The Detroit Area is home to some of the 20th Century’s most outstanding works of Modern design – and we are taking a week to celebrate it!
Events range from lectures on Modernism and interior design to tours of downtown Detroit architecture to the US DOCOMOMO Symposium.
The Detroit Area Art Deco Society is pleased to welcome Docomomo US and Docomomo US/Michigan 2016 National Symposium
Beyond Modernism? Moving the Recent Past Forward.
The two-day symposium will look at the diverging design and theory of the late 1970 and early 1980s through examining its leading architects and designers and their iconic architectural contributions. Beyond Modernism seeks to broaden the discussion and expand our understanding of how those examples fit into the discourse of modernism.
The 2016 Docomomo US National Symposium in Detroit features lectures by leading architectural historians, architects, educators and our first ever audience-interactive debate:Beyond Modernism? Lectures will take place in the Minoru Yamasaki designed McGregor Memorial Conference Centerand the DeRoy Auditorium Complex on the campus of Wayne State University. For an early look at the symposium details including tour locations, visit the schedule page of the website. Event registration including tour sign up is now available through the link below.
As the only national event working to explore and build consensus on the preservation of Modernism, the symposium will bring together world renowned designers, scholars, students, and professionals from the state of Michigan and from around the country.
Register now at: docomomo-us-symposium.com
A MODERN MARTINI HAPPY HOUR AT CENTAUR
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 4pm-7pm
CHARGE: MARTINIS ON YOUR OWN — FEATURING $5 MARTINIS
LOCATION: 2233 PARK AVE, DETROIT
Join your friends and toss back a special martini in celebration of Detroit
Modernism Week. Centaur takes you back to a period in time when going out was all about dressing in black and white. Enjoy this amazing Detroit treasure as you take in a vintage black and white film on the big screen. Join your friends and enjoy sipping on the famed Centaur Manhattan Martini.
CAPITOL PARK’S 1920s to 2016
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, TIME: 6pm – 8 pm
CHARGE: $5 Click here to Register.
LOCATION: DETROIT BIKES, 1212 GRISWOLD, DETROIT
Join tour guide Rebecca Binno Savage as we start our discussion at the newest bike shop downtown – Detroit Bikes at 1212 Griswold in Capitol Park for the start of the tour. We take a stroll around Capitol Park to hear about the new development projects, and especially the buildings from the Art Deco era. We then go up to the second floor of the Albert (1212 Griswold) to enjoy a refreshing frosty beverage and take an amazing view of Capitol Park on the Albert’s outdoor terrace.
TOUR DETROIT’S ART DECO GEM: THE GUARDIAN BUILDING
In celebration of Detroit Modernism Week we’re partnering with Pure Detroit. Pure Detroit, believes their mission is greater than being the favorite Detroit tee in your dresser drawer. Pure Detroit believes in re-investing in brick-&-mortar business throughout the city and adding to the cultural cache. That cultural cache part? That’s where these free tours of the Fisher & Guardian Buildings come into play.
GUARDIAN BUILDING TOUR
SATURDAY JUNE 11, 1pm, Free Click here to RSVP
The Guardian Building is a National Historic Landmark. See first hand the intricate design and exquisite detail of Wirt C. Rowland’s artistic achievement, including works by muralist Erza Winter, tile installations by Pewabic Pottery’s Mary Chase Stratton and sculpture by Corrado Parducci. The tour begins at our Pure Detroit shop in the retail promenade of the Guardian Building.
#TBT @ CLIFF BELL’S
THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 4pm – 7pm
CHARGE: FREE — 50¢ PINTS OF PBR BEGIN AT 4PM
LOCATION: 2030 PARK AVENUE, DETROIT
When’s the last time you bought a frosty cold PBR for just 50¢?
Join your friends for a quick easy one at one of Detroit’s best kept secrets and set yourself down at the bar and experience life just as it was meant to be. Welcome to Cliff Bell’s, where a truly unique dining and entertainment experience await you. As soon as you step through our doors, you’ll take a step back in time. The 1930’s charm of the lavish, art-deco interior will have your friends talking for hours.
“Entering Cliff Bell’s is like walking onto the set of a Fred Astaire film” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
DOCOMOMO OPENING RECEPTION
Join your hosts the Detroit Area Art Deco Society as we join the opening reception and welcome colleagues from around the world for the DOCOMOMO US Symposium.
THURSDAY, JUNE 9th, 6:15pm
CHARGE: $40 Click here to Register.
LOCATION: McGregor Memorial Conference Center
Michigan made everyday life modern. Its educational institutions trained generations of talented architects and designers. Its furniture manufacturers transformed homes and offices. Its auto industry designed and styled the cars that came to represent the American dream. Michigan architects defined an era. This first of two books culminates the Michigan Modern Project, a focused effort to study and evaluate Michigan’s role in the development of modernism.
Brian D. Conway is Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Officer. As State Historic Preservation Officer, Mr. Conway directs the division of the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, charged with the responsibility for the identification, registration, protection and development of historic properties throughout the state. The State Historic Preservation Office promotes the reuse of, and investment in, historic buildings. The State Historic Preservation Office initiated the Michigan Modern Project in 2009 with research, context development and identification of midcentury era resources. The rich story that evolved resulted in two major museum exhibitions, three national symposia, the NHL designation for three sites, numerous national register listings and two forthcoming books (fall 2016 and fall 2017).
Join us for Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America keynote and reception.
FILM PREMIER: PARDUCCI, THE MAN WHO MADE DETROIT BEAUTIFUL
SATURDAY, JUNE 11, TIME: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
CHARGE: $10 Click here to Register.
LOCATION: CCS: THE WENDELL W ANDERSON JR AUDITORIUM
Join the Detroit Area Art Deco Society as we closeout Detroit Modernism Week with our premier viewing of the Official 2016 FREEP Film Festival selection “Parducci, The Man Who Made Detroit Beautiful. When architectural sculptor Corrado Parducci arrived in Detroit in 1924, he left his fingerprints on hundreds of buildings during the building boom. Parducci’s story is of an Italian immigrant who overcomes hardships throughout his life, and without seeing notoriety for his work, becomes one of our country’s top architectural sculptors.
Special meet and greet with Documentary film Director Jack P. Johnson and film Producer Jennifer Baross immediately following the film.
Sponsored in partnership with the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, DC3.
2016 Events that have passed but we wanted to share with you.
BIKE DETROIT’S MOST MODERN NEIGHBORHOOD – PALMER PARK
THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 7pm-8:30pm
LOCATION: PALMER PARK POOL HOUSE, 910 MERRILL PLAISANCE ST, DETROIT
People for Palmer Park and the Detroit Area Art Deco Society will set out on bike to explore the history of Palmer Park and the history and artistry of the adjacent National Historic Register apartment district. Join fellow bicyclists on this fast paced ride by many of the midcentury architectural masterpieces along the route.
MIDCENTURY – YES PLEASE!
FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
CHARGE: FREE Click here to Register.
LOCATION: 3325 Orchard Lake Rd., Keego Harbor
Join the Detroit Area Art Deco Society as we breakout our famous Bubble Bar for a meet and greet with Le Shoppe Too hosts: Julie Sundberg, Deborah Slobin, Leslie Miller, and Rick Behar.
Enjoy a glass of bubbles as you preview Le Shoppe Too – metro Detroit’s newest and largest upscale consignment company highlighting the finest collection of unique and iconic 20th century furniture, fine art, home décor, lighting and glass collectibles.
Le Shoppe Too is home to a packed 17,000 square foot showroom and is the lovechild of their 4 partners who have worked many years in complimentary fields and owned Le Shoppe, and Managed Estates. Together, this showroom hosts their vintage consignment items, off site estate sales, auctions, special events and more.
Le Shoppe Too gives consignment shopping a twist. It is a departure from “we sell anything that can be consigned” by offering clients hand-picked, unique pieces collected from all over the world. Your hosts will be selecting their favorite Midcentury collectible to discuss why it’s their go to.
Join us at this beautiful showroom located on Orchard Lake Road just north of Commerce Road in the old House of Denmark building and find out what all the buzz is about.
FISHER BUILDING TOUR
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 1pm, FREE Click here to RSVP.
Learn intimate details of the Fisher Building as well as see firsthand the exquisite design and ornamentation of the interior arcade including one-of-a-kind mosaics, painted ceilings, Art Deco chandeliers and the finest craftsmanship in stone, brass and bronze. The tour will feature an extensive history of the building as well as a trip to the 19th floor for excellent photo opportunities.
BIKE DETROIT: A Midtown Ride with Preservation Detroit
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
CHARGE: FREE RSVP here to Register.
LOCATION: Preservation Detroit, 4735 Cass Ave, Detroit
Preservation Detroit has teamed up with Detroit Bikes! (the group, not the company) to offer a bike ride and tour throughout Detroit. This year we visit iconic modern masterpieces like the The McGregor Memorial Conference Center, Horace H. Rackham Educational Memorial Building, 160 West Fort – Former Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Detroit Branch and enjoy the Public Spaces of Isamu Noguchi: Detroit’s Hart Plaza. For safety and liability reasons, we ask that you do wear a helmet and to not use amplified music or whistles. The pace is leisurely to accommodate riders of all levels.
THE INS AND OUTS OF VINTAGE WEAR
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2:00 – 5:30pm
CHARGE: FREE Click here to Register.
LOCATION: 722 W. ELEVEN MILE RD., ROYAL OAK
Join the Detroit Area Art Deco Society as we breakout our famous Bubble Bar in celebration of all things vintage. Join Leah and her team as they open up their studio for a glass of bubbles and some one on one vintage advice. Leah’s Closet is in their second year of presenting the fashion show at the annual Michigan Modernism Exposition.
Detroiter’s love the selection, prices and especially Leah. Leah might even manage to get you to try on things you just wouldn’t have looked at and she always right!
This just might be your new favorite place to shop for vintage!
ENJOY A MODERN DIALOG WITH TOM VERWEST
Hosted by our friends at Scott Shuptrine and Detroit Area Art Deco Society
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 6:30pm-8:30pm – CANCELED
LOCATION: 32301 WOODWARD AVENUE, ROYAL OAK
Interior Designer and prominent collector of 20th century design, Tom Verwest likes to think of himself as unpretentious, spending his efforts to deliver value to the client. His approach is always to deliver quality design, unique products, and an ability to blend modern day furnishings with vintage pieces.
A veteran of the design business, and member of the Detroit Area Art Deco Society pared with his modern esthetic, Tom’s award winning work has been extensively published throughout his 25-year career. Tom has an uncanny ability to see a project through his client’s eyes. This year Tom will be discussion the interior space plan for the newly renovated Caucus Club of Detroit.