Thanks to a recent NHPRC grant, USC Libraries archivists are processing the papers of mid-century architect Edward H. Fickett FAIA. The project will make available a wealth of historic photographs and drawings revealing Fickett's vision for buildings that have become emblems of Southern California architecture and mid-century living. Keep reading for 1954 photographs of the Hollywood Riviera apartments by George de Gennaro and the latest project updates.
Art & Architecture
On Friday, February 28, the USC Libraries present Subversive Works/Sustainable Art—a workshop, panel discussion, and exhibition exploring the artistry and social vision of Latin America's book-making traditions. Keep reading to learn more about the Visions & Voices event.
Librarian Ruth Wallach discusses the history and architecture of Los Angeles' Miracle Mile district—the subject of Wallach's new book—in a new series of videos produced by the Miracle Mile Residential Association. The three-part series features Wallach, head of USC's Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library, in conversation with Greg Goldin, the noted architecture critic who recently co-curated Never Built: Los Angeles at the Architecture and Design Museum. Click through to watch the videos.
Opening Friday, January 24, in USC's Doheny Memorial Library, a new exhibition showcases creative ways to visualize and conceptualize the heavens. Collecting the Cosmos features several unique and innovative creations, along with rare items from the USC Libraries' Special Collections. RSVP for the opening reception, which the USC Libraries host on January 24 at 5:30 p.m., or keep reading to learn more about the exhibition.
A new book by the USC Libraries' Ruth Wallach explores the history and architectural legacy of L.A.'s Miracle Mile district. Published by History Press, Miracle Mile in Los Angeles: History and Architecture features images from the USC Libraries' Special Collections and includes a detailed, block-by-block walking tour of the Miracle Mile's most significant architecture. Keep reading to learn more about the book and Wallach's previous publishing credits.
This week, the Legatum Institute and the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study at the USC Libraries present Weimar Exiles in Los Angeles: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Opportunity in a New Cultural Frontier. The three-day symposium explores the legacy of German artists and intellectuals who fled Europe for the sanctuary of Los Angeles in the years before and during World War II. Twenty core participants, selected through a competitive process open to students and accomplished young professionals, will explore issues of liberty and responsibility, creativity and commerce through the lens of history, focusing on the experiences of filmmaker Billy Wilder, author Thomas Mann, and composer Arnold Schoenberg. Weimar Exiles in Los Angeles takes place August 28-30 on the USC University Park Campus and at Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades. Keep reading to learn more about the symposium.
“Author Author,” a new exhibition in Doheny Library, features the work of Michael Childers, who has photographed a wide range of artists over the course of his career. On display are intimate portraits of such well-known writers as Ray Bradbury, Michael Cunningham, Eve Ensler, Arianna Huffington, Groucho Marx, and many others. Keep reading to learn more about the exhibition and its July 11 opening reception.
The California Library Association (CLA) has honored the USC Libraries with its 2013 PRExcellence Award for the Mosely Snowflake Fractal and related communications and programming. Keep reading to learn more about the award.
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recently announced a $85,986 grant to support the processing of the USC Libraries' Edward H. Fickett collection. The collection, acquired by the libraries in 2010, documents the 50-year career of the renowned mid-century modernist architect. In addition to working on more than 60,000 homes, Fickett designed everything from hot dog stands, apartment buildings, and libraries to structures for the Port of Los Angeles and Edwards Air Force Base, and custom homes for Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, and other celebrities. Keep reading for photos of Fickett's work and more details on the project.
A copy of Robbert Flick's Parade Route: Pasadena, May 8 and May 9, 1993 from the USC Libraries' Special Collections is currently on display at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. The book is part of an exhibition of artist books by Ed Ruscha and more than 100 contemporary artists. The libraries' copy of Parade Route—one of only three in existence—was previously featured in a 2007 exhibition of artists books in Doheny Library.