Exhibition




Arcadia/Suburbia: Architecture on Long Island, 19302010
January 16, 2010 - April 11, 2010





Herbert Beckhard
Beckhard House, Glen Cove. 1964.
Courtesy Ellie Beckhard.
Photograph by Nick Wheeler Frances Loeb Library, Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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Arcadia/Suburbia: Architecture on Long Island, 1930 - 2010 brings to light the impressive architectural history of Long Island over the past 80 years and underscores the role that Long Island has played in the broader development of Modernism and Post-Modernism in the US.  This exhibition charts the region's development from a largely agrarian society with a significant role as a leisure destination to a "mature" suburban culture through an examination of residential architecture ranging from the experimental and economic prototypes of the 1930s and 1940s to highly refined expressions of the Modernist esthetic in the 1950s and 1960s, ending with the more diverse buildings that were designed and built as the Modernist movement fractured in the subsequent decades.  The architects included form a pantheon of Modernism and Post-Modernism: Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher, Frank Lloyd Wright, Percival Goodman, Wallace Harrison, Edward Durrell Stone, Marcel Breuer, Jose Lluis Sert, Philip Johnson, John Hejduk, Paul Rudolph, Charles Moore, Robert Venturi, and Res4, among others.

This exhibition is curated by architectural historian Dr. Erik Neil and is supported with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency.  A major publication that includes essays relating to Modernism in both architecture and the fine arts, the latter the subject of the Heckscher's preceding show, Long Island Moderns:  Artists on the North Shore from Edward Steichen to Cindy Sherman, accompanies the exhibition.  The Long Island Moderns: Art and Architecture on the North Shore and Beyond catalogue is available for purchase - Members $25, Non-Members $30.  Visit the Museum or call 631.351.3250 for your copy.

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