October 9, 2015 through March 20, 2016
Stimulated by thinking at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, modern architecture shaped the landscape of Cambridge and Boston's western suburbs from the 1930s to the 1960s and beyond. Architects such as Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Henry Hoover experimented with modern design, new materials, and innovative technology, creating buildings that fluidly interacted with outdoor space and took advantage of scenic views in the former farmlands of Concord, Lincoln, and Lexington.
Middlesex County Modern, an innovative exhibition organized by the Concord Museum, will explore the development of modern architecture in this region and its impact on design, the community, and the environment. The exhibition will focus on local communities such as Conantum in Concord and iconic buildings such as Gropius House in Lincoln, as well as key agents in the spread of modern architecture, including the Harvard Graduate School of Design, The Architects’ Collaborative (TAC), and Design Research, architect Ben Thompson’s “lifestyle store.” Accompanied by a rich menu of public programs for all ages, the exhibition seeks to enhance the dialogue about modern architecture in Middlesex County and strengthen advocacy and preservation efforts. The exhibition is on view October 9, 2015 through March 20, 2016.
Above image: Rocking chair (RAR), Charles & Ray Eames, designed 1948-50, Private Collection. Photograph by David Bohl.