January 15, 2015
By Jane King Hession
All images are courtesy of the Ralph Rapson Papers (N187), Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.
 
When it debuted in 1963, the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre put Minneapolis on the national cultural map and ushered in a new era in American regional theater. The opening night performance of Hamlet by the talented repertory company riveted the audience, but the Guthrie’s new modern building dazzled as well. Designed by architect Ralph Rapson, it was like nothing anyone had seen before. 
 
Photo (left): The Tyrone Guthrie Theatre with original screen. Photograph by Warren Reynolds.
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Modernism for the Masses: Richard Neutra's Drive-In Church image

Join Docomomo US and Docomomo US/SoCal on Saturday, January 31st from 1:00 – 4:00 PM for a special afternoon tour, lecture, and reception at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. The focus of the event will be Richard Neutra's 1961 Arboretum and 1968 Tower of Hope. Restoration of the Arboretum won a Docomomo US Modernism in America Award Citation of Merit in 2014. Tickets for the lecture, tour, and reception are $25 for Docomomo US members and $30 for non-members. Limited quantities of the Michael Murphy designed poster and postcards will be available exclusively the day of the event. 


Saturday, January 31, 2015 5:00PM
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January 15, 2015
By Meredith Arms Bzdak
 
The twentieth century brought new forms of drama and successive waves of technological advancement to the world of theatre. Architecturally, by mid-century, it also brought experimentation. The theatres and performing arts spaces designed and built in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s represent a range of Modern styles, from Neo-Expressionism to Brutalism. By definition, many of these theatres are now historic, having reached fifty years of age. Some have been recognized for their outstanding historical or architectural significance (Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House, completed in 1973, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007) and a handful are world renowned as important cultural landscapes (New York City’s own Lincoln Center), but many more are misunderstood or underappreciated. In fact, pieces of this heritage are increasingly threatened. 
 
Photo (left): The Morris Mechanic Theater in Baltimore, Maryland
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