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September 2019

MADWEEK 2019: Bauhaus 100 – Modesto
Our city will be spinning with all things design, September 21-28, with Modesto Architecture & Design Week (MADWEEK)

Since 2008, Modesto has been host to an award-winning week of all things architecture and design that has attracted as many as 5,000 people annually to our city. The Modesto Architecture and Design Week (MADWEEK) celebrates architecture and design as both an art and a science, and heightens public awareness of architecture and design and of the value that architects and designers play in creating more beautiful, creative, innovative and livable communities. MADWEEK celebrates all design disciplines, including: architecture, fashion design, graphic design, interior design, landscape architecture, product design, social design, and user experience (UI/UX) design.

The theme for MADWEEK 2019 is “Bauhaus 100 – Modesto.” Founded in Dessau, Germany, in 1919, the Bauhaus was an iconic design school whose modernist approach influenced the education, practice and theory of art and design worldwide, including here in Modesto. In 2019, a global movement is underway to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus and its myriad of contributions to society. The global influence of Bauhaus can be directly traced to and seen in downtown Modesto today.

“MADWEEK 2019 is about celebrating our unique historical connection to the Bauhaus and acknowledging the important contribution design makes to a vibrant city,” says Lee Davis, founder of the Modesto Design Collective (MO.DE) and design curator with the Modesto Art Museum. “As we approach the sesquicentennial of Modesto in 2020, our local design community is a powerful ally in envisioning our collective future.”

MADWEEK 2019 will be a week of creative and inspiring events in venues across the City of Modesto, from Saturday, September 21st through

Saturday, September 28th. The MADWEEK 2019 schedule includes a myriad of events designed to inspire, including featured speakers, films, family & kids day, networking events, studio visits, tours, workshops, and more.

MADWEEK highlights include:

· MADWEEK Opening Evening: MADWEEK kicks off with a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, including a featured speaker Sean Ragasa, Design Director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) in San Francisco, and lead architect for the new courthouse being constructed in downtown Modesto.

· Modesto Architecture & Design Film Night: the popular MADWEEK architecture and design film night returns with a remarkable selection of short films, many with Bauhaus-related themes, on architecture, fashion, graphic, interior, product, and social design in the historic State Theatre.

· Annual Modesto Design Collective (MO.DE) Gathering: the third annual gathering for local designers at the Gallo Winery on Tuesday, September 24th, including featured speaker, Carrie Bishop, Chief Digital Services Officer, City and County of San Francisco, who will reflect on the role and responsibility of the designer in society.

· “Future Faces of Design”: MO.DE releases “Future Faces of Design, featuring a dozen local, young designers reflecting on what inspires them, where design is going, and what the role and responsibility of the designer is in society.

· Open Studios: visit and meet designers behind some of Modesto’s most admired creative firms, tour their studios, and learn about their process and work.

· Workshops: MADWEEK’s popular home history workshop returns providing the tools to uncover the history of your Modesto house.

· Tours: guided and self-guided tours of Modesto’s historic landmarks, modernist gems, and downtown Modesto architecture.

· Cardboard Challenge & Day of Creative Play: a fun Saturday afternoon engaging families and kids in designing and building games and other creations from cardboard and recycled materials.

MADWEEK is dedicated to making Modesto a vibrant design capital that celebrates and supports design and the broader creative community. MADWEEK is a collaborative effort between the Modesto Art Museum, the American Institute of Architects Sierra Valley (AIASV), Modesto Design Collective (MO.DE), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) California Sierra Chapter, and many other community partners and sponsors.

Join us for a week of design MADness!


September 21-28, 2019<>


Modesto Architecture & Design Week (MADWEEK)


September 21-28, 2019

Highlights from the MADWEEK 2019 schedule of events (see for full listings, event times and locations:

Saturday, September 21

AM: MADWEEK Guided Tour: Downtown Modesto Architecture (with

highlights of Bauhaus-influenced architecture) (registration required)

PM: MADWEEK 2019 Opening Evening (free and open to the public)

· Featured Speaker: Sean Ragasa, Design Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, lead architect for Modesto’s new courthouse building

· Unveiling of poster by local designer Eric Le, the second in the Modesto Modernism series commissioned by Modesto Art Museum, celebrating the Modesto’s 1960 courthouse designed by architect Mitchell Van Bourg

· MADWEEK Architecture & Design Film Night – enjoy a series of short films, many with Bauhaus themes relevant to Modesto.

Monday, September 23

PM: MADWEEK House History Workshop – back by popular demand –

learn how to research the history of your house! (registration required)

Tuesday, September 24

PM: Open Studio Workshop: Gallo Creative (registration required)

PM: MADWEEK Modesto Design Collective (MO.DE) Annual Gathering (registration required)

· Featured Speaker: Carrie Bishop, Chief Digital Services Officer, City & County of San Francisco

· launch of the MO.DE “Future Faces of Design,” featuring a dozen local, young designers reflecting on where design is going

Friday, September 27

PM: (re) Designing Social Systems (registration required)

· launch of new book Leading Systems Change, highlighting the design-led work of the Irvine Foundation New Leadership Network in Stanislaus County

· engaged human-centered design workshop with Stanford d.School Director of Designing Social focused on redesigning downtown Modesto.

Saturday, September 28

AM/PM: MADWEEK Cardboard Challenge & Day of Creative Play

engaging families and kids of all ages in designing and building

games and other creations from cardboard and recycled materials.

(free and open to the public)

Self-Guided Architecture Tours

A selection of free, self-guided tours that are available for everyone to download and enjoy at their own pace throughout MADWEEK:

· Modesto Historic Landmarks (1870-1940)

· Modernism in Modesto (1937-1972)

· Wisecarver & Caldwell residential developments (early 1900s)

See the full MADWEEK schedule at:<>


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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.