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LACMA California Design Symposium Details

Schedule of events for the two day symposium on California Design at LACMA

Friday | February 24, 2012 

10 AM
Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Opening Remarks
Wendy Kaplan and Bobbye Tigerman
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

10:30 AM
California Modernism North and South:
Two Regions, One Reality
Pierluigi Serraino, independent scholar

11:15 AM
Modernism at the Beaux-Arts Ball: The Architecture of the San Francisco World’s Fair of 1939
Andrew Shanken, UC Berkeley

12–12:15 PM Break

12:15 PM
The Arts of Daily Living: Modernism and  the Los Angeles County Fair, 1954
Monica Penick, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1 PM
Lunch and exhibition viewing

2: 30 PM
College Art Association (CAA)
Centennial Session: Connections: Architecture and Design in Los Angeles at Mid-century 

Changing Taste: LA Architects Promote Modernism
Wim de Wit, Getty Research Institute

Panel Discussion
Louis Danziger, graphic designer
Ray Kappe, architect
Gere Kavanaugh, designer
Ruth Weisberg, moderator
Bobbye Tigerman, discussant

5 PM
Reception and exhibition viewing followed by keynote panel discussion

7 PM
A Keynote Panel Discussion: Blurring the Boundaries: California Design and Contemporary Art
Jim Isermann, artist
Jorge Pardo, artist
Pae White, artist
Frances Anderton, moderator and host of DnA: Design and Architecture on KCRW

*Admission to the keynote panel is included in the symposium ticket. Attending the evening keynote only is free, but a ticket is required.

Saturday | February 25, 2012 

9:30 AM
Scandinavian Design Comes To California: Humanism, Art and Technology
Nina Stritzler-Levine, Bard Graduate Center

10:15 AM
Richard Neutra: Mystery and Realities of the Site
Marc Treib, UC Berkeley

11–11:30 AM

11:30 AM
Warren McArthur in Los Angeles
Donald Albrecht, Museum of the City of New York

12:15 PM
Beyond (and Before) Eames: The Reinvention of Plywood
Christopher Wilk, Victoria & Albert Museum

1 PM
Lunch and exhibition viewing

2:30 PM
“We Live a Normal, Natural Life”: Aliso Village, Los Angeles and the Promise of Racially Integrated, Modern Living
Elizabeth St. George, Bard Graduate CenterCrossing Paths: African-American Designers and Craftspeople in Los Angeles
Staci Steinberger, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

3:45–4 PM Break

4 PM
Wake-up Call: California Design after 1965
Glenn Adamson, Victoria & Albert Museum


Two-day pass: $25 general admission; $15 LACMA members; free for students with ID and College Art Association members. One-day pass: $15 general admission; $10 LACMA members; free for students with ID and College Art Association members. Symposium tickets include museum general admission. For tickets, call 323 857-6010 or go to

To make a reservation for the free Friday evening keynote panel, call 323 857-6010 or go to

For more information, email



California Design Symposium at LACMA

New Narratives
for “Living in a Modern Way”

Two days of fascinating discussions, talks, and panels about
California Design at LACMA!

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Bing Theater
Friday, February 24 | 10 am–5 pm with keynote panel at 7 pm
Saturday, February 25 | 9:30 am–5 pm

Chaired by Wendy Kaplan and Bobbye Tigerman, co-curators of the current LACMA exhibition California Design 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way,” this two-day symposium features internationally renowned scholars who will examine the exhibition’s themes by presenting detailed case studies and new narratives. The event also includes a session co-sponsored by the College Art Association that explores the interconnected networks of architecture and design in mid-century Los Angeles, with designers Gere Kavanaugh and Lou Danziger (whose work is included in the exhibition) and architect Ray Kappe. An evening keynote panel with artists Jim Isermann, Jorge Pardo, and Pae White considers the impact and legacy of modern California design on contemporary practice.

Presenters include Glenn Adamson, Victoria & Albert Museum; Donald Albrecht, Museum of the City of New York; Monica Penick, University of Wisconsin-Madison; architect Pierluigi Serraino; Andrew Shanken, UC Berkeley; Elizabeth St. George, Bard Graduate Center; Staci Steinberger, LACMA; Nina Stritzler-Levine, Bard Graduate Center; Marc Treib, UC Berkeley; Ruth Weisberg, USC; Christopher Wilk, Victoria & Albert Museum; Wim de Wit, Getty Research Institute.

Two-day pass: $25 general admission; $15 LACMA members; free to students with ID and College Art Association members
One-day pass: $15 general admission; $10 LACMA members; free to students with ID and College Art Association members

Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online | All symposium tickets include museum general admission

For the complete program and more information, visit

This symposium was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and made possible by ­­the Karsh Family Foundation and the Boardman Family Foundation.

The Legacy of the California Design Exhibitions

Exhibition Discussion:

The Legacy of the California Design Exhibitions

November 12 | 9:30 am–4 pm

Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with the Craft and Folk Art Museum and the Craft in America Study Center, this all-day program explores the rich heritage of the California Design exhibitions held at the Pasadena Art Museum between 1954 and 1976. It includes panel discussions with curators and artists involved in the exhibitions, as well as screenings of period and recent documentaries.  Attendees may visit California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way” at LACMA and the related Golden State of Craft exhibition across the street at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Bing Theater | Free, no reservations
For more information click here. 

Photograph caption:
Miller Yee Fong  for Tropi-Cal
Lotus chair, 1968
Rattan, wrought iron
LACMA, Gift of Fong Brothers Co., M.2010.171
Photo © 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA

Kem Weber and John Kapel on Unframed

In the second edition of “For Your Eyes Only” an article featured on LACMA’s Blog, Unframed, Bobbye Tigerman,  Associate Curator, Decorative Arts and Design, “unlocks, turns over and opens two works that are normally hidden from view”.

This edition features two California Designs:
Kem Weber desk from 1938
John Kapel crystal cabinet

Unframed is a blog of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art intended to create a conversation about the art and artists of LACMA, Los Angeles, and Southern California.

Revive Japan: Japanese Tea Bowl Fundraiser

Hand-made ceramic Japanese tea bowls for $20 each.

Over 100 artists, local + across the country,are showcasing their work.

100% Volunteers.

100% Hand-made.

100% Proceeds to Japan.

Where: Peter Shire’s Echo Park Studio
1850 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

Buy a bowl + get free drinks served in your bowl!
Friday, May 6: 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Come + partake in a traditional Japanese tea service.
Saturday, May 7: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Make sure you check out the Revive Japan: Japanese Tea Bowl Fundraiser Facebook page for future events!

Can’t make it this weekend? Next ceramic sale ——->

Saturday, May 14th: Heath Ceramics LA: Ceramics Sale
Noon – 5pm
(can’t wait!)

LAMA Booth at LA Modernism 2011

One of the many highlights in the LAMA booth at the LA Modernism 2011 show was this Raymond Parker painting from 1959. “Black, Brown and Beige” evokes the New York Abstract Expressionism style, as seen in works by similar artists such as Adolf Gottlieb and Mark Rothko.

LAMA at LA Modernism Show

We are excited to be in the front booth at the LA Modernism Show this weekend at the Santa Monica Barker Hangar! Come out and see what Peter is gonna bring for sale this weekend…

The show will feature over 65 exhibitors of 20th century furniture, decorative and fine arts from across the U.S. and Europe

SHOW & SALE | April 30-May 1, 2011

Weekend show hours:
Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Weekend admission $15

Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Air Center (NEW LOCATION!)

For more info check out the LA Modernism Show website.