NHM and Mies van der Rohe Society co-organize Classical and Modern Mies, May 19

CHICAGO — The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) and the Mies van der Rohe Society are pleased to co-host Classical and Modern Mies on Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m. The event is taking place virtually and in person at the NHM, 333 S. Halsted Street in Chicago, and will explore the blend of classical Greek influences and constructivist form in Mies van der Rohe’s architecture, with particular emphasis on how which he merged the two. at the Illinois Institute of Technology – the site of the greatest concentration of its buildings. The event continues NHM’s series of monthly public programs.

“As our museum continues to explore and share the relevance of Hellenic heritage today, we are thrilled to co-host this event with the Mies van der Rohe Society which studies how classical Greek architecture and concepts influenced one of our greatest modern architects,” said Marianne. Kountoures, executive director of the Hellenic National Museum.

“This event is for the ancient Greeks who developed their formalized style based on balance and proportion to represent a place of worship. Two thousand years later, Mies van der Rohe did the same in the modern age but for a different purpose at the Illinois Institute of Technology,” said Cynthia Vranas Olsen, director of the Mies van der Rohe Society. “Together with the National Hellenic Museum, the Mies Society and our partners will present how these two types of structures explore , through their use of architectural language, an extra-temporal vision that led to the creation of these masterpieces.”

Guest speakers for Classic and Modern Mies include: Carol Ross Barney, Architect, Founder and Director of Design at Ross Barney Architects; Kevin Harrington, professor emeritus of architectural history at the Illinois Institute of Technology; Peter Kilpatrick, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at the Illinois Institute of Technology; and Michael Lykoudis FAIA, professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame.

Tickets for virtual events are $10. Tickets for the in-person program are $40 and include a reception with light refreshments immediately following the event. For the safety of NHM employees and guests, proof of COVID vaccination is required for all in-person attendees.

For more information about this event and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.miessociety.org/events/classical-modern-mies.

NHM is offering free event tickets for undergraduate and graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis. To claim a student ticket, send an e-mail to: [email protected] with the subject “student ticket” and include your name, school e-mail address, school and department.

Classical and Modern Mies is presented in partnership with the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Benjamin Marshall Society, and the Society of Architectural Historians.

About the Hellenic National Museum

The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) is a premier museum dedicated to sharing Greek history, art, and culture from antiquity to the present day, including the modern Greek-American experience. NHM preserves Hellenic heritage and makes this rich heritage relevant today through its collection of thousands of physical artifacts, oral histories, exhibits, educational programs and special events. Originally founded in 1983 and located in Chicago’s historic Greektown neighborhood since 2011, NHM provides lifelong learning to the community and sparks inquiry and discussion about the larger issues in our lives and Of our society. For more information, visit www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org or call 312-655-1234.

About Mies van der Rohe

The Mies van der Rohe Society, while preserving the legacy of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, maintains the architectural integrity of its buildings at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most influential architects of the 20th century and director of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology for 20 years, expressed his modernist vision on the campus of IIT, which he designed in the 1940s and 1950s. As custodians of Mies’ legacy, the Mies Society at IIT is committed to restoring his masterpieces, improving educational programs for our students, and enhance Chicago’s international reputation for architectural distinction. For more information, visit miessociety.org.

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