If you haven’t gone yet make this the week that you go to see the Modernism at Risk exhibit at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas.
This ominous-sounding exhibit highlights the work being done by the World Monuments Fund (“WMF”), through its Modernism at Risk initiative. This program was founded in 2006 to address the growing threats to modern buildings. Modern structures are subject to the same risks as aging structures – including neglect, inappropriate renovation, the effects of climate change and even demolition. However, as the WMF has found, public apathy, the lack of understanding that buildings of our own time can be important enough to be kept for the future, or that modern buildings might need the same care as older structures, may be the greatest challenge.
The establishment of its Modernism at Risk Initiative allows WMF to take a more active role in addressing the threats facing great works of modern architecture around the world. This program focuses on advocacy, conservation, and public education.
The exhibit at the Springs Preserve is part of the WMF’s efforts to raise public awareness regarding the risks facing modern architecture. It features large-scale photographs by noted photographer Andrew Moore and interpretative panels highlighting five case studies that explore the role architects and designers play in preserving modern landmarks at risk.
The exhibits last day is this Sunday, September 6, 2015, at the Big Springs Gallery, Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada.