Feb 24, 2017
Modernism Week is proud to present a new documentary that celebrates the midcentury modern art and architecture of Claremont, California, just one hour west of Palm Springs.
Richard Neutra, Cliff May, Edward Durell Stone; these are just some of the worlds most renown architects represented in Claremont. This new documentary shows how, during its emergence as a major art center in the years following WW II, the town of Claremont became a hotbed of modern architecture. Post-and-beam construction, flat or low-pitched roofs, open planning, extensive use of glass, easy indoor-outdoor flow, integrated atriums and patios and careful attention to landscape design typify the modern architecture produced in the Pomona Valley in the postwar period. In addition to the architects noted above, also represented in Claremont are midcentury modernists Foster Rhodes Jackson, Theodore Criley, Jr., Fred McDowell, Everett Tozier, John Lautner, Lewis Crutcher, and Carl Troedsson, as well as Millard Sheets, who blazed an alternative path in modern architecture. As seen in the work of Sheets, and as told in this new feature-length documentary, the interplay of art and architecture became a prominent and distinguishing feature of Claremont Modernism.
Following the film will be a Q&A with filmmaker, Paul Bockhurst, Claremont Heritage Director David Shearer and historian Alan Hess.
Produced by Paul Bockhorst Productions in cooperation with Claremont Heritage. 90 minutes. Paul Bockhurst Productions. To see a trailer of this film, please visithttps://youtu.be/4bM0GW1NomQ.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office adjacent to the museum's North Parking Lot.