California Modern: Schindler, Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, and More with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

California Modern: Schindler, Neutra, Charles and Ray Eames, and More with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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This seminar examines iconic architectural works and development projects built between the 1920s and 1960s by Charles and Ray Eames, Joseph Eichler, Albert Frey, Pierre Koenig, John Lautner, Richard Neutra, and Rudolph Schindler.

Celebrating the elegance achieved through materials such as glass, steel, and concrete, this seminar focuses primarily on residential architecture in and around Los Angeles. We will take a closer look at examples such as the Case Study House Program initiated by John Entenza in 1945, and lesser-known works.

Examining how the open plans of these homes reflect the indoor-outdoor living patterns of the patrons who commissioned them, we will explore the influences on and training of these architects and their legacy. Moreover, we will consider how these striking and elegant residences were disseminated through architectural publications and, in particular, documentation by legendary architectural photographer Julius Shulman.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art and architecture, Dr. Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will visit breathtaking and innovative structures in and around Los Angeles. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation for the uniqueness and beauty of California modernism.

This conversation is part of a series on architects with Dr. Jennie Hirsh. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.

Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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