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News – LB Architecture Week

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Modernism Week Festival to Offer 26 Talks and Presentations at the Annenberg Theater

Modernism Week, the annual festival that highlights midcentury modern architecture, art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area of Southern California, will offer 26 informative and entertaining talks, panel discussions, other presentations at various locations during the 11-day event that runs February 13-23, 2020. A distinguished array of speakers – all leaders in their fields – will share their knowledge and insights with Modernism Week audiences each day of the event. Tickets range from $12 – $65 for talks and panels. Tickets may be purchased at, and a portion of ticket proceeds benefit Modernism Week (a non-profit organization) and other local preservation, neighborhood and community groups.
Many presentations will take place at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum and other locations. Here are some highlights from the schedule of talks and presentations at the Annenberg Theater:
Keynote Speaker: Daniel Libeskind: Edge of Order
Architect, artist, professor, and set designer Daniel Libeskind will present the annual Modernism Week keynote address. “Architecture is the atmosphere, the story that has been created, and you’re part of it.” Internationally acclaimed architect Daniel Libeskind shares the incredible story of his architectural journey. (February 15, 1 PM, $45-$65).
Concurrent with the major Palm Springs Art Museum exhibition ‘Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe’ there are two presentations focused on Girard’s design legacy. Aleishall Girard Maxon and Kori Girard, Girard’s grandchildren and co-directors of the Girard Studio, will present ‘Alexander Girard: Collector and Selector’ (Feb. 17, 1 PM, $15), and renowned American fashion and lifestyle designer Todd Oldham will present a fast paced and visually entertaining talk, ‘Todd Oldham Loves Alexander Girard’ (Feb. 20, 3:30 PM, $35).
Three presentations will interest photography enthusiasts. Pierluigi Serraino and Erica Stoller will offer a presentation on American master Ezra Stoller with ‘Ezra Stoller: Midcentury Photographer of Architectural Excellence,’ (Feb. 19, 11 AM, $12). Through his photography, Darren Bradley will present the architectural legacy of Modernism architecture in ‘Columbus: Indiana’s Modernist Experiment,’ (Feb. 19, 9 AM $12). Acclaimed photographer Milton Greene is best known for his iconic photo sessions of Marilyn Monroe. His son, Joshua Greene, will present ‘Elegance: The World Through the Eyes of Milton H. Greene’ (Feb. 17, 3 PM, $12).
Author Dr. Elizabeth Otto investigates the untold behind-the-scenes stories of the 20th century’s most influential architecture and art movement in ‘Haunted Bauhaus: Spirit, Sex and Politics in the Design School You Thought You Knew’ (Feb. 14, 11 AM, $12).
This year there are two exciting presentations on Hollywood film design. Four-time Oscar nominated production designer Jeannine Oppewall will enlighten fans of her work on films such as L.A. Confidential, Catch Me If You Can and Pleasantville with her presentation ‘Midcentury Design on the Big Screen: Creating Worlds’ (Feb. 18, 1 PM, $12). KCRW personality Frances Anderton and the London-based designer behind the wildly popular website Film and Furniture will discuss films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner 2049 and The Shining in their presentation ‘Lights, Camera, Furniture! The Stories Behind Iconic Film Décor’ (Feb. 16, 1 PM, $15).
Two engaging panel discussions on design include ‘Partners in Design: Evelyn & Jerome Ackerman, An Intimate Look’ with Laura Ackerman-Shaw, daughter of the midcentury designers/artists, fashion designer Trina Turk, Gerard O’Brien, Peter Loughrey, Jo Lauria and Dale Gluckman (Feb. 20, 10 AM, $15). The legacy of beloved Palm Springs interior designer Steve Chase is the subject of ‘Steve Chase- An International Legacy’ with Katherine Plake Hough, Marybeth Norton, Annette Lerner and Eric Mueller (Feb. 20, 1 PM, $15).
Other exciting Modernism Week talks and presentations at the Annenberg Theatre location include:
TWA Hotel: Rebirth of a Modern Icon, Feb. 16, 9 AM, $15
The TWA Hotel now occupies Eero Saarinen’s splendidly restored 1962 TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, midcentury modernism’s great tribute to the golden age of air travel.
The Architecture of John Lautner and Helena Arahuete, Feb. 16, 11 AM, $15
Helena Arahuete, John Lautner’s longtime associate and project architect, is completing a full restoration of Lautner’s Bob Hope House. She discusses this project, Lautner, and her own work.
Where Today Meets Tomorrow – Eero Saarinen & the General Motors Technical Center, Feb. 17, 11 AM, $15
Susan Skarsgard weaves an insider’s account of the early days of General Motors, the initiation of the tech center project by Eliel Saarinen and its design and construction by Eero Saarinen in 1956.
Beyond the Orange Curtain: Modern Life, Work and Play in Orange County, Feb. 17, 2 PM, $15
Orange County steps out of Los Angeles’ shadow to reveal its unique treasure trove of midcentury modern architecture. Architect/historian Alan Hess leads a panel exploring this little-known but surprising frontier for Modernists to explore today.
The 1931 Aluminaire House and Palm Springs, Feb. 18, 9 AM, $12
The 1931 Aluminaire House arrived with great fanfare on Valentine’s Day, 2017. Alan Hess will discuss how important it is for Palm Springs to have this architectural icon located here.
Daughters of Design: Bertoia, Eames, and Saarinen, Feb. 18, 3 PM, $18
Daughters of Design: Celia Bertoia, Carla Hartman and Susan Saarinen, “compare chairs and childhoods” with an educational and entertaining presentation filled with stories, photos and memorabilia.
In addition to these talks, Modernism Week will feature two entertaining live evening programs:
Hollywood Revisited, Feb. 19, 6 PM, $55, $75
Palm Springs loves Hollywood glamour! By popular demand Hollywood Revisited returns with a new show, new costumes, some of the biggest hits from before and special guest, Richard Chamberlain.
Sunny Thompson: Hollywood Blondes, Feb. 16, 7 PM, $55, $75
Sunny Thompson, the star of the hit documentary film, ‘Becoming Marilyn Monroe’ and long running, award-winning stage play ‘Marilyn Forever Blonde,’ returns with her hit stage show ‘Hollywood Blondes.’
Additional talks and presentations will also be offered in an intimate theater setting at CAMP, Modernism Week’s headquarters for tours and events. CAMP will be at 575 North Palm Canyon Drive in the Uptown Design District. Public programs run daily at CAMP, February 14-23 and are available for sale at
Modernism Week’s signature 11-day event will take place February 13-23, 2019. To receive updates, visit and sign up for Modernism Weekly, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Art Deco Architecture in Long Beach, CA

I recently boarded a double decker red bus for a tour of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne style architecture as part of the Long Beach Architecture Week.  Our guide was the expert on Art Deco in Long Beach, John Thomas and I even got a signed copy of his book on the subject.

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The Art Deco style, which began to appear at the end of the 1920’s and early 1930’s, evolved primarily from the Paris Exhibition of 1925 called the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes (if you are reading my other posts, you may be noticing a theme involving the relationship between Art and Architecture in Paris and Southern California!). King Tut’s tomb had been discovered just a few years earlier and by 1925, “Egypt-mania” had swept the world.  Much of the style found at the Paris Exhibition included motifs from what was found inside the tomb: rams heads, scrolling ferns, flora and fauna, zig-zag chevron patterns, decorated columns and so forth. Almost simultaneously, a new style of architecture called “Streamline Moderne” emerged, as designers were inspired by the rapid pace of technology in the development of cars, ships and trains.  Finally, “PWA Moderne” was the name given in retrospect to modernistic public buildings designed by Depression-era architects funded by the PWA in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The PWA was a New Deal Program created by the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 to invest money into the construction of Public Works. The Long Beach Post Office is a good example of this style.


Radio Guest List — Pacific Visions at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California — June 8, 2019

Sal Flores, Founder and Editor of Long Beach Home & Living Magazine, reveals why he moved to Long Beach, his dad’s reservations about the city and the renaissance that it’s going through now. He speaks about the young and diverse demographic moving to Long Beach, how it’s become a progressive town, and why it’s no longer, in his words, “Los Angeles’ ugly stepsister.” Sal also expands on Long Beach’s iconic architecture and landmarks and tells the story of some of the city’s hidden treasures. Sal speaks about working with the city and the significance of Long Beach Architecture Week.


PODCAST: Charles Phoenix loves Long Beachland!

On Episode #1 of CAN YOU HEAR ME, LONG BEACH? pop culture anthropologist/architectural historian/entertainer Charles Phoenix talks about his upcoming Long Beachland show at the Art Theatre, part of Architecture Week, and why he loves everything about Long Beach… yes, even the Queen Mary. (Two words: Drink tickets!)


5 design things to do this week: May 27 – June 2, 2019

This week, you can: Learn about traditional Zapotec weaving; watch a film about iconic ’70s designer Halston; celebrate the history and architecture of Long Beach; see how local DTLA makers make it; and hear architecture critic Paul Goldberger talk about the connection between ballparks, cities and culture.



Long Beach to celebrate Architecture Week

Is it possible that long suffering Long Beach is one of the most architecturally interesting cities in California? It seems that groups within the city are rediscovering their grand past and will stage Long Beach Architecture Week May 31 to June 9.

According to Dan O’Brien, a spokesman for Long Beach Home+Living, a series of pre-celebration events are already underway in advance of the celebration.

According to experts, at the turn of the 20th century, the city of Long Beach sported one of the state’s longest and most beautiful beaches. Moreover, the city was fortunate to house some of the great early Art-Deco architects, responsible for many unique period structures that are still in use today.

According to Communications Director Amanda Fruta, “there is something for everyone at the 1st annual Long Beach Architecture Week.”

In addition to O’Brien, a pre-event gathering featured John Thomas, a prominent Art Deco consultant for the Queen Mary, Dr. Brian Trimble, Founder of the Modern Architecture Tour of the CSULB University Art Museum, Cheryl Perry, president of the Long Beach Heritage, Joe Harding, East Village Association President and Dr. Norbert Schurer, Architectural Professor Cal State Long Beach.



Long Beach Architecture Week Explores History

The Lafayette at 140 Linden Ave., was built in 1929 featuring Art Deco style architecture. But you probably already knew that.

But what you probably didn’t know was…

• It was originally built as a hotel and was owned by the Hilton family (yes, those Hiltons).

• The hotel became the first condo conversion on the West Coast in 1972.

• The Inn of Long Beach was part of the Lafayette Hotel and was used to house the Miss Universe Pageant contestants when it took place here from 1954-1958.

The hotel was the starting point last week as organizers and collaborators announced the first Long Beach Architecture Week (LBAW) to take place May 31 to June 9 at various venues in downtown Long Beach.

Sal Flores, along with Brian Trimble and Dan O’Brien, are the co-organizers of the event. Flore, founder and publisher of the Long Beach Home + Living magazine, had been thinking about doing an issue on the architecture of Long Beach. But beyond the magazine, the trio discussed how the city was changing — from an architectural perspective.



Art deco design, historical Long Beach tours highlight Architecture Week

The Lafayette, along with a number of other buildings and homes, will be featured during Long Beach Architecture Week, hosted by Long Beach Home + Living magazine through May 31 until June 9.

Architecture Week — in its inaugural year — will include tours, events and educational opportunities covering sustainability, restoration and new ideas for design regarding architecture.

he event is for “architecture and city of Long Beach enthusiasts,” according to their website. Some of the events include exploring landscape and building designs on the Cal State Long Beach campus, discussions about the renewal of urban spaces, and a historical tour of Long Beach that offers access to spaces in the city that aren’t normally accessible to the public, according to their information page.



Long Beach Home + Living inaugurates Long Beach Architecture Week

There’s something for everyone with ten days of events including a series of diverse architectural tours, free educational opportunities, community partner pop-up programs (TBA), and behind the scenes trips into active conservation sites. Endorsed by Mayor Robert Garcia and Arts Council for Long Beach Director Griselda Suarez, among others, Long Beach Architecture Week showcases architectural jewels and landmarks by the sea; promotes preservation, sustainability, and new ideas; and most importantly, gives back to the community. Partial proceeds of all events benefit Long Beach Heritage, a nonprofit organization which advocates and educates about the integral role of architectural heritage and historic places in the city’s unique character and future development.