virginia, music scene, will be playing live. The community is welcome at this event, which is free and open to the public.
RSVP’s requested at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-265-5640.
THE 411: More information is available at www.recentpast.org
Chris Madrid French
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