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Craig Ellwood: "The Cary Grant of Architecture"

Erin Ellwood presents on her father, Craig Ellwood, a leading figure of Californian modernism, known as much for his exuberant lifestyle as his architecture. Includes film and panel. $12 (1.5 hrs)

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“Ellwood was truly an American enigma – mysterious, idealistic, misunderstood, pragmatic, hypocritical – in short, the stuff of America, full of contradictions and secrets.” Ray Kappe (Making L.A. Modern: Craig Ellwood – Man, Myth, Designer)

Ellwood's pristine, glass and steel-beamed homes included three for the historic Case Study House program, founded by John Entenza for Arts + Architecture magazine. His work exuded minimalist chic, while his personal life, most notably his fast cars, exotic pets, and philandering, was characterized by excess. This is a rare opportunity to explore Ellwood’s aesthetic legacy with a man who helped shape it, Jim Tyler, FAIA architect and former Ellwood associate, and Erin Ellwood, the daughter who lived it. Presentation includes a discussion with Jim Tyler and midcentury restoration specialist, Barton Jahncke, on their collaboration of the iconic and newly restored 1958 Smith House.

This follows a screening of Truth Be Told, a short film directed by Erin Ellwood and Gazston Gal. Erin feels strongly that her mother’s voice be included in this presentation, as her 28 year marriage to Craig mirrored the 28 years he practiced architecture. The film features Erin’s 95 year old mother, actress Gloria Henry - her truth, and the Smith House.

Panelists include Erin Ellwood, Jim Tyler, Barton Jahncke, moderated by Maria Demopoulos (filmmaker). Presentation followed by Q & A.

This event qualifies for AIA CES Learning Units.


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.


Event Check-in Location

Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262

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Photo Credits: Craig and Erin Ellwood with pet ocelot, Jesus. Courtesy Erin Ellwood, The iconic Smith House, 1958, Crestwood Hills, Los Angeles - Photograph by Marvin Rand, Illustration of The Rosen House, 1962, Brentwood, Los Angeles. Craig Ellwood Collection, Cal Poly Pomona, Bobertz House, 1953, San Diego, California (Darren Bradley, photographer), Craig and Gloria Henry Ellwood, courtesy Erin Ellwood, Palevsky House, 1968, Palm Springs, California (Richard Powers, photographer) 

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