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Houston Mod Endangered Modern Exhibit Opens July 9


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Houston Mod presents its 4th architectural exhibition entitled Endangered Modern: The Real Story.

The exhibit will open with a public reception on July 9, 2009 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. It will be held at the galleries of the Houston AIA / Architecture Center Houston, 315 Capital #120 and will run through August 28, 2009.

The exhibit aims to create a greater understanding of the threats to architecturally significant structures that ultimately lead to their destruction and loss.

Nearly a dozen significant modern architectural landmarks that face potential demolition or destruction are detailed with both historic information and current photographs.

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The exhibit is open for two more weeks. It is open until 5:00 PM Monday - Thursday and until 3:00 PM on Fridays.

The only remaining opportunity to see the exhibit after 5:00 PM will be this Thursday, August 20th, when it will be open from 7:00 PM to about 8:30 PM.

The Thursday evening opening follows the Authors in Architecture discussion of Houston Mod's new book about the early modern houses of William Jenkins. The book discussion takes place at the Central Library, 500 McKinney, at 6:00 PM on Thursday. At about 6:50 we will walk to the AIA gallery, located at 315 Capitol, to see the exhibit and for the book signing. The AIA will be providing food and refreshments.

There is a large and beautiful color exhibit brochure available that gives background information on each display in the exhibit and what you can do to help save these endangered modern buildings. Original Astrodome bumper stickers are available for a $5.00 donation to Houston Mod. The William Jenkins book is also available at the exhibit for $20.00.

Following are some photos of the exhibit taken at the opening:

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This evening is the time of the book and exhibit event mentioned above.

Houston Mod hopes you all can attend.

The big news to add to the above post is Lisa Gray, columnist from the Houston Chronicle, will give a presentation during the exhibit portion of tonight's event.

Lisa Gray is also a member of the Chronicle editorial board (which means she writes some of the unsigned editorials) and the arts editor at the Chronicle. Previously, she was editor of Cite, the Rice Design Alliance magazine.

When asked about her work, Lisa Gray says, I try to give Houstonians a sense of the place where they live: a job that's both maddening and really fun.

The Official Announcement:

Join Jason Smith, author of High Style in the Suburbs, the Early Modern Houses of William R. Jenkins, at a special discussion and book-signing on Thursday, August 20, 2009 6 PM at the Houston Central Library 500 McKinney, Houston, Texas.

The book brings eleven of Jenkins notable early designs into focus with both historic and current photographs, plans and numerous interesting details. During a career that spanned over 3 decades, Jenkins was a notable architect of both residential and commercial projects in a distinctly modern style.

Smith will discuss the book, the houses and Jenkins' career in a slide presentation. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the reception following the library discussion.

A second event will follow at the Architecture Center Houston / AIA Houston galleries at 315 Capitol #120 (a short walk from the library)at 7 PM where participants can view the Houston Mod Endangered Modernism exhibit and hear a brief presentation on notable endangered landmarks by Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Gray.

Ms. Gray is a member of the Chronicle editorial board and the arts editor at the Chronicle. Previously, she was editor of Cite, the official publication of the Rice Design Alliance.

The exhibit aims to create a greater understanding of the threats to architecturally significant structures that ultimately lead to their destruction and loss. It profiles nearly a dozen significant landmarks A complimentary guide is provided that gives background information on each display in the exhibit and what you can do to help save these endangered modern buildings .

Food and refreshments will be provided by the AIA.

If you are unable to attend the event but wish to purchase a book, please contact info@houstonmod.org for ordering information.

This event is part of the Authors in Architecture series sponsored by Architypes, AIA Houston and the Houston Public Library.

We hope to see you there!

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