From UC Davis to the National Mall: Key architecture projects this fall [excerpt]
By Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic
September 9, 2016, 9:00AM
Some promising works to read and watch for this fall, including a pleasant discovery at UC Davis:
Sept. 23: “Irving J. Gill: New Architecture for a Great Country”
This exhibition at the San Diego History Center is but one part of an ambitious, sprawling tribute to the pioneering California architect; it also includes shows at the Oceanside Museum of Art, the La Jolla Historical Society and the Barona Cultural Center & Museum, among others. Despite a fair amount of scholarly and critical attention over the years — including a fine 2000 biography by the architectural historian Thomas Hines, who will be lecturing on the architect at UC Santa Barbara on Sept. 17 — Gill remains hugely under-appreciated, a figure who was producing ruthlessly spare, flat-roofed modern houses and apartment blocks as early (and expertly) as any member of the more famous Bauhaus school in Germany. You could even say he is the architect most directly responsible — more than R.M. Schindler, Richard Neutra or any of the Case Study crowd — for the character of Southern California modernism.
Through March 31. 1649 El Prado, Suite No. 3, Balboa Park, San Diego. $6-$10. (619) 232- 6203, sandiegohistory.org, Information on the series of exhibitions and events at irvingjgill.org.
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