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Mid-Century Modern Talk: A Celebration of Midwest Modernism

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Toby Theater, Newfields

4000 North Michigan Road

Indianapolis, IN 46208

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On May 16, Indiana Landmarks’ Indiana Modern affinity group hosts an illustrated talk by Lee Bey, “A Celebration of Midwest Modernism,” at Newfields’ Toby Theater in Indianapolis. A Chicago native, Bey served as architecture critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1996 to 2001 and is currently a lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago, focusing on buildings and communities and the forces that shape the built environment. His highly anticipated book, Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side, is due out this fall.

As former deputy chief of staff for Mayor Richard Daley from 2001 to 2004, Bey helped shape the office’s position on planning and architecture issues for the city of Chicago, including downtown development, lakefront protection, and preservation. An architecture photographer, Bey’s talk is sure to include compelling images of Modernist buildings in the Midwest.

Prior to Bey’s talk, Indiana Landmarks will present its annual central Indiana preservation awards. The talk will be followed by a brief Q&A session with Bey.

Thanks for the support from the Cornelius O’Brien Lecture Series Concerning Historic Preservation, the talk is free and open to the public.

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