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Mies van der Rohe in his apartment on East Pearson Street, Chicago, 1964.

New York

“Mies in America”

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
June 21–September 23

Presented concurrently with “Mies in Berlin‚” on view at MoMA, this exhibition details the master architect’s career following his emigration from Germany in 1938. A former Bauhaus director, Mies arrived in the United States ready to combine new technology with a radically transformative approach to structure. Beginning with his plans for the Resor House, 1937–38, and concluding with his work on the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, 1962–68, “Mies in America” traces the development of an influential freedom in building, involving the fusion of spatial poetry and practical concerns. Exhibition designer and artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle juxtaposes drawings, models, and photographs with his own video projections in a broadly successful attempt to reanimate what curator Phyllis Lambert calls her iconic subject’s “tough, hardened lyricism.”