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Modernism-by-the-Sea: Midcentury Architecture on the Monterey Bay

The midcentury heritage in the Monterey Bay is largely unaccounted for. This presentation delves into its rich architectural history through the works of some of its protagonists. $12 (1 hr)
Category: @Palm Springs, @CAMP Theater, Kid-Friendly Activity, Presentation, Talk



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The Monterey Peninsula is to Northern California as the Coachella Valley is to Southern California, with Carmel being a northern version of the Palm Springs retreat. From the early 20th century until today, the Monterey Bay region has been a primary destination for protagonists of the art world and the financial elite of the United States. This high-end tourism often ended up in legendary resorts in Big Sur such as Ventana, by midcentury modern architect Kipp Stewart, and the Esalen Institute by Mickey Muennig, the same architect of Post Ranch Inn. Its modern architecture and natural landscape were featured in movies such as in A Summer Place (1960), featuring the Walker House by Frank Lloyd Wright, The Sandpiper (1965), showing Nepenthe by Taliesin Fellow Rowan Maiden, and Play Misty for Me (1971) accounting for the bohemian artistic circle of Carmel and Monterey. This talk will tell the story of this artistic center through its midcentury architecture.

Pierluigi Serraino is a California registered architect and author of architectural history books and peer-reviewed articles on architectural design, architectural theory, professional practice, midcentury modern architecture, 20th century architecture, and architectural photography. His books include Modernism Rediscovered (Taschen, 2000), Eero Saarinen (Taschen, 2005), The Creative Architect (Monacelli Press, 2016), and Ezra Stoller: A Photographic History of Modern American Architecture (Phaidon, 2019). Serraino has written articles for Perspecta, The Architectural Review, Architectural Record, Architectural Design, Architecture + Urbanism (A+U), Journal of Architectural Education, and Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, among other magazines and academic journals.


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location 

CAMP Theater, 285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: 
Atkinson House, Big Sur, CA,. Gregory Ain, architect, Julius Shulman, photographer. Riebe Residence, Monterey, CA. Pierre Koenig, architect. Julius Shulman and Jurgen Nogai, photographer. Walker House, Carmel, CA. Frank Lloyd Wright, architect. Tim Griffith, photographer. Walker House, Carmel, CA. Frank Lloyd Wright, architect. Tim Griffith, photographer. 

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