Feb 23, 2017
We think we know what California Modern architecture is, but the full story is only beginning to be told. Modernism began with the innovations of Irving Gill, the Greene brothers, and Bernard Maybeck around 1900, not with the importation of the International Style in the 1920s. A spirit of experiment in California continued throughout the twentieth century, not only in the work of Richard Neutra and R. M. Schindler, but with a host of architects who have not (until recently) become better known: Wayne McAllister and his streamline drive-ins and California Coffee Shops; Paul Laszlo, Jock Peters, Paul Frankl and their interiors and furniture; large corporate firms like Morgan Walls & Clements, Pereira and Luckman, Welton Becket Assoc., A.C. Martin Assoc. and Victor Gruen Assoc. who redefined center city and suburban architecture. Beyond the well-publicized Case Study House Program, residential innovations by Organic architects like Aaron Green and John Lautner, and visionary architects like Jack Hillmer, Ray Kappe, Lutah Maria Riggs, Lloyd Ruocco, William Cody and Cliff May offered new ways of living. All this was enabled as a result of Californias growing population, economic diversity, media infrastructure and technological advances.
This talk will share some of the insights gathered by Pierluigi Serraino and Alan Hess in their upcoming book, California Modern Architecture 1900-1975, piecing together a fuller, more accurate view of Californias creativity and innovations throughout the 20th century.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office adjacent to the museum's North Parking Lot.