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"A Design Revolution: The Harvard 5 in New Canaan"

To five Harvard School of Design alumni, New Canaan, CT was the perfect environment to experiment with design and architecture based on the ideals, ingenuity, and intellect of the Bauhaus. $15 (1 hr)
Category: @Annenberg Theater, AIA Continuing Education, Film, Presentation, Talk, JUST ADDED



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In the face of a pandemic, the world has been turned upside down and we are left asking: How do we want to live now? What do we really need to live happily and efficiently? Many people are asking these questions today…the same ones that fueled five Harvard School of Design alumni when they came to New Canaan, Connecticut after World War II.

"The Harvard 5”--Eliot Noyes, Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, Landis Gores, and John Johansen -- arrived eager to experiment with design and architecture based on the ideals, ingenuity, and intellect of the Bauhaus. Along with numerous other architects and designers like John Black Lee, Edward Durrell Stone, Jens Risom, and Frank Lloyd Wright, they reassessed priorities for living in post-war America and redefined architecture, furniture, and design.

The Harvard 5 inspired a design revolution in this unsuspecting, conservative, colonial town...forever changing the landscape and history of New Canaan. With over 120 modern structures built during the mid-20th century, including Johnson’s signature Glass House that is preserved as a museum, this town is now a top destination for modern enthusiasts.  

Filmmaker Devon Chivvis grew up in the very last house that Eliot Noyes designed in New Canaan, CT while her mother was raised in one of his first iconic homes. According to Devon, growing up “modern” was —simply put-- normal, but as an adult storyteller, she realizes just how different her upbringing was, not only because of her family’s unique home, but also by being raised in a "modernist lifestyle”. Devon is fundraising for a feature documentary about this topic, which she feels is now more relevant than ever. This presentation will include a special screening of the documentary trailer.

This event qualifies for 1 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU).


Things to Know

This event is for ages 12 and older.
Local covid restrictions in effect at the time of the presentation will be respected.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location 

Annenberg Theater,  Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: 
Photo: Ben Schnall / Marcel Breuer Papers, Syracuse University Library, Julien Jerry, photographer

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