Events & Exhibitions

Touring Exhibition: Zanzibar, Christ Church Cathedral, and the Last Slave Market

Presented by World Monuments Fund Britain

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - Sunday, January 31, 2016,

Various locations

World Monuments Fund
Cathedral with conservation work underway, 2015

The last permanent slave market in East Africa was in Zanzibar (Tanzania) and was closed in 1873. In 1879, British missionaries built Christ Church Cathedral at the site, and today it is the most significant marker of what occurred at that place. Zanzibar’s tropical climate took its toll on the building and by the time World Monuments Fund Britain (WMFB) became involved, the cathedral was in danger of collapse.

In 2013, the Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar and the Zanzibar Government asked World Monuments Fund to help protect this site of conscience. WMFB was awarded a grant from the European Union to repair the cathedral and create a heritage center commemorating the abolition of slavery.

WMFB has created a touring exhibition about the project that will tour around the United Kingdom. Dates venues are as follows:

  • The Gallery at 75 Cowcross Street, London
    May 6–16, 2015
  • Ely Cathedral, Cambridgeshire
    August 24–October 4, 2015
  • Centre of African Studies, University of Cambridge
    November–December 2015
  • Dr Johnson’s House, London
    January–March 2016

Modernism at Risk

Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks

Friday, July 3, 2015 - Sunday, September 6, 2015

Big Springs Gallery, Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada

World Monuments Fund

Modernism at Risk will be on view at Big Springs Gallery at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Nevada, from July 3 to September 6, 2015. An integral part of the WMF Modernism at Risk program, this exhibition consists of large-scale photographs by noted photographer Andrew Moore and interpretative panels highlighting five case studies that explore the role architects and designers play in preserving modern landmarks at risk.

Among the buildings highlighted in the exhibition are ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau, Germany; the A. Conger Goodyear House in Old Westbury, New York, saved from demolition by WMF in 2001; Riverview High School in Sarasota, Florida; the Grosse Pointe Public Library in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan; and the Kent Memorial Library in Suffield, Connecticut. The exhibition also includes Zonnestraal Sanatorium in The Netherlands and Hizuchi Elementary School in Japan.

Since late 2009, Modernism at Risk has been traveling to architecture and design schools and other venues, beginning in Gainesville, Florida, then traveling to such venues as The Art Institute of Tampa Gallery, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, AIA New York Center for Architecture, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the George Brown School of Design in Canada.

World Monuments Fund, with founding support from Knoll, Inc., established the Modernism at Risk initiative in 2006 to address the growing threats to modern buildings at risk. In its efforts to save modern buildings from demolition and inappropriate alterations, WMF has learned that architects and designers can often play a critical role in saving these buildings by demonstrating that these buildings can be economically and functionally viable, and that the advocacy role of good design is increasingly important.

Interested in hosting Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks? Please send an email to

Heavenly Paradise and Earthly Reconciliation: The Creation of the Mughal Gardens at Agra

Anand Family Lecture
A Lecture by William Dalrymple

Wednesday, September 16, 2015,

6:15 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Cocktails at 6:15 p.m. • Lecture begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, New York City

World Monuments Fund

About the Lecture

The Mughal emperors once ruled over the greatest of all Muslim empires. Agra, their capital from 1556 to 1658, had a population of almost 700,000, dwarfing the largest cities of the West. It was created to resemble an earthly paradise, with fragrant gardens along a lazy bend of the Yamuna River. Dalrymple will lead us on a journey through Mughal Agra, where World Monuments Fund is currently collaborating on the restoration of two surviving gardens.

The Speaker

William Dalrymple is the author of nine books about India and the Islamic world, including most recently Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India. A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, he has lived in India since 1989. He writes regularly for the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, and the Guardian, and is co-founder and co-director of the Jaipur Literary Festival. In 2012 he curated the exhibition Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi, 1707–1857 at Asia Society in New York.

Anand Family Lecture

Thanks to the generous support of Nanda and Vijay Anand, WMF is inaugurating the Anand Family Lecture as part of the organization’s 50th Anniversary celebrations to highlight World Monuments Fund’s activities in India. The lectures will share the remarkable architectural heritage of India and inspire support of its preservation for the enjoyment of future generations.

WMF supporters at the $100+ levels are invited to attend this lecture.

Not yet a supporter? Learn more about joining us.

William Dalrymple has contributed to the forthcoming Rizzoli book World Monuments: 50 Irreplaceable Places to Discover, Explore, and Champion, which commemorates WMF’s 50th anniversary.

The book and anniversary celebrations are generously supported by American Express.

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation is the inaugural supporter of WMF’s restoration of two Mughal gardens in Agra.

Hadrian Gala After Party

Mark your calendar and celebrate in style!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015,

8:30-11:30 pm

The Lambs Club Bar at The Chatwal Hotel
130 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036

World Monuments Fund

World Monuments Fund invites you to the fifth annual Hadrian Gala After Party, which benefits WMF’s work in the protection and preservation of architectural heritage around the world. Join us for an evening of cocktails and canapés at the fabulous The Lambs Club Bar at The Chatwal Hotel.

The After Party is held in conjunction with World Monuments Fund’s 50th Anniversary Hadrian Gala, where her Majesty Queen Sofía and Her Excellency Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed al Khalifa of Bahrain will be honored.

Festive Attire, 21+


The Moai Circle is a dynamic group of young professionals with a shared enthusiasm for preserving the world’s irreplaceable cultural treasures. Through innovative programming, the Moai Circle has become a dedicated community of young supporters advocating for the importance of place.

Join today as a Moai Circle Explorer and receive a discount on tickets and invitations to exclusive events throughout the year. Or join as a Moai Circle Conservator and receive two tickets and listing on the After Party Benefit Committee!

Moai Circle Steering Committee

Laura D. Carrera
Charles A. Jaskel
Aurora Kessler
Ashley B. T. Ma
Maggie Moore
Melissa Sink, Esq.
Melissa Stewart
Nina Wainwright
Jennifer Wright
Andrea Marie Zorrilla

Thank you to our sponsor:
The Chatwal Hotel

Celebrating 20 Years of the World Monuments Watch

Thursday, October 29, 2015,

6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

World Monuments Fund
350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412 (Empire State Building)

World Monuments Fund

Every two years, the World Monuments Watch is a call to action for cultural heritage around the globe that is at risk from the forces of nature and the impact of social, political, and economic change. Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Watch, this lecture will cover the history of the Watch and highlight 2016 sites, which will be announced in mid- October.

Presented in association with Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2015.

Due to security requirements at the Empire State Building, RSVPs are required:

All guests can enter a raffle. Prizes will be drawn after the talk.

Past Events & Exhibitions

Cuba's National Art Schools: Reassessing Utopia

Monday, July 13, 2015
World Monuments Fund
Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412, New York, NY 10118. (Please use elevator banks marked 20-24)

2015 Paul Mellon Lecture: Jacobean Decorative Plasterwork

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The Art Workers’ Guild
6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT

Outward Opulence for Inner Peace:The Restoration of the Emperor's Private Paradise at the Forbidden City

Monday, May 11, 2015
Caspary Auditorium, Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue at 66th Street New York, NY 10016

Latin American Modernism at Risk

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
The Museum of Modern Art
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), 4 West 54th Street New York, NY

Midcentury Modern: Materials and Preservation

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - Thursday, April 16, 2015
Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch
2 South 4th Street St. Louis, MO, 63102

The Gilded Age of Buenos Aires: Capital of an Imaginary Empire

Thursday, March 26, 2015
World Monuments Fund
Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412, New York, NY 10118 Please use elevator banks marked 20-24

Monuments and Memory

Friday, February 20, 2015
Columbia University, Morningside Campus
International Affiars Building, 420 West 118th Street, New York City | Room 1501

2015 Paul Mellon Lecture

Monday, February 9, 2015
The Morgan Library & Museum

Building the Future: The Role of Heritage in the Sustainable Development of Yangon

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - Saturday, January 17, 2015
The Strand Hotel
Yangon, Myanmar

2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize Presentation and Lecture

Monday, December 1, 2014
The Museum of Modern Art, The Celeste Bartos Theater, 4 West 54th Street, New York City

The Maestranza: Yesterday and Today

Thursday, October 30, 2014
World Monuments Fund
Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412, New York, NY 10118. Please use elevator banks marked 20-24

Hadrian Gala After Party

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
450 Park Avenue @ 57th Street New York, NY 10022

Heritage Under Siege from Aleppo to Zanzibar

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
World Monuments Fund
350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412 (Empire State Building)

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesins

Thursday, September 18, 2014
World Monuments Fund
Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412, New York, NY 10118. Please use elevator banks marked 20-24.

Travel & Mirage: The Lure of Place

Monday, June 23, 2014
The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016

Architecture & Memory

Monday, June 9, 2014
The May Fair Hotel
Stratton Street, Picadilly, London W1J 8LT

La Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas

Thursday, April 10, 2014
World Monuments Fund
Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412, New York, NY 10118 (Please use elevator banks marked 20-24)

Monte Albán

Thursday, March 13, 2014
World Monuments Fund
Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412, New York, NY 10118

2014 Paul Mellon Lecture

Monday, February 24, 2014
Asia Society
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street


Monday, January 27, 2014
World Monuments Fund
Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412, New York, New York

Route 66: The Road Ahead

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - Thursday, November 21, 2013
Disneyland Hotel & Cars Land
Anaheim, CA

Art & Place: Site-Specific Art in the Americas Book Launch

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
World Monuments Fund
Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412, New York, NY 10118

Hadrian Gala After Party

Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Knoll New York Showroom
1330 6th Avenue (between 53rd and 54th streets) New York, NY 10019

2013 Hadrian Gala

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Historic Places, New Challenges

Thursday, October 10, 2013
World Monuments Fund
350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412 (Empire State Building)

Reanimating Zamość Synagogue

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Center for Jewish History Auditorium
15 West 16th Street, New York City

Drawn Together: Hexham Abbey

Saturday, June 22, 2013 - Sunday, June 30, 2013
Hexham Abbey
Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3NB, United Kingdom

Talleyrand Ball

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
L’Hôtel de Talleyrand
2, rue de Saint-Florentin, Paris 75001

Tour and Garden Reception at Morris-Jumel Mansion

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Morris-Jumel Mansion
65 Jumel Terrace, New York, NY 10032

Drawn Together: Auckland Castle

Saturday, June 1, 2013 - Sunday, June 9, 2013
Auckland Castle
Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, DL14 7NR, United Kingdom

Illustrated Lecture by Dr. Jonathan Foyle: Our Past: A Present to the Future?

Thursday, May 23, 2013
The Beverly Hills Women’s Club
1700 Chevy Chase Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

From Madmen to Oceans: A Conversation with Simon Winchester

Monday, May 20, 2013
Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street New York City

Conservation and Training at Taos Pueblo

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
World Monuments Fund
Empire State Building 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412 New York, NY 10118

Multimedia Work Drawn from WMF’s Conservation Project at St. Trophime, Arles, France

Monday, April 15, 2013
World Monuments Fund
Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412 New York, NY 10118

Re-Discovering Qusayr 'Amra: Conservation of an Early Islamic Site in Jordan

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
World Monuments Fund
Empire State Building, 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412, New York, NY 10118

The Emperor’s Secret Garden

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Asia Society
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street) New York, NY 10021

Harboring Tourism

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - Friday, February 8, 2013
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), 4 West 54th St., New York City

Giving our Past a Future

Friday, October 26, 2012 - Saturday, January 26, 2013
Sir John Soane’s Museum
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, United Kingdom

World Monuments Fund Hadrian Award Gala After Party!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Rouge Tomate
10 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

Stowe House and Landscape Gardens: Review of the Restoration

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Stowe House
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom

Historic Center of Lima: Patrimony in Danger

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - Thursday, June 28, 2012
Casa dell’Architettura (Acquario Romano)
Piazza Manfredo Fanti 57 – Rome

The 2012 World Monuments Watch: Treasured Places and New Challenges

Thursday, May 24, 2012
The Beverly Hills Women’s Club
1700 Chevy Chase Drive, Beverly Hills, CA

In Journeys Begin Responsibilities

Monday, May 21, 2012
The Graduate Center CUNY
Harold M. Proshansky Auditorium, 365 Fifth Avenue (at East 34th), New York City

Stained Glass: a Symposium and Tour of Strawberry Hill

Thursday, May 10, 2012
Strawberry Hill
Twickenham, United Kingdom

The Chancellerie d’Orléans: Rebirth of a Forgotten Masterpiece

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Consulate General of France
934 Fifth Avenue (between 74th and 75th streets) New York, NY 10021


Monday, April 30, 2012 - Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The Preservation Society of Newport County
424 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840

Exhibition, Seminar Coventry Cathedral: an Outstanding British Design

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
V&A, Kensington, London

A Work to Wonder At: Stowe House and the American Revolution

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - Thursday, April 19, 2012
Presented by The English-Speaking Union of the United States
Individual dates and locations listed below

Medieval Coventry

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
West Midlands, United Kingdom

Change in the Middle East: Preserving the Past, Inventing the Future

Saturday, February 25, 2012
The Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place , New York, NY 10012

Unfinished Spaces: A Documentary

Thursday, February 16, 2012
London, UK

Materials and Surfaces of the Tugendhat House

Monday, January 23, 2012
Czech Center New York
321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021

Protecting Historic Famagusta, Cyprus

Friday, January 6, 2012
World Monuments Fund
New York, NY

From Babylon to Bauhaus: Conservation and Interpretation

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Center for Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
Chiesa di S. Jacopo in Campo Corbolini, Via Faenza 43, Florence, Italy

The Future of Babylon

Thursday, November 17, 2011
British Institute for the Study of Iraq
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH, UK

The Future of the Orange County Government Center and the Impact on Goshen

Sunday, October 30, 2011
Fellowship Hall at the St. James Church
1 St. James Plaza, Goshen NY

Hadrian Award Gala After Party

Thursday, October 27, 2011
La Mar Cebichería Peruana
11 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010

Modernism at Risk

Saturday, June 18, 2011
VDL Studio and Residences

2300 Silver Lake Boulevard
, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Archaeological Heritage Conservation in Luxor, Egypt

Thursday, June 16, 2011
The Beverly Hills Women’s Club
1700 Chevy Chase Drive, Beverly Hills, CA

The Emperor's Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City

Saturday, June 11, 2011 - Monday, September 12, 2011
The Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum Drive Milwaukee, WI 53202

WMF Britain Study Days: St Paul’s and the City Churches

Thursday, April 14, 2011
London, United Kingdom

Preserving and Presenting English Cathedrals

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Prior’s Hall, Winchester Cathedral
United Kingdom

Presentation of the 2010 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Museum of Modern Art
The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater) 4 West 54th St.

A Lecture by Jonathan Foyle, PhD

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wellesley College, Founders Hall 120
Free & Open to the Public

Delhi: A Living Heritage

Thursday, October 21, 2010 - Thursday, January 20, 2011
Main Exhibition Hall, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
11 Man Singh Road, New Delhi, 110011

2010 Hadrian Award Gala

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Reflection on Sacred Spaces, a Chautauqua 2010 Theme

Saturday, October 2, 2010
St. Cornelius Chapel, Governors Island
Governors Island, New York

Heritage Heroes

Saturday, June 19, 2010 - Sunday, August 1, 2010
BBC World News
Broadcast Worldwide

The Historic Center of Lima: Cultural Heritage at Risk

Thursday, April 29, 2010 - Saturday, May 8, 2010
University of Rome La Sapienza, Facoltà di Architettura "Valle Giulia"
Rome, Italy

Working in Mughal Paradise: Restoring Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi and Bagh-e Babur, Kabul

Monday, April 19, 2010
Dumbarton Oaks
1703 32nd Street, NW, Washington DC

Gil de Siloé’s Saint James: The Making of a Facsimile

Monday, March 22, 2010
Queen Sofia Spanish Institute
684 Park Avenue (68th St.), New York, NY

Treasures Along the Route of Santiago in Castilla y León

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - Monday, April 12, 2010
Queen Sofia Spanish Institute
684 Park Avenue (68th St.), New York, NY

2009 Hadrian Award Gala

Thursday, October 15, 2009
2009 Hadrian Gala a Great Success

Child of the Sun: Frank Lloyd Wright's Florida Southern College

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - Saturday, May 23, 2009
Charles Cowles Gallery
537 West 24th Street, New York City

A Hidden Heritage: Treasures of Japanese Imperial Convents

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - Sunday, June 14, 2009
The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
Ueno Park, Tokyo