FocusOn: Architecture

The Library’s first FocusOn series will explore architecture from a historical, artistic, technological, and mechanical perspective. Tying into the Children’s Summer Reading theme, Build a Better World, FocusOn: Architecture will engage patrons of all ages. MoMA led lectures will stimulate intellectually curious adults and interactive, hands-on programs will charm younger patrons with architecture’s capacity for creativity and innovation.

FocusOn is a Greenwich Library initiative to use its deep programming resources to further explore a single topic – leveraging traditional Library books and materials with events, lectures, and hands-on workshops to enrich patrons’ understanding of various subjects.

This summer, patrons will learn more about legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright and about architecture on a broader scale. Patrons can use free Library MoMA museum passes for up to five people per visit to explore the topic further by visiting the Frank Llyod Wright exhibit in New York. Passes are available at the Returns Desk. FocusOn: Architecture includes the following nine events taking place from June 17 – September 7:

Lecture: ‘Color in Ancient Greek Sculpture’

On Saturday, June 17 at 2:00 pm at the Byram Shubert Library, join us for a lecture that will take a closer look at the use of color in Greek Sculpture and Architectural Sculpture, through new evidence including studies to reimagine the appearance of sculptures and how they were perceived in antiquity. Presented by Katherine Schwab, professor at Fairfield University. This program is in association with Archaeological Associates of Greenwich.

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MoMA Lecture: Unity Temple and Beth Shalom from Frank Lloyd Wright at 150

On Thursday, June 29 at 7:00 pm, Molleen Theodore, Associate Curator of Programs at the Yale University Art Gallery, will discuss MoMA’s exhibition ‘Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive’ (Curated by Barry Bergdoll). This lecture will focus on two landmark buildings, the Unity Temple (19050 1908) and the Beth Shalom Synagogue (1953).

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Photocollage Workshop for Kids

On Saturday, July 22 at 2:00 pm, children ages 6+ are invited to join artist Michael Albert for a photocollage workshop. Using world landmark/building photos, Michael will teach participants to create their own collage. Materials and the photos are provided. Recommended registration begins July 1. Space limited to 30 children.

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How to Appreciate Architecture

On Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm, Architect Michael Tribe will discuss how public and private buildings are designed and built to fit their local environment and cultural ethos and embody the principles of sustainability. Tribe was the chief architect responsible for the expansion of the Byram Shubert Library.

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MoMA Lecture: Usonian Homes from Frank Lloyd Wright at 150

On Thursday, August 3 at 7:00 pm, Molleen Theodore, Associate Curator of Programs at the Yale University Art Gallery, will discuss MoMA’s exhibition ‘Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive’ (Curated by Barry Bergdoll). This lecture will focus Usonian Homes.

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ArchForKids: Castle Creation Workshop

On Thursday, June 29 at 4:00 pm, ArchForKids presents a fun, fast-paced introduction for children ages 6+ to the tools, strategies, and work of architects. All the materials will be provided. Recommended registration begins June 12th. Space is limited to 30 children.

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ArchforKids: Waterfront Park Design Workshop

On Saturday, July 15 at 11:00 am, ArchForKids presents a fun, fast-paced introduction to the tools, strategies, and work of architects for children ages 6+. Design a park for a shoreline, adding landscaping, pathways, a playground, bridges and more. All the materials will be provided. Recommended registration begins June 12th. Space is limited to 30 children.

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Design a House: 3D Printing Workshop

On Wednesday, July 26 at 4:00 pm, join MacInspires in this two-hour introductory workshop into the world of 3D printing. Kids ages 9+, will be acquainted with 3D printers and then use software to create a house of their own design. It can look like their own home or a home of the future! The Library will then print out each design using the 3D printer and students can pick up their models at a later date. Registration required and begins on July 10.

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ArchforKids: Fun with Facades Workshop

On Thursday, August 10 at 4:00 pm, ArchForKids presents a fun, fast-paced introduction to the tools, strategies, and work of architects for children ages 6+. All materials will be provided to recreate the local facades of buildings in our Greenwich community. Recommended registration begins August 1. Space is limited to 30 children.

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Art Opening: Memory of Place

On Thursday, September 7 at 6:00 pm, join us for the opening of the Flinn Gallery exhibition, Memory of Place with artists Thomas Doyle & Frank Poor. In singular ways both reference notions of landscape, geography, and architecture.

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MoMA Museum Pass

Greenwich Library offers passes to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY. Passes provide free admission and priority entrance for the cardholder and four guests. No tickets required—simply present the card to be scanned in the Museum Lobby. The use of this pass includes free tickets to MoMA film screenings. Greenwich Library copies are kept at Main Returns Desk.

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