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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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Feb182010

Julius Shulman - Tribute

Masterful in front of an audience, this prodigious talent’s legacy will continue
to draw crowds´╗┐


By Christopher James Alexander

-Curator of Architecture and Design
Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

The Chuey House designed by Richard Neutra in 1956 and photographed by Julius Shulman in the same year. Gelatin silver print © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute (2004.R.10)Visitors to Julius Shulman Photography exhibitions tend to be a bit boisterous. They exclaim, sigh, and holler at their friends across the room. They point and excitedly lean into the framed images, inadvertently leaving smeared fingerprints and nose smudges on the protective glass. It’s not their fault. They can’t help themselves. Exploring Shulman’s captivating photos is an interactive experience.

For a curator like me, this lively gallery atmosphere is exhilarating. When the two Shulman exhibitions that Wim de Wit and I curated and organized with our Getty colleagues were on view, I enjoyed some of the most entertaining and enlightening anecdotes, while unabashedly eavesdropping on visitors in the gallery. People would linger in front of Shulman’s historic photographs and marvel at the inventive architecture, elegant fashions, sleek automobiles and bygone neighborhood vistas framed by his lens. Parents asked their young children how they thought it would feel to live in a transparent, steel and glass home or sleep perched atop the city in John Lautner’s futuristic Chemosphere. Groups of women reflected on blissful afternoons spent shopping at the Bullock’s Wilshire department store, in order to find the perfect dress for a special occasion. Couples happily reminisced about seeing Lawrence of Arabia at S. Charles Lee’s spectacular Academy Theater. Through his precise combination of intuitive timing, distinctive camera angles, and alluring, staged narratives, Shulman not only created some of the most famous photographs in architectural history; he developed compelling images that continue to viscerally connect with people on complex levels.

Shulman’s passion, innovative methods, and unwavering business acumen propelled a prodigious career. He was a self-proclaimed “merchandiser” and took great pride in employing every tool in his photographic arsenal, in order to present a structure in its most engaging light. Over seventy years, he steadily created one of the most comprehensive and meticulously organized visual chronologies of modern architecture.

Shulman’s iconic photographs of L.A.’s dazzling residences established the world’s vision of the glamorous Southern California lifestyle. In reality, however, the majority of this area’s residents found such radically redefined homes unappealing and relatively few of these progressive structures were ever built. While his international reputation expanded as a result of his images of modernist landmarks, his business grew by photographing all well-designed building styles, regardless of aesthetics, scale, or the occupants’ taste in furniture.

While delving into his massive, 70,000-print archive, I discovered a photograph of a tract home with an interior décor that would have made Shulman’s first and most critical client, Richard Neutra, break out into hives. Thinking I had unearthed an image that Shulman would have preferred to expunge from his venerated portfolio, I silently slid the print across the table during a Getty oral history, and braced myself for his reaction. Instead of cringing, he confidently declared that he loved this domestic design, thought the clunky and awkward ceiling chandelier was beautiful, and vividly recalled that the metal kitchen table chairs were exceedingly comfortable. He was an ardent, infallible, and unflappable businessman to the end.

Thanks to the caring, astute, and patient support of his daughter and business colleagues, Shulman enjoyed an inspiringly prolific final decade. Following Hollywood’s cues, he became a star who eagerly embraced and consciously amplified his growing mass appeal. He loved the bright lights and attention and was masterful in front of an audience. After the numerous exhibition-related events we presented, Shulman would walk offstage, give me a wink and a sly grin, and say, “We put on a good show, didn’t we.” He relished lecturing, cajoling, and entertaining the crowds, and like all gifted legends, left his adoring fans wishing for more.

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