Arts + Culture

Exhibition on Modernist Architecture and the Los Angeles Film Community on View July 1-Oct. 15 at UCLA’s Research Library


"TheOther Hollywood: Modernist Architecture and the Los Angeles Film Community,"featuring drawings and photographs of modernist projects and built designs byLos Angeles architects A. Quincy Jones, S. Charles Lee, Richard Neutra andLloyd Wright, will be on view at UCLA's Charles E. Young Research Library fromJuly 1 through Oct. 15.

Theexhibition counters the prevailing popular image of "Hollywood taste" asshallow, frivolous and mimetic by presenting designs commissioned by actors,directors and executives who supported a wide variety of sophisticatedmodernist designs, ranging from the cool, elegantly simple rationalism ofNeutra and Jones to the hot, exotic, free-form but non-mimetic expressionism ofWright and Lee.

Theexhibition features Jones' design for a residence in Holmby Hills commissionedby Gary Cooper in the early 1950s. At the time of the commission, Cooper hadrecently finished filming "The Fountainhead" (1949), in which he played theidealistic architect Howard Roark, a role which may have influenced hisdecision to have Jones design this modernist villa.

Theexhibition also features several of Lee's movie palaces that exemplify hispreference for the expressionistic streamline moderne. These include thestrong, simply detailed Bruin Theater in Westwood (1937) and the more opulentAcademy Theater in Inglewood(1939) and Bay Theater in Pacific Palisades (1949).

Neutra'sdesigns feature a streamlined, "all-aluminum" villa for the acclaimed directorJosef von Sternberg, which was later owned by writer Ayn Rand; a striking housefor Russian actress Anna Sten; and a rendering of an unbuilt penthouse forTyrone Power. Also featured are Neutra's designs for the Universal Picturesheadquarters building located at the iconic intersection of Hollywood and Vine and the StrathmoreApartments in Westwood, home to such film stars as Luise Rainer and OrsonWelles.

Designsby Wright include the Ramon Novarro house, which featured Art Deco copperornaments, furnishings and wall coverings, and the geometrically expressionistYucca-Vine Drive-In Market, designed for actor Raymond Griffith. Also featuredare the Oasis Hotel in Palm Springs, whichbecame a getaway spot for Hollywood stars; histwo shells for the Hollywood Bowl; and the P. J. Healy House, the scene of afamous 1965 meeting and jam session between Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

Theexhibition curator is Thomas S. Hines, UCLA professor emeritus of history andarchitecture.

Admissionto the library and exhibit is free.

Hoursfor the library are as follows:

July1-Sept. 15: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday (closed July 4, Sept. 4).

Sept.16–27: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Sept.28-Oct. 15: 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays; 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Fridays; 9 a.m.-5p.m., Saturdays; 1–10 p.m., Sundays.

Formore information, visit call (310) 825-6925.



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