Westport Modern: When Cool Was Hot!

Through May 1st 

This beautiful photographic exhibit showcases the Westport Historical Society’s startling recent discovery of over two dozen important modern buildings in our comunity.  Also featured:

• a timeline spanning the period from 1930-1960 listing international,   national and local milestones
• an introduction to local modernist architect Victor Civkin
• mid-twentieth century furniture, accessories and paint colors of the period
• film excerpts from 1939: I Have Seen the Future, a documentary featuring the 1939 New York World’s Fair by Westport film maker Lisa Seidenberg

In our Little Gallery: Victor Civkin: Modern Genius Rediscovered . This special exhibit reintroduces Victor Civkin, who, after escaping from Russia in the 1920s, settled here in our community. While employed by General Electric, he developed the “triangle plan” kitchen that is commonplace today.  Civkin was also responsible for designing GE’s exhibit The World of Tomorrow at the New York 1939 World’s Fair as well as the design for a newkitchen at the FDR White House. Following World War II, he was  the architect of the GE-sponsored Young American Homes; 74 of which were built across the country. After his retirement from GE, he opened his own architectural practice, completing over 900 private  commissions. This is a not-to-be-missed American success story.

Special  events that will take place during the run of this exciting exhibit include:

When Cool Was Hot! Film Series: Three period movies, each introduced by  Doris Jacoby, co-chairman of the Friends of the Library Film Committee: My Man Godfrey Sunday, January 31, 2 PM  The Fountainhead Sunday, February 28, 2 PM North by Northwest Sunday, March 28, 2 PM Westport Public Library McManus Room • Free Admission

Play it Cool!  theatre-lunch program produced in cooperation with Play with  your Food using the exhibit as the background and setting.  Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place Thursday, March 18, 2010, noon to 1:30 PM. Reservations required 203-222-1424  Ticket $39

Victor Civkin: Rediscovered: A panel  featuring  Rena and Carla Schine,  Civkin’s daughter and granddaughter and Civkin expert, Mark R. Halstead, AIA.  Owners of Civkin houses are encouraged to bring photos and share stories. Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place Sunday, March 21, 2010 2-3 PM. Refreshments • Donation $5

The Unitarian Church: Still Cool at 50: A special tour of this award-winning  building, designed by well-known architect Victor Lundy.  Tour guides are John P.  Franzen FAIA and John T. Stevens AIA, of J.P. Franzen Associates, Architects. Continuing Education hours will be reported for AIA Connecticut members. Unitarian Church. 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 1-3 PM Refreshments following tour. Reservations Required 203-22-1424  Ticket $20
Classic Mid-Century Furnishings, Still Hot: by Jane Swergold, an expert  in this field, takes a fascinating look at the evolution of furniture from the 1930s to the 1960s.   Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place Tuesday, April 27, 2010 from 1-2 PM. Refreshments • Donation $5
1939: I Have Seen the Future: Westport filmmaker Lisa Seidenberg’s  documentary featuring the 1939 New York World’s Fair, offers a contemporary  look back at the future envisioned 70 years ago. Premiere screening:  Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Place , March 4th, 7:30pm,  Resfreshments Donation $5

For more information and to make reservations call the Westport Historical Society  at 203-222-1424 or visit  www.westporthistory.org Photos: Unitarian Church, Westport: Michael Glynn Photo Mid-Century Nelson Ball Clock, Eastman Collection Oscar Levant House,Westport: Michael Glynn Photo