Orange County resident, Helena Modjeska, was not just a famous Shakespearean actress whose treasured home, “Arden,” is a National Landmark and county historic site. She was also a talented illlustrator and storyteller who created a beautiful story book for her grandson in 1896. The book was recently given to the University of California at Irvine Special Collections and Archives and will be exhibited at the Laguna Art Museum starting March 3, 2019.
From the famous church in The Graduate to the Norton Simon Museum, Ladd & Kelsey, Architects were the maestros behind some fo the most famous ‘60s and ‘70s landmarks in Southern California. Ladd & Kelsey’s lack of inclusion in today’s architectural discourse and popular media is in striking contrast to their accomplished body of work that has left a lasting impact on California Modernism and the USC style.
The panel discussion moderated by noted architect and historian, Alan Hess, will include Linda Dishman, president and CEO, LA Conservancy; Kevin Lane, CEO, Placewares Projects and curator of the exhibit, Ladd & Kelsey: Noble Places; South Bay architect, Joe Spierer; and Wayne Thom, architectural photographer.
For more information about the Ladd & Kelsey building in Orange County, known as the Stuft Shirt (now A’maree’s Boutique), please click here.
Presented at the University of California Riverside- Palm Desert Center, Palm Desert, CA, this is a traveling photographic exhibition, dedicated to the life and work of Dan Kiley (1912-2004). Kiley's most famous work in California is probably the Oakland Museum of California where he worked with architects, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates. But Kiley was one of the nation’s most important post-War landscape architects. During his prolific career, which spanned more than half a century, he worked with equally significant architects, including Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn, and I.M. Pei, to create internationally acknowledged Modernist masterpieces. Read on about the exhibit and see the online exhibition.
More about Dan Kiley: "A Great Yet Little Known Modernist," Huff Post, 2017.
This exhibition is a partnership between the Heritage Museum of Orange County, and Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History Project at the University of California.
Vietnamese Americans have lived in extraordinary times, surviving war, displacement, and resettlement. The BUILDING COMMUNITIES: The Vietnamese American Experience exhibition remembers the past and captures the transformation of Vietnamese communities in the U.S., the largest outside of Vietnam. This history exhibition presents snapshots of dynamic and vibrant communities.
Since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975, significant numbers of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants have arrived in this country and the population now comprises approximately two million. The stories in this exhibition present the complexities of their experiences before the war, roles during the war, paths of escape and resettlement, and contemporary lives in the U.S.
Many Vietnamese were forced to destroy their family documents, photographs, and mementos in order to survive, while others lost these materials during the chaos of war and evacuation. The rare artifacts and photographs along with the narratives on display illustrate the different immigration paths, occupations, family histories, and perspectives of the population and show there is no singular Vietnamese American experience. As viewers engage the oral histories and histories on display, we hope they will gain a more in-depth understanding of America’s diversity.
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