An exhibition of Mid–Century Modern
Architecture in the Capitol City.
This exhibition features fine examples of Austin's own Mid–Century Modern structures,
and keys off Birth of the Cool, now at the Blanton Museum of Art. Cool Austin includes
architectural landmarks like the Municipal Auditorium (now the Long Center) and Robert
Mueller Airport. It showcases familiar building typologies that were established in
the 1950's—the motor court motel, schools, churches and progressive homes spanning
the 40's, 50's and 60's.
The exhibition is comprised of historic drawings, period
photographs, models and plans. It illustrates how Austin's leading architects of the time
interpreted the Modernist ideals of clean lines and blurred boundaries between man and nature,
interior and exterior space.
A self–guided tour of neighborhoods and individual projects that
epitomize Austin's mid-century modern architecture, will be available at the exhibition.
The exhibition will include the premier of a short film
a delightfully engaging roundtable conversation with
the mid-century architects responsible for bringing the
Modernist Movement to Austin.(10 minutes)
Mid–Century Modernism — Austin's Own Twist on a National Movement
Lecturer Design Division and School of Architecture,
University of Texas at Austin.
March 14th (6 to 9PM); Gallery Talk (7PM)
March 15th through May 17th
Monday through Thursday, 11AM to 5PM, Fridays 9AM to 12 Noon.
Austin Center for Architecture
801 West 12th Street
(corner of 12th Street + West Avenue)
Cool Austin is sponsored by AIA Austin, with generous contributions of materials
from the Austin History Center and Dynamic Reprographics . It is presented in
conjunction with the Blanton Museum of Art's exhibition, Birth of the Cool.
Austin Center for Architecture (CFA)
The Center is home to AIA Austin, the Austin Foundation for Architecture;
and, the Austin chapter of Architecture for Humanity.
For both design professionals and the public,
The Center operates as the resource for all–things–architecture.
The CFA regularly hosts exhibitions, workshops, and lectures on many design topics,
and these events are open to all.