Michigan Modern: An Architectual Legacy

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Join us for a presentation by author and state historical preservation officer Brian Conway and photographer Jim Haefner. Their new book, Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy, presents over 200 color images documenting Michigan's vibrant design culture and contributions to modern architecture.

Tickets $10, includes coffee and dessert.

Tickets available online until Noon on Tuesday, August 28. After noon, please call 231-941-9488 for availability. Limited tickets available at the door.

Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Officer, Brian Conway, will present his new book Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy. Conway and photographer, James Haefner, have carefully documented 34 projects from 1928 through 2012, documenting the highlights of Michigan’s contribution to America’s portfolio of significant modern architecture.  Included are designs by Eliel Saarinen, Walter Dorwin Teague, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alden B. Dow, Alexander Girard, Eero Saarinen, George Nelson, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Minoru Yamasaki, Perceval Goodman, Marcel Breuer, Gunner Birkerts, Oskar Stonorov, William Wesley Peters, Kevin Roche, Richard Meier, The Architects Collaborative, Dirk Lohan, Zaha Hadid, and others.  Both residential and commercial buildings are included.  

One breathtaking Haefner photo after another invites viewers to enter what often are private realms not open to the public to explore the innovative and cutting-edge design solutions, while learning the story behind the architects and their clients.  As follow-up to Conway’s previous book, Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America which documents Michigan’s significant role in the development of modern design through its educational institutions, auto industry, furniture manufacturing, and resident design talent, this new book and presentation focuses on the resulting architecture, both commercial and residential. Author Conway and photographer Haefner will be on hand to sign books following the presentation.

Read Architectural Digests review of Michigan Modern: An Architectural Legacy.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Author

Brian D. Conway was appointed Michigan’s State Historic Preservation Officer in 1997.  In that capacity, he directs the State Historic Preservation Office in fulfilling the state’s responsibility under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, including the identification, protection, and redevelopment of historic and archaeological resources. He has been involved with historic preservation and the rehabilitation of historic buildings throughout Michigan since 1980. Conway holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University for Florida. He served on the board of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers and is an adjunct professor in Eastern Michigan University’s graduate program in historic preservation. Conway coauthored the award winning book Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America published by Gibbs Smith Publishing in 2016. He has lectured across the country on topics related to modernism and historic preservation. Conway’s work on modernism in Michigan won the 2016 Advocacy Award of Excellence from Docomomo US.

About the Photographer

James Haefner’s career in photography spans the last four decades. An accomplished automotive advertising photographer, Jim’s love of modern design drew him into the architectural world fifteen years ago.  Employing a unique workflow, his ability to capture the designer’s intentions whether the subject is an automobile or a structure is paramount to his success. Today he balances both areas of interest equally along with a lifetime interest in landscape photography. After graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1976 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Jim apprenticed for three years before starting his own studio in 1979. When not behind his camera Jim enjoys a round of golf, travel and spending time with his daughter and son. His contributions to Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America led to this project, which is truly the culmination of a forty year career!