Public Education and Awareness Award to Cleveland Artists Foundation and AIA Cleveland
for Cleveland Goes Modern: Design for the Home 1930-1970, an exhibit and programs on mid-20th century modern residential
architecture, furnishings, and the fine and decorative arts.
Buildings of the recent past are among our most vulnerable historic resources. Cleveland Goes
Modern, organized by the Cleveland Artists Foundation and AIA Cleveland, featured mid-20th-century
modern residential architecture of northeast Ohio, exploring its development and its relationship
to the furnishings and the fine and decorative arts of 1930 to 1970. Running from September to
November 2007 at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, it was the most widely attended exhibit
in the history of the Cleveland Artists Foundation. The exhibit included houses by Ernst Payer,
Robert Little, Fred Toguchi, William Morris, John Terence Kelly, Don Hisaka, and
others whose work introduced the innovative spirit of modernism to northeast Ohio. It also paid
tribute to the daring clients who embraced their architects’ vision. The exhibit, lectures, films,
tours, and catalogue brought an important body of work to a wider audience. Until now, these homes
remained lost in the blind spot of architectural history -- too recent to be appreciated by most
historians, yet too old to be fashionable. In addition, many of them are on generous wooded sites
in the outer suburbs, largely hidden from view, so that Cleveland Goes Modern made many of them
visible to the public for the first time. Complementing the exhibit, publication, and programs,
Cleveland Goes Modern also offered three sold-out tours providing access to the interiors of
some of Cleveland’s finest mid-20th-century houses. Cleveland Goes Modern has enhanced public
awareness of this body of work and hopefully will lead to increased appreciation and preservation
of mid-20th-century modern architecture.
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