Architecture and Design

Modern Phoenix Week: An April Celebration of All Things Mid-Century Modern

Editor's note: This post has also been edited for accuracy.
Editor's note: Tickets for the home tour have sold out since this post was published.

Whether you're a longtime fan of Phoenix's world-class, mid-century modern architecture or you're a newbie to its design and architecture scene, your week to show off, catch up, and get your fix is coming.

April 9 through 17, Modern Phoenix and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art are teaming up for the seventh annual Modern Phoenix Week.

This year's event is in Sunnyslope, a community filled mid-century modern homes that's celebrating its 100th anniversary (You can read more about Sunnyslope in this week's Surreal Estate by Robrt Pela.), and it's action-packed, to say the least.

On tap for this year are parties, home tours, lectures, and expos that are likely to make any mid-century modern-o-phile drool.

Modern Phoenix Week:
The week includes ticketed and free events for the public that include the Sunnyslope Art Walk on April 9, a screening of Jesper Wachtmeister's Great Expectations on April 10 (trailer below), a series of presentations by local architects on April 12, and Marshall Shore's Retro Slide Show Extravaganza on April 14. For more info or to snag a few tickets, check out the Modern Phoenix website.

The Expo and Seminars:
On April 16, The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will host a handful of free workshops and lectures that include "Modern Scottsdale", "How to Nominate Your Home, Neighborhood or Building for the Register of Historic Properties", and "How to Research your Midcentury Modern Home", as well as a roomful of mid-century modern designers, architects, furniture and landscape services to peruse.

The Home Tour:

The Modern Phoenix Home Tour, on April 17, offers a chance to look at homes designed by local big-name architects including Ralph Haver, James Trahan Paul Christian Yaeger and Marlene Imirzian. The event requires a pre-paid ticket, $20 for SMoCA members, $25 for non-members (call 480-994-ARTS).

For more information on any of the above events or to see what else Modern Phoenix Week has on the calendar, see the Modern Phoenix website.

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