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From Googie to Gehry
February 23, 2018 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am |
“From Googie to Gehry” examines the formal and theoretical inventions pioneered in California Modernism and their subsequent connections to many of the works of well-known contemporary firms located in Los Angeles. Relatively little notice has been made of the direct stylistic relationship between the buildings of Thom Mayne, Patrick Tighe, Michael Rotondi, Eric Owen Moss, and Frank Gehry and their precedents in the work of famous “Googie” firms such as Ahmet and Davis, Wayne McAllister and Paul Clayton.
Affinities include an embracing of experimentation, a keen interest in the relationship of architecture and the commercial, and of course the interaction of “indoors and outdoors” only possible in the mild California climate.
Christopher Mount is a curator, writer, professor and a private dealer specializing in 20th/21st century architecture and design. He most recently curated the exhibition, “A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California,” at MoCA and was a curator at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, for many years.
William Menking is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Architect’s Newspaper as well as an architectural historian, writer, critic, educator and curator of architecture and urbanism.