Alexandra Lange
Architecture & design critic
July 22

Uncovering the Fantasy and Magic of Alexander Girard

One-day symposium in conjunction with the exhibition, Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe.

Join us for a fascinating examination of one of the most influential, yet overlooked, designers of modernism in America, Alexander Girard. Historian Deborah Kawsky will introduce us to Girard’s Detroit days—from his modern design shop in Grosse Pointe to the architecture of his lesser known residences. Curbed architecture critic Alexandra Lange will discuss Girard’s uncanny ability to bring structure to seemingly disparate things, from found artifacts to city streetscapes. Curator Monica Obniski will look at Girard’s prescient collection and use of folk art as an inspiration and antidote to modern design. A moderated discussion and question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.

1PM to 4PM, Cranbrook Art Museum deSalle Auditorium, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Free with museum admission.

July 10

Mid-Century Japanese American Designers

This program, held as part of Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia, looks at the role of Japanese American designers in mid-century American design and architecture.

Lynnette Widder, Curator, Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia
Ken Oshima, Professor, Department of Architecture, the University of Washington
Mira Nakashima, Furniture Designer
Alexandra Lange, architecture critic

6PM, Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, Manhattan.
Free for AIA members and students with valid ID; $10 for general public.

May 2

Off the Page: Vital Little Plans

In honor of Jane Jacobs’s 101st birthday, join Alexandra Lange, architecture critic for Curbed, for a conversation with Samuel Zipp, Professor of American Studies and Urban Studies at Brown University, and writer and curator Nathan Storring about Jacobs’ powerful evolving legacy as an urban thinker and activist. Zipp and Storring are the co-editors of a new, previously-uncollected collection of Jacob’s writings and talks called Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs (Penguin Random House, 2016).

Reception and book signing to follow.

6:30PM, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.
$15 | $10 for Museum members.

Dec 8, 2016

New York’s Cultural Infrastructure: Branch Libraries

With the arrival of digital publishing and storage technologies, libraries have shifted away from being central sources of information to public meeting spaces and key cultural destinations. Explore why public libraries remain integral to New York City’s cultural infrastructure in a conversation between architectural photographer Elizabeth Felicella and architecture critic Alexandra Lange of Curbed.

Felicella’s eight-year project photographing all 210 NYC public library branches resulted in more than 2,000 photographs, and culminated in the Center for Architecture’s current exhibition Reading Room: A Catalog of New York City’s Branch Libraries.

6PM, The Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, Manhattan.
Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members.

Sep 30, 2016

2016 Symposium: Foundations and Futures

Exhibit Columbus is an annual exploration of architecture, art, design, and community with programming that alternates between symposium and exhibition years. It seeks to celebrate Columbus’ design heritage, while making it relevant to new audiences.

The 2016 Symposium, “Foundations and Futures,” brings together presenters who are international experts in design, art, and architectural history, community members that built and maintain many of the landmarks around the city, and manufacturing and fabrication leaders. There will be discussions with all ten of the finalists in the J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize Competition.

I will be speaking at a morning session titled, “Modern Art + Life,” with scholars including Jochen Eisenbrand, Marleen Newman, Ron Henderson and Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen. My presentation is on modern design and modern schools; others will speak about the legacy of Alexander Girard, Harry Weese and Kevin Roche in Columbus.

September 30, 2016, 9AM, Columbus Area Visitors Center, Columbus, IN.
$35 / day, $10 students.

Feb 11, 2016

Culture of Modernism

While the Boston region was home to a number of large modernist projects, it was also an area that brought the zeitgeist of the movement to stores and museums. Kitchen utensils, fabrics, and furniture brought modern interiors to the average consumer and exhibitions and the cultural spaces made modernism part of the cutting edge scene.

A panel discussion with Alexandra Lange, Jane Thompson and Michael Kubo, part of a four-part series on Modernism. MHS is pleased to be working with our nonprofit partners, the Concord Museum and DoCoMoMo-New England, on this series.

February 11, 2016, 6PM, Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA.