John Lautner at LACMA
This special exhibition, in conjunction with The John Lautner Foundation's John Lautner Turns 100 series, features an abstracted composition, archival model, and photographs of Lautner's famous Goldstein Office. In anticipation of what would have been John Lautner’s 100th birthday on July 16, 2011, The John Lautner Foundation created the series to reflect upon Lautner's life and work. Born in 1911 in Marquette, Michigan, Lautner studied with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin and Wright called Lautner “the world’s second greatest architect.” Lautner was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1970, and honored with a Gold Medal for lifetime achievement in 1993 by AIA Los Angeles.
John Lautner Turns 100 series partners include the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles Chapter, Dwell, Getty Research Institute, LACMA, Los Angeles Conservancy, MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, The American Cinematheque, and the Society of Architectural Historians. Image: Don Higgins © The John Lautner Foundation.
This weekend we’re hosting a tribute to architect John Lautner on the occasion of his 100th birthday. We talked to Michael LaFetra, a preservationist who serves on the board of the Los Angeles Conservancy and owns two Lautner houses, one in Malibu and one on Balboa Island. We asked him what it’s like to live in one of Lautner’s creations...