The Getty Conservation Institute Presents Building Seagram with Architect Phyllis Lambert

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Lambert speaks about managing the Seagram Building project, and gives insight into the working relationship between Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson


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Los Angeles – Architect Phyllis Lambert, recognized internationally for her contributions to advancing contemporary architecture and urban conservation, offers a detailed assessment of the design and construction process and the Seagram Building's cultural legacy in Building Seagram, at 7pm on Tuesday, April 8, at the Getty Center. This event is presented as part of the Getty Conservation Institute's Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative, which seeks to advance the practice of conserving twentieth-century heritage.

Located in the heart of New York City, the Seagram Building epitomizes the principles of sleek modernism in architecture. Designed by famed architect Mies van der Rohe and completed in 1958, the 38-story building on Park Avenue set a standard for the modern skyscraper. The Seagram building’s lighting, Four Seasons Restaurant, and Seagram Company executive offices were designed by architect Philip Johnson.

Join Phyllis Lambert as she provides an unprecedented personal history of her experience managing the Seagram Building project, as well as of the working relationship between Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson. Lambert's lecture also will focus on the ongoing stewardship and conservation of the Seagram building.

Lambert's recently published book, Building Seagram (Yale University Press, 2013), delves into the history of the Seagram Building (1954–58), as well as the culture of post-WWII design, including the significant role corporate patronage played in the era's real estate development, and of the Seagram project's substantial role in shaping landmark legislation and zoning laws in New York City.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Phyllis Lambert, architect, is Founding Director Emeritus of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montréal, Québec, an international research center and museum founded in 1979. She is recognized internationally for her contribution in advancing contemporary architecture, together with her concern for the social issues of urban conservation and the role of architecture in the public realm. Lambert holds an M.S. in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. She also is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Building Seagram is presented at 7pm on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in the Museum Lecture Hall at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Tickets are free; reservations are recommended. Visit www.getty.edu to make reservations, or call (310) 440-7300. Parking is $10 after 5 PM.

Image: The Seagram Building, New York. Image courtesy of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Photograph by Ezra Stoller © Esto.  


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 The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs serve a varied audience from two locations: the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.

The Getty Conservation Institute works internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts—broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. The Institute serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the GCI focuses on the creation and delivery of knowledge that will benefit the professional conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the GCI focuses on the creation and delivery of knowledge that will benefit the professionals and organizations responsible for the conservation of the world's cultural heritage.

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