Summer Events with Modernism at Risk Exhibit

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Last month, May kicked off NPF’s first event of the summer with our inaugural Home Tour. By all measures, the event was a resounding success, thanks to our wonderful Program Committee members, volunteers and tour participants. The tour saw a little over 175 participants make their way through 15 mid-century homes in the downtown, Paradise Palms and McNeil Estates residential areas and helped to raise over $5,000 in ticket sales. The profits will help further NPF’s mission of preserving historic architecture in Nevada through community outreach, educational programming and historic designation assistance. 

Next, NPF is gearing up for a summer full of preservation fun and education as we partner with World Monuments Fund (WMF) and Springs Preserve  to bring the exhibit Modernism at Risk to Las Vegas. The exhibit will be hosted by Springs Preserve in the Origen Museum, running July 3rd through September 6th. World Monuments Fund is a New York based organization whose mission is to preserve the world’s architectural heritage of significant monuments, buildings, and sites through advocacy, conservation and public education. The Modernism at Risk Exhibit travels the country, helping WMF spread their message for architectural preservation of modernist structures. 

The exhibit is an international look at modernist architecture around the world and the common threats these types of buildings share today. Many people don’t think of modern buildings as having the same historical value as buildings of the early 20th century and prior, which leads to public apathy towards the preservation of modern structures. This common attitude puts modern buildings at a high risk of neglect, inappropriate retrofits and destruction. Furthermore, the very qualities that make them modern: innovative technologies, experimental materials, and novel design make preservation efforts of these buildings unique, focused and somewhat specialized. The exhibit focuses on bringing knowledge of these obstacles to the public and showcases several successful cases around the world. Don’t forget to stop by Springs Preserve this summer to check out this wonderful exhibit! 

US Bank, Charleston Blvd.To help ground this exhibit in our Las Vegas landscape, NPF and Springs Preserve are bringing you two additional programming events to further dissect the issues of modern preservation. Air, Light and Utopia: The Modern Movement in Architecture is a feature film that examines the Modern Movement in architecture, from its emergence after World War I until World War II. Combines interviews with leading architects, historians, and conservationists with location footage from all over Europe. The first half, “The Utopian Dream,” explores the movement’s origins and ideology, spotlighting the Bauhaus in Germany, Le Corbusier in France, the Functionalists in Holland, and the Constructivists in Russia. The second half, “Air & Light for All,” traces the movement’s growth and spread, emphasizing the influence of the social climate and political environment of the interwar years upon building design.

Registration starts Friday June 5th. Event date is Saturday July 18th.  Visit the Event page to register. 

The second event will be a short film fest and panel discussion, focusing on googie style architecture and modernist buildings here in Las Vegas. Gaga for Googie: Futurist Architecture Then, Now and Beyond will be a series of short films displaying googie architecture in the American West and depicting some of the transformations these types of buildings have undergone over the past fifty plus years. Panel members will be announced within the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more info, and in the meantime, don’t forget to register!

Registration starts Friday June 5th. Event date is Saturday August 22nd. Visit the Event page to register. 

Mark the dates on your calendar and escape the heat this summer with NPF, Springs Preserve and the Modernism at Risk exhibit!

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