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10 Days of Modness!

March 13 - 22, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona

COVID-19 put a damper on our 16th year of award-winning tours, education and events this season. Most have been rescheduled for May or October. Stay tuned here for details as they unfold.

Tours

The star of our event is the Modern Phoenix Home Tour of the Central Corridor on March 22, 2020. Smaller tours are held the week before the big event! Click TICKETS to purchase.

Talks

Industry experts present on a variety of topics related to midcentury modern design and contemporary challenges. Click TICKETS to register.

Mixers

Lots of opportunities to mix with experts on Modernism and meet enthusiasts involved in the preservation and restoration of Midcentury Modern design in the Phoenix Metro area. Many events are free with RSVP!

 

 

 



Modern Phoenix Week YEAR 2020 Agenda

Due to COVID-19 most events have been rescheduled for May or October.
Many events are independently ticketed and operated.
Terms and conditions apply. All events are rain or shine.


  • Now What?!

    Advocacy, Activism and Alliances in American Architecture Since 1969

    Now What?!


    FREE EVERY DAY

    ASU Design North
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    Now What?! is the first exhibition to examine the little-known history of architects and designers working to further the causes of the civil rights, women’s, and LGBTQ movements of the past fifty years. The exhibition content, conversations, and stories will inspire a new generation of design professionals to see themselves as agents of change by looking at the past to see new ways forward. An exhibition by ArchiteXX at Arizona State University Herberger School for the Arts.

    JUST COME!

  • Charles Phoenix

    Mid-Century is My Muse!

    Charles Phoenix

    | $40

    3rd Street Theater
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    A live slide show performance by the Ambassador of Americana, Charles Phoenix, celebrating classic and kitschy American life and style. With his unbridled enthusiasm, quick-wit and keen expertise, the Holiday Jubilee author reveals an eye-popping array of space age style, car culture, tourist traps, roadside attractions, fun foods, local lore and much more... all in glorious Kodachrome color! Prepare for your national pride to swell and spirit to soar! This event is general Admission. Doors open at 6:30. Dapper dress encouraged but not required.

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  • SOLD OUT!
    From Dome House to Cosanti

    Cosanti

    | $50

    Cosanti, Paradise Valley
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    Explore the early projects that solidified Paolo Soleri as an architectural icon in Arizona with Mary Hoadley, a Soleri protégé for over 50 years. Enjoy an intimate and in-depth visit to two architectural treasures; Dome House in Cave Creek and Cosanti in Paradise Valley. Includes bus transportation between Cosanti and Dome. Meet in Cosanti's gallery area at 9am. Limited to 30 guests. Please note the desert terrain at Dome House is currently not wheelchair accessible.

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  • Midcentury in the Desert

    With Marilyn Szabo and Cam DeCaussin

    Midcentury in the Desert

    | Free

    7077 E Main St Suite #6
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    A two-person exhibition showcasing the photorealistic oil paintings of Cam DeCaussin and the black and white photography of Marilyn Szabo. Join us for wine and apps at Royse Contemporary gallery for the closing reception of the exhibition. Both Szabo and DeCaussin will be present to talk about their work.

    SAVE THE DATE

  • RESCHEDULED!
    Design, Create and Carve your own Silt Cast Bell

    bell

    | $60

    Cosanti, Paradise Valley
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    Experience a behind-the-scenes and hands-on art workshop at Cosanti where you'll design, create, and carve your very own ceramic Cosanti Originals Windbell in the same time-honored tradition that Cosanti's artisans have used for over 50 years. Led by Assistant Ceramics Manager, Heath Vining, participants will learn by doing while creating their own silt cast ceramic bells, which will be finished, fired and shipped to all participants. Meet in Cosanti's gallery area at 9am. Wheelchair accessible.

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  • RESCHEDULED!
    City Dreamers

    CIty Dreamers


    $9 advance tickets | $12 at door

    Phoenix Center for the Arts
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    Chat with architect Taz Khatri and a panel of urbanists after screening this new documentary film about our changing urban environment and four trailblazing women architects who have worked, observed and shaped the cities of today for over 70 years. Phyllis Lambert, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander and Denise Scott Brown may not be household names, but these women have worked with some of the greatest architects of our time including Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, and Robert Venturi in pursuit of a fundamentally human and inclusive city. Doors at 12:30. No-host beer/wine bar.

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  • SOLD OUT!
    Ultimate Tour of
    the Valley Ho

    Valley Ho Tour

    Valley Ho Lobby
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    Explore the architecture and past of this mid-century-modern landmark, a Hollywood hideaway since 1956 and host to stars like Janet Leigh, Bing Crosby, and Natalie Wood. Designed by architect Edward Varney and Associates, Hotel Valley Ho is known for its “Flintstones meets Jetsons” style. Tour meets at the Valley Ho. Free parking is available on 69th Street and along Main, or use valet at the Ho and get validated for a special $5 (+gratuity) day rate.

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  • RESCHEDULED!
    Phoenix Lettering Shop Talk and Tour With Sue Castelletti

    phoenix lettering

    6:00 to 7:30 pm | $8

    Phoenix Lettering
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    Discover the (almost) lost art of chainstitch embroidery, so beloved by high school quarterbacks, motorcycle clubs, and rockabillies alike! Learn about this special vintage art form that's endearing to all ages. Sue will demonstrate the art of chain stitching and walk the group through how to prepare art and select textures for an artistic back patch. You'll walk away with everything you need to know about how to prepare your own design to be turned into a wearable work of art! Limited to 12 guests.

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  • RESCHEDULED!
    Rethinking The House Museum

    House Museum Model

    | FREE

    ASU Skysong
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    Delve into a joint research study on the social, cultural and economic benefits of house museums with Mark Stapp and Victor Sidy. Unlike other states that embrace the house museum model to preserve cultural heritage, Arizona lags behind with about only 15 publicly accessible historic homes and has shockingly few midcentury homes among them. Come find out why this might be, and reasons to change attitudes toward what is "historic" to increase public access to private domains. Stapp is the Executive Director of the W. P. Carey Master of Real Estate Development program at ASU and Sidy is a practicing architect and former Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

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  • RESCHEDULED!
    Unlearning with Professor Alison King

    Unlearning with Alison King

    | Donation

    Design With Reach Scottsdale
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    In the famous words of Alison's personal hero Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, "Everyone has talent!" Become a Bauhausler for the night as you step back in time and learn how to unlearn. In the spirit of the Bauhaus vorkus (preliminary course) Alison will walk you through two exercises to unlock your creativity. After creating something beautiful, stay on for the Bauhaus film to follow (ticketed separately). Includes happy hour from 6 to 7.

    SAVE THE DATE

  • RESCHEDULED!
    The New Bauhaus

    The New Bauhaus

    | Donation

    Design With Reach Scottsdale
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    Watch the fascinating story of Hungary's brilliant polymath and original Bauhaus design faculty Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. This 88-minute documentary film dives deep into the period after Laszlo fled Europe and brought his radical ideas about art and design to America. A must-see for any lover of film, photography, art, graphic design or design education! Pair it with our lesson in "unlearning" (ticketed separately, spectators welcome) for a full night of fun. Happy hour starts at 6 pm, film starts at 7.

    SAVE THE DATE

  • POSTPONED!
    PHX Architecture Forum

    PHX Architecture Forum

    7:00 - 9:00 pm | RSVP

    For the People
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    Public spaces can be defining assets of a city’s urban culture. These places of gathering have taken many architectural forms, but how have they shaped us? Architect Diane Jacobs, founder of Holly Street Studio, has dedicated her practice to the public realm by designing award-winning spaces for municipalities, centers of education, and private clients for the past 20 years. Join us for a conversation about how public spaces shape us, and how we can be better stewards of the built environment to ensure that public spaces retain their value and impact across generations. 

    RSVP NOW

  • SOLD OUT!
    Midcentury Midtown Bike Tour

    bike tour of midtown

    401 W. Clarendon Ave
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    Use Phoenix's GRID bikeshare program to explore midcentury modern architecture with the Postwar Architecture Task Force of Greater Phoenix, hosted by Taz Khatri, senior architect at Motley Design Group. She'll get you oriented to the smartphone-friendly bikeshare rental then take an 8 mile flat and casual ride through Phoenix's midtown midcentury marvels. Bring your camera, a helmet and of course bring your own bike if you like! The tour will end at Park Central, where the Modern Phoenix Expo will be well underway. Several restaurants are on site. Tour fee does not include bike rental. Waiver required.

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  • RESCHEDULED!
    Cactus and Succulent Workshop

    Succulent planting workshop

    | $45

    Park Central
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    Learn how to select compatible cacti and succulents to make an attractive modern pot arrangement. Watering and transplanting tips will help you practice your new skills on your own. This hands-on workshop includes all the materials you'll need to pot an attractive arrangement to take home and nurture!

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  • RESCHEDULED!
    From Dome House to Cosanti

    Cosanti

    | $50

    Cosanti, Paradise Valley
    MAP IT

    Explore the early projects that solidified Paolo Soleri as an architectural icon in Arizona with Mary Hoadley, a Soleri protégé for over 50 years. Enjoy an intimate and in-depth visit to two architectural treasures; Dome House in Cave Creek and Cosanti in Paradise Valley. Includes bus transportation between Cosanti and Dome. Meet in Cosanti's gallery area at 9am. Limited to 30 guests. Please note the desert terrain at Dome House is currently not wheelchair accessible.

    JOIN WAITLIST

  • RESCHEDULED!
    Modern Phoenix Marketplace and Expo

    modern phoenix expo

    Park Central
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    Explore pop-up shops to find new talent in modern architecture, interior design, art, fashion, home improvement, furniture, lighting and accessories. Meet contemporary interior designers, furniture designers, architects, historians, makers, preservationists, vintage furniture dealers and other professionals to help you get your job done. Door prizes at 3 pm!

    ADD TO CALENDAR

  • RESCHEDULED!
    Interior Design Consultations With SCC's ASID student chapter

    consultations

    10 am to 2:30 pm | Donation

    Park Central
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    Sign up to drop in and sit down with an interior design student or faculty member to consult on your latest interior design dilemmas during the Modern Phoenix Expo. Rachel Simmons, Chuck Cooper and their ASID students will set you on your way with some inspiring advice. Bring lots of photos and an iPad or phone! Meet up at the SCC table in the breezeway to set up an appointment. Your one on one consultation is priced on a voluntary donation basis, benefitting the student chapter of ASID which is co-hosting the Expo.

    ADD TO CALENDAR

  • RESCHEDULED!
    Research Your
    Midcentury Home

    Research your Midcentury Modern Property with Modern Phoenix

    | $20

    Park Central
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    Donna Reiner will guide a small group through researching a midcentury home or neighborhood using local resources and online databases with our pop-up library of magazines, brochures, newspapers, maps and other materials. Presentation is at 10:30am, with open expert-guided research time until noon. Hands-on, so bring a friend, laptop and a camera!

    SAVE THE DATE

  • RESCHEDULED!
    Modern Mosaics with Chuck Cooper

    Modern Mosaics

    | $50

    Park Central
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    Come create your own vintage-inspired ceramic tile mosaic with Chuck Cooper of Scottsdale Community College. We'll provide a few patterns to try or you can bring a concept of your own to execute. Fee includes all the materials you'll need to start a 12X12 panel.

    BUY NOW

  • SOLD OUT!
    Ultimate Tour of
    the Valley Ho

    Valley Ho Tour

    Valley Ho Lobby
    MAP IT

    Explore the architecture and past of this mid-century-modern landmark, a Hollywood hideaway since 1956 and host to stars like Janet Leigh, Bing Crosby, and Natalie Wood. Designed by architect Edward Varney and Associates, Hotel Valley Ho is known for its “Flintstones meets Jetsons” style. Tour meets at the Valley Ho. Free parking is available on 69th Street and along Main, or use valet at the Ho and get validated for a special $5 (+gratuity) day rate.

    JOIN WAITLIST

  • RESCHEDULED!
    Research Your
    Midcentury Home

    Research your Midcentury Modern Property with Modern Phoenix

    | $20

    Park Central
    MAP IT

    Donna Reiner will guide a small group through researching a midcentury home or neighborhood using local resources and online databases with our pop-up library of magazines, brochures, newspapers, maps and other materials. Presentation is at 1:30 pm, with open expert-guided research time until 3. Hands-on, so bring a friend, laptop and a camera!

    BUY NOW

  • RESCHEDULED!
    Macramé's Back! with Chuck Cooper

    macrame

    2:00 to 4:00 pm | $35

    Park Central
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    Who would believe it, macramé is making a huge comeback in interior decor. Learn the basic knotting techniques to make your own take-home macrame wall hanging with Chuck Cooper, head of the Interior Design Department at Scottsdale Community College. Fee includes all materials you'll need to complete a beginner level project.

    BUY NOW

  • RESCHEDULED!
    Door Prize Drawing at Modern Phoenix Expo

    door prizes

    3:00 pm | FREE

    Park Central
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    Come for the workshops, design and networking at Expo, stay for the amazing swag! Enter to win fabulous door prizes by our pop up shops including the last pairs of home tour tickets and our iconic colossal breezeblock doorstop. Three entries per person over age 12. No purchase necessary, must be present at 3 pm to claim.

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  • RESCHEDULED!
    Making Architecture With 180 Degrees Design + Build

    making architecture

    Park Central Gallery
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    Join principal architects John Anderson, James Trahan and Troy Vincent as they recount the highs and lows of Making Architecture as an innovative design-build firm over the last two decades. They'll show case studies from their book of the same name, including important restoration work at UNESCO World Heritage Site Taliesin West by Frank Lloyd Wright and an expansion of an Al Beadle home at the base of Camelback Mountain. A book signing will follow.

    BUY NOW

  • RESCHEDULED!
    Modern Phoenix
    Home Tour

    Modern Phoenix Home Tour of Central Phoenix

    1:00 to 6:00 pm | $45 | $50 | $250

    Check in at Park Central
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    Features full access to a dozen midcentury and contemporary modern homes along the Central Avenue Corridor, which is known for its lush neighborhoods featuring mature and shady landscaping. Discover these gems scattered throughout classic neighborhoods in the greenest parts of town. This is a self-driving and self-guided tour; a map will be provided at check-in on tour day. Tour is held rain or shine. All children over age 2 must be ticketed. Tickets won't be sold on day of tour. Terms and conditions apply.

    SAVE THE DATE

Hotels with Midcentury Modern Flair

10% Discount for guests at Valley Ho and Mountain Shadows using promo codes below, valid March 13-22. Special rates have been arranged at Papago Inn in Scottsdale with promo codes below, too!

Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Book with promo code PROMODPHX

Papago Inn

7017 E McDowell Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Book with promo code BRKETN

Mountain Shadows

5445 E Lincoln Dr
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Book with promo code PROMODPHX

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