Architecture Movie Series Presents “Modern Tide”

The TMH/Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series continues with midcentury architecture on Long Island.

October 22, 2012 (Cary, NC) — Triangle Modernist Houses’ Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series continues on Thursday, November 8, at 7:30 p.m. with a special screening of “Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island.”

“Modern Tide” is a new independent documentary that explores the work of the region’s best post-war architects and designers, including Albert Frey, Wallace Harrison, Frank Lloyd Wright, Horace Gifford, Edward Durell Stone, Marcel Breuer, Andrew Geller, Philip Johnson, Charles Gwathmey, Barbara and Julian Neski, and others.

The film features interviews with architects and historians, as well as friends, families and clients of these influential designers. Both rare archival material and current-day cinematography highlight Long Island’s Modernist architectural treasures.

In an article about the film, ArchDaily.com writes: “After WWII, the East End of Long Island played host to a variety of architectural styles.  From modernism, through post-modernism, and deconstructionism, architects experimented with social ideas and aesthetic expressions, which culminated in ‘small’ houses scattered about the Island’s natural backdrop. Now, with the advent of the mega-mansion and the desire for ‘bigger,’ it is becoming increasingly difficult to preserve such iconic and progressive architectural projects.”

Yet 20th century modern residential architecture by top architects and designers is being systematically deleted from Long Island’s cultural landscape. “This rich asset is disappearing,” says director Jake Gorst. “We believe the film will foster renewed awareness and appreciation for Long Island’s remaining modernist structures and its unique architectural history.”

In situ studio is sponsoring this special screening.  Modern Home Auction, Go Realty, The Kitchen Specialist, and Carrington Electric LLC, and VMZinc, as well as Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, are sponsoring the entire series.

Admission is $9 per person per film, available at the door each night. TMH Mod Squad members are admitted free. Proceeds benefit TMH’s ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion programs.

To see the entire series line-up, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/movies. The Galaxy Cinema is located at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard (www.mygalaxycinema.com; 919-463-9959).

To view a trailer of “Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island,” go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/movies.

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit www.trianglemodernisthouses.com

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NCMH Architecture Movie Series Ends with Philip Johnson Film

A look at the life and legacy of a great American architect.

March 6, 2012 (Cary, NC) – North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) will conclude the 2011-2012 Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series with “Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect” on Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Galaxy Cinema in Cary.

One of the best-known and most influential American architects of the 20th century, Philip Johnson, FAIA (1906-2005) founded the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1930. It was there that he and friends Alfred H. Barr, Jr. and Henry-Russell Hitchcock assembled the landmark exhibition “The International Style: Architecture Since 1922″ in 1932. The show introduced the American public to the modern architecture that Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, and others were designing in Europe.

In 1978 Johnson was awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal, the highest honor the AIA confers, as well as the first-ever Pritzker Architecture Prize to honor an architect of international stature.

A few of Johnson’s most famous projects include Minneapolis’s IDS Tower, the Crystal Cathedral megachurch in Southern California, the AT&T Building in Manhattan, and his own Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, where he died in his sleep in 2005. (The Glass House is now open to the public.)

Directed by Barbara Wolf, the film “depicts Johnson at work, the importance of the architectural act, and the buildings’ interaction with their environment,” according to Design Intelligence (di.net/videos).

Lee Hansley Gallery is sponsoring this special screening of “Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect.” Sponsors for the entire TMH Architecture Movie Series include Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, Dail Dixon FAIA, Studio B Architecture/BuildSense, Modern Home Auction, Cherry Modern, Kontek, and Alphin Design+Build.

Tickets to the film are $9. The Galaxy Cinema is located at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard, Cary, NC 27511 (919-463-9989).

Hosted by North Carolina Modernist Houses, the annual Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series features hard-to-find films about Modernist architects and architecture. Films are shown one Thursday of each month from October through March. All proceeds from ticket sales support Triangle Modernist Houses’ mission of documenting, preserving and promoting Modernist residential design from the 1950s to today. For more information on the award-winning non-profit organization, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

 

The NCMH/Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series Presents “God’s Architects”

A documentary celebrating five men who create their own architectural worlds.

February 8, 2011 (Cary, NC) — North Carolina Modernist Houses continues the 2011-2012 Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series this month with a special screening of “God’s Architects,” a moving documentary that studies and celebrates five solitary designer/builders from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The film will be shown Thursday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Cary’s Galaxy Cinema.

Created by young filmmaker Zach Godshall, the documentary details how and why these five men, who operate without funding or blueprints and completely unknown to each other, dedicate their lives to create architectural worlds drawn from nothing more than their imagination.

“I think I was initially attracted to these guys because they are working without blueprints, without funding and really going off what they felt was intuition or inspiration,” Godshall says, “and to me that was an inspiring situation to be in.”  The young filmmaker says he learned a lot while working with these self-taught builders. “These guys really do bare their hearts in this movie. They’re very genuine, and I think it comes across, and people feel that.”

Rusty Long Architect is sponsoring this special screening of “God’s Architects.” Sponsors for the entire NCMH Architecture Movie Series include Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, Dail Dixon FAIA, Studio B Architecture/BuildSense, Modern Home Auction, Cherry Modern, Kontek, and Alphin Design+Build.

Tickets to the film are $9. The Galaxy Cinema is located at 770 Cary Towne Boulevard, Cary, NC  27511 (919-463-9989).

Hosted by North Carolina Modernist Houses, the Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series features hard-to-find films about Modernist architects and architecture. Films are shown one Thursday of each month from October through March. For a complete list of upcoming films, to buy advance tickets, and to see a trailer of upcoming films, go to www.ncmodernist.org/movies.

All proceeds from ticket sales support North Carolina Modernist Houses’ mission of documenting, preserving and promoting Modernist residential design from the 1950s to today. For more information on the award-wining organization, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

NCMH Announces 2011-2012 Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series

Season tickets are now available.

September 12, 2011 (Cary, NC) – North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), the award-winning non-profit organization that documents, preserves, and promotes Modernist residential architecture, has announced the 2011-2012 Nowell’s Architecture Movie Series starting in October and running through March at the Galaxy Cinema in Cary.

This season’s dates and films about architecture are:

  • October 20 — Rem Koolhaas, A Kind of Architect, “an engaging portrait of a visionary man that takes us to the heart of his ideas.”
  • November 17 — The Birds Nest, a documentary about the famous and controversial National Stadium for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
  • December 15 — Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture, an in-depth look the architect as an artist “and what he tried so hard to do for American architecture.”
  • January 19 — How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?, a new film that “traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster, and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design.”
  • February 16 — God’s Architects, a documentary by young filmmaker Zak Godshall “that studies and celebrates five solitary designer/builders from Arkansas, California, Louisiana and Mississippi.”
  • March 15 — Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect, a film that “shows the human side of Johnson and how his extraordinary life shaped his rich architectural legacy.”

Trailers and more information on each film are available at www.ncmodernist.org/movies.

This marks the third year NCMH has organized and hosted the architectural movie series, which is primarily sponsored by Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture. Other sponsors are: Kontek Systems, Alphin Design Build, Cherry Modern, Modern Home Auction, Dail Dixon FAIA, Studio B Architecture, Eidelon Designs, Hanbury Preservation Consulting, Rusty Long Architect, Lee Hansley Gallery, and Blueplate PR.

“You might be surprised to know that we’re rapidly becoming the center for date night.  Whether people have known each other two days or 20 years, our movies are a guaranteed home run: entertaining yet thought–provoking, an audience with similar interests, great popcorn, and lots of door prizes!” says George Smart, NCMH Board Chair.

All movies start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $9 but season tickets are only $29, representing almost a 50 percent savings. Advance tickets, including season tickets, are available at www.ncmodernist.org/movies. Proceeds benefit NCMH’s ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion programs.

Preservation NC, Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture To Host “Thirst 4 Architecture” Happy Hour

August’s networking event brings design and preservation enthusiasts together.

August 15, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Preservation North Carolina and Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture join with Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH) to host this month’s TMH “Thirst4Architecture” happy hour on Thursday, August 25, from 6-8 p.m. in Nowell’s at 900 E. Chatham Street, Cary, NC.

These informal monthly events are free and open to architects, artists, designers, interior designers, realtors, engineers, contractors, property investors, building managers, Modernist homeowners, materials and furniture dealers “or anyone with a huge crush on great architecture,” said TMH founder and director George Smart.  Nowell’s will provide refreshments as well as live music by Third Expression.

Jerry Nowell, the owner of Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture, has long been a strong supporter of TMH, including the Nowell’s annual architecture film series.

Preservation North Carolina (PNC), North Carolina’s only private, nonprofit, statewide preservation organization, has also supported the TMH mission since the organization was established in 2007.

“Our first preservation easement on a mid-century modern houses was the [1948] Kamphoefner House in 1996,” said Myrick Howard, president of PNC. “But for that easement, that house would now be history. We share Triangle Modernist House’s enthusiasm for structures that serve as excellent examples of the Modernist movement and hope to continue to protect them through educational and entertaining events like Thirst4Architecture.”

“Thirst 4Architecture” events are intended to build relationships, generating passion about good design, creating strategic alliances, and connect people, according to Smart. “It’s all interaction. There are no presentations or PowerPoint slides,” he said. “Come enjoy the refreshments, the music by Third Expression, enter for door prizes, and make new friends and contacts. We’re delighted to have Nowell’s and PNC in on the fun, and the mission, with us.”

For more information on “Thirst4Architecture” events, go to www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/t4a.

For more information on Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture and to get directions to the store, go to www.nowellsfurniture.com.

For more information on Preservation NC, visit www.presnc.org.

About Preservation North Carolina:

Since 1939, PNC has protected and promoted hundreds of buildings and landscapes important to the diverse heritage of North Carolina. As North Carolina’s only private, nonprofit statewide preservation organization, PNC protects historic properties by identifying, purchasing and reselling them through its highly effective Endangered Properties Program. It also promotes preservation through its stewardship properties, educational programs, public recognition program, DVDs and publications. PNC is supported through the generosity of nearly 5,000 members. Members receive a magazine, which features properties available for rehabilitation and articles of interest. Join PNC and make North Carolina a better place for present and future generations. For more information: www.presnc.org.

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