Talk—The Genesis of a New Vernacular: Cesar Pelli, Tony Lumsden, and High-Tech Los Angeles

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 7 pm

In the 1960s and 70s, Los Angeles experienced an era of experimentation and new advances in art and technology. The Light and Space movement emerged around this time, and LACMA initiated its Art & Technology program, pairing artists with aerospace and other companies. At the same time, the architects Cesar Pelli and Anthony Lumsden developed their version of the late-modern glass skin building. Used throughout Los Angeles, this style became a telling regional expression of the “high-tech” aesthetic and a new corporate vernacular.  

Daniel Paul talks about the influence of the local aerospace and technology industries on architecture and design during this period and explains the high-tech design idiom. Philippe Paré, AIA, principal at Gensler, and LACMA Art + Technology Lab advisor, gives an introduction.

Daniel Paul is an architectural historian who has worked with the City of Los Angeles to evaluate late-modern and postmodern architecture for potential Historical-Cultural Monument Status.

LACMA, Brown Auditorium
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Image: Cesar Pelli and Anthony Lumsden for DMJM, Federal Aviation Administration, Western-Pacific Region Headquarters in Hawthorne, CA, 1965–73, photograph: Wayne Thom

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