Please join us on Saturday October 1st, 2011 for a tour of the Shindler House and a view of the MAK center Exhibit Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design.
The exhibit is part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative of the Getty; More than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, are coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011.
The Exhibit -:Sympathetic Seeing exhibition is the first to focus on the formidable range of architectural historian Esther McCoy's practice, and affirm her unassailable role as a key figure in American modernism. Co-curators writer Susan Morgan and MAK Center director Kimberli Meyer have worked closely with the Esther McCoy papers–an invaluable primary source comprised of thousands of documents and photographs–housed at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, as well as local archives. Through photographs, drawings, texts, videos, and audio interviews, Sympathetic Seeing will highlight the extraordinary range and importance of McCoy’s work. The exhibition covers McCoy’s activist journalism focusing on fair labor practices and Los Angeles slum clearances in the 1930s; her work with Schindler first as a draftsperson and later a critic and historian of his work; the Arts & Architecture magazine years and the rise of innovative domestic architecture; her campaign to save Irving Gill’s 1916 Dodge House; and her always incisive stories that deliver an irresistibly compelling, first-hand view of American modernism.'
The Exhibit is in the Shindler House: By viewing the exhibit we can tour the Shindler House -
About the Architect: R.M. Schindler (1887-1953) was born in Vienna, where he studied under architects Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright's 1910 Wasmuth portfolio, he came to Chicago in 1914 and began to work for Wright in 1918. Wright sent him to Los Angeles in 1920 to supervise the construction of the Hollyhock House for Aline Barnsdall. Schindler established his practice there in 1922 with his own Kings Road House —Shindler House was designed as live-work space for two couples with a shared kitchen and an apartment for guests. Schindler’s work focused on the integration of interior space and exterior space using complex interlocking volumes and strongly articulated sections. He designed over 400 projects, 150 of which were built during his career. These consisted largely of low-cost single family houses for progressive clients. Although the materials and vocabulary of Schindler's work changed during the span of his career, his principles of design and spatial characteristics were consistent throughout his work. This is true even as his spatial ideas evolved in his late work, including the translucent houses of the mid-1940s to early-1950s.
After we view the Exhibit and Tour the house we will have Lunch at Cafe Midi on La Brea, in West LA.
Cafe Midi Info:
Address: 148 South La Brea Avenue -Los Angeles, CA 90036-2910
Phone: (323) 939-9860
Then if anyone has the the time we can pass by the A +D Museum and view the "EAMES Words" Exhibit -
Tickets to the Shindler House are 7$ - For more info you can visit http://www.makcenter.org/MAK_General_Info.php
See you there-