Cleveland Goes Modern

The Cleveland Artists Foundation (CAF) in collaboration with the Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is organizing an exhibit and programs on mid-century modern residential architecture of northeast Ohio from 1930-1970. The exhibit and programming for Cleveland Goes Modern: Mid-Century Residential Architecture celebrates both the 150th anniversary of American Institute of Architects and the modern architectural pioneers of this area.

“Mid-century modern” architecture, especially homes, has become a hot topic nationwide. In this exhibit and programs, we discover the little-know examples of the movement in the Cleveland area, and explore their development and relationship to the furnishings, fine and decorative arts of the period.

The architects, living and dead, whose residential work will be represented have all been honored widely during their careers. They include J. Byers Hays, winner of national competitions in 1935 and 1955, Don Hisaka whose residence is the only regional winner of a national AIA Honor Award in the area, John Terence Kelly, whose first house was recognized in a 1950 Architectural Record, Robert A. Little, visionary architect of the modern community of Pepper Ridge Rd., Robert Madison who worked with him and mentored so many young architects, William Morris whose home was the only residence included in the 1964 Cleveland Museum of Art exhibit, Ernst Payer, whose more than tow dozen modern residential designs transformed the landscape of modern architecture, as well as Fred Toguchi, William Koster, Phil Hart and Jerry Weiss whose owners treasure their homes. The architects’ own homes were important starting points for a young Stephen Bucchieri, Richard Fleischman and Carl Droppers. Come to the exhibit, the discussions and house tours and learn much more. Most of these homes have not been seen before buy they are all around you.

The exhibit will open September 7, 2007 and will run through November 24, 2007. Programs are schedule on the third Thursdays of September, October, November at 6 pm at Beck Center for the Arts, 17801 Detroit Avenue. Programming will include house tours and an interactive website featuring educational curricula about architect ture in northeast Ohio made possible through a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Interviews of 26 architects and their perspective of Euclid Avenue were made possible with the assistance of the Euclid Corridor Oral History project under the supervisor of the History Department of Cleveland State University.

Cleveland-based artists, patrons and collectors founded the Cleveland Artists Foundation in 1984 and collectors to preserve, research, collect and exhibit the most significant visual art of the Northeast Ohio region.

Director, Cleveland Artists Foundation: Sharon Dean Ph.D.
Curatorial Team: Nina Gibans (Chair); James D. Gibans, FAIA; Anthony Hiti, AIA; William Busta (Curator of Exhibitions, Cleveland Artists Foundation).
Advisory Team: Robert Blatchford; George Dalton, AIA; Robert Gaede, FAIA; Gerald Herschman, AIA; Judson Kline, AIA; Robert Madison, FAIA; Norman Perttula, FAI;, Peter van Dijk, FAIA; family of Robert A. Little.

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