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Modernism Week in Palm Springs

Raymond Loewy House, 1947, Albert Frey, architect; Julius Shulman, photographer

What is Modernism Week?

Modernism Week is an exciting 11-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, and culture in Palm Springs, California. This design aesthetic originated in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, and was typified by clean, simple lines which came to define desert modernism. Modernism Week is filled with a variety of events including architectural tours, films, lectures, an architectural symposium, educational events, and chic, fun parties in cool mid-century modern homes and boutique hotels.

An Invitation from USC:
Reflections of Mid-Century Modernism
Weekend Symposia and special tours in Palm Springs

The USC Architectural Guild invites you to a weekend experience of Reflections of Mid-Century Modernism. We welcome you to share in a truly unique weekend hosted by Dean Qingyun Ma, fully exploring, investigating, and celebrating Sunnylands, A.Q. Jones, architecture, and the value of historic preservation.

The former winter estate of two of America’s leading philanthropists, Walter and Leonore Annenberg,The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands spans 200 acres of lush landscape surrounding the historic home and the new Sunnylands Center & Gardens. Designed by Los Angeles architects A. Quincy Jones—-professor and former dean of the USC School of Architecture—-and Frederick Fisher, respectively, both the historic and contemporary buildings are enhanced by a cultural landscape that reflects differing views of an oasis in the desert.

Three Days of Events: Friday, February 24th – Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Friday Afternoon & Evening
Exclusive tour and program of new Sunnylands Center & Gardens, scheduled for public opening March 1, 2012. Guided tour of Historic Estate with a sunset reception at historic Annenberg residence and dinner at the new center.

Saturday Symposium
“Conserving Modernism: Celebrating Sunnylands and A. Quincy Jones” at Palm Springs Art Museum, featuring architect Frederick Fisher, architectural historian and author David De Long, among others.

Saturday Evening
Reception at BougainVilla, designed by William Burgess and Albert Frey.

Sunday Morning
Special Tour and talk at residence designed by Palm Springs modernist architect, William Krisel.

Accommodations (optional) at Hotel Zoso
$750 single / $1250 single (with hotel)
$1500 double / $2000 double (with hotel)

Learn more at  http://www.modernismweek.com/


LA City Center Going Strong in 2012!

2012 is looking to be a busy and exciting year for the Los Angeles City Center!

On February 15th we resume our fantastic Speaker Series with Liesbet Trappenberg. This session’s topic “From Crisis To Opportunity: How To Attract Your Ideal Client or Job” is not only timely but also relevant and should not be missed!

We will also be holding an open City Center Committee meeting Feb 8th during which we will be planning all of the year’s upcoming events; Sample Swap, Artwalk, Student Exhibition, Haunt and more! We are in need of more volunteers to keep up the momentum of last year’s  fantastic, hardworking City Center committee members; Alexis Dennis (Gensler), Constance Foster (Inscape Solutions), Ed Melgar (Wirt), Hana Dorani (Sidemark), Kam Kamran (JLL), Kaylee Moroski (Herman Miller), Karina Silva (Wolcott), Kelsey Sebastian (Teknion), Lindsey Sage (Tangram Studios), Michelle Marotta (Cuningham Group), Nicole Smith (Gensler), Niki Valdes (Arcadia Contract), Pam Neiman (Neiman Studios), Sarah Glass (System Source) and Tiffany Fairbrother (System Source).

If the above reasons aren’t enough to get you interested in joining City Center here are a few more reasons from City Center volunteer Tiffany Fairbrother, a designer at System Source!

1. Be a part of and lead a tightly knit team of talented, intelligent people who are passionate about the Design Industry.

2. Gain knowledge and experience with event management and planning.

3. Gain industry wide exposure and recognition.

4. Make new friends, connections and relationships.

5. To have FUN!

Please contact City Center Director’s Kathleen Selke Kathleen_selke@geigerintl.com or Darcy Royalty droyalty@dlrgroup.com with questions or to join City Center!

Kathleen Selke,  Industry IIDA
Geiger International