Progressive Layers

Apr 8, 2013 11:52PM

"Los Angeles' ability to facilitate change, recalibrate, experiment, and forge ahead is one of its greatest strengths. Its rich history reveals the fact that future generations of nimble minds will continue to harness the region's enviable resources to create progressive layers of architectural innovations."

"The gradual appreciation of modernism in Los Angeles is visible not simply in the creation of modern architecture, but in its reception and promotion. The Case Study House program, which encouraged people to discover firsthand that modern architecture, especially the kinds with factory-produced parts, would not necessarily be experienced as impersonal or cold. Through open houses, promotion in Arts & Architecture and other magazines, the public came admire modern design. Photographer Julius Shulman was a particularly powerful figure in the architectural world and his striking images of Case Study and other modern homes still resonate today."

--Wim deWit, head of Contemporary Art & Architecture at the Getty Research Institute and co-curator of Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940 - 1990, currently on view at the Getty Museum.


Top: Will Connell (American, 1898-1961), Electrical Transmission Towers, ca. 1935. Gelatin silver print, 50.8 x 40.6 cm, Studio City, collection of Stephen White.

Bottom: Case Study House No. 22 by Pierre KoenigPhoto by Julius Shulman, 1960Gelatin silver print25.2 x 20.1 cm (9 15/16 x 7 15/16 in.)© J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute