Feb 20, 2017
The 865-acre Gardens of El Pedregal, begun in Mexico City in 1945, stands as the pivotal work of Mexicos most significant modern architect, Luis Barragn, recipient of the 1980 Pritzker Prize. Located at the citys southern edge, within an ancient and forbidding volcanic landscape, El Pedregal was an upscale residential subdivision made of minimalist modern houses, winding walled streets, fountains, plazas and wild, rocky gardens. Along with the contemporaneous University City immediately to its east, El Pedregal was the most widely published and praised Mexican architectural project of the 1940s and 50, hailed around the world as a distinctly regional modern architecture. Real estate advertisements called it el lugar ideal para vivir, the ideal place to live, and though much about it has changed over time, it remains one of the capitals most desirable neighborhoods, home to the citys and the nations elite.
Keith Eggener will explore the history and significance, architecture and imagery (including houses and gardens by Barragn, Max Cetto, and Francisco Artigas, and photos by Armando Salas Portugal), of this landmark work of midcentury modern design.
Keith Eggener, Ph.D is the Marion D. Ross Distinguished Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon and author of Luis Barragns Gardens of El Pedregal (Princeton Architectural Press) and of numerous articles and essays on Mexican and U.S. art, architecture, landscape and urban design.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office adjacent to the museum's North Parking Lot.