Lectures/Events

Tuesday, Sept. 25 6-7pm: Motown Modern – Alexander Girard’s Detroit Masterpieces

Nora Design Talk @Nora Modern Detroit, 4240 Cass Ave, Detroit

Tuesday, Oct. 30 6:30pm: Midtown to Motown – Alexander Girard’s Midcentury Masterpieces

Sponsored by TriState Docomomo

Location: Knoll Showroom,  Avenue of the Americas, New York City

Alexander Girard is best known for injecting bold color and pattern into mid century textiles. However, his earliest masterpieces – in architecture, interior design and exhibition curation – were done during his time in Detroit (1937-53).

Wednesday, Nov. 14 7:30pm: Alexander Girard Architect — A Midcentury Master and his Grosse Pointe Masterpieces

Sponsored by Grosse Pointe Historical Society: Bicknell Lecture Series

Location: Cook School House, 20025 Mack Plaza (just off Mack Ave.), Grosse Pointe Woods

During the midcentury period, Michigan attracted visionary architects, designers, and theorists, including Charles and Ray Eames, Minoru Yamasaki, Eero Saarinen, and Alexander Girard. While the terms modern and Grosse Pointe may seem antithetical, they merge seamlessly in Girard, who lived in Grosse Pointe with his family between the years 1937-53.
Much has been written about Girard’s vibrantly colored and patterned textiles for the Herman Miller furniture company. However, his design work in Michigan at midcentury — encompassing interior design, exhibition curation, and residential architecture – has never been fully explored. Perhaps surprisingly, Girard created his greatest architectural masterpieces in Grosse Pointe during the years 1947-51.
Using archival images, original Girard drawings and new photographs, Kawsky’s lecture will bring to life Girard’s exceptional Grosse Pointe architectural projects. Special focus will be placed on the John and Kathleen McLucas house, the sole-surviving private residence designed entirely by Girard, which was recently rediscovered and restored in consultation with Detroit design icon, Ruth Adler Schnee.

Thursday, Feb. 21 2pm: An Architect’s Dream – Rediscovering Alexander Girard’s Residential Architecture (1947-51)

Sponsored by Palm Springs Modernism Week

Location: CAMP, Palm Springs, CA 

Rediscovering Alexander Girard’s Residential Architecture (1947-51)

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 4-5pm: Book Signing at Docomomo Tour Day Event – Back to the Future: A New Vision for Two Yamasaki Masterpieces

Sponsored by Docomomo, Michigan Chapter @EcoworksDetroit, 22400 W. Seven Mile, Detroit

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Thursday, June 14, 2018: Alexander Girard, Architect Book Launch

Sponsored by Wayne State University Press @Kresge Court, Detroit Institute of Arts

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