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Utopia in the Hollywood Hills: the Architecture of Pierre Koenig

His Case Study Houses define "modernist chic". From personal conversations and interviews done before Pierre Koenig’s death in 2004, Christopher Mount examines Koenig’s extensive career. $12 (1 hr)


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Although his 1960 Case Study House  #22, perched high in the Hollywood hills, is one of the most famous and iconic houses of the modern movement, the architect Pierre Koenig (1925-2004) is much less well known. In the last few decades, this house, as well as the earlier Case Study #21 (1958) situated nearby, has become the epitome of a certain “modernist chic.” Ironically, both were developed out of progressive postwar ideals. As Koenig stated, “my desire was to make affordable houses for as many people as possible.” Koenig’s sense of social responsibility was paramount despite the beautiful and elegant results. His work offers some of the best examples of Le Corbusier’s often-repeated modernist dictum that houses should be “machines for living.”   

This presentation will examine Koenig’s entire extensive and successful career and try to debunk many of the misconceptions about his work. Much of this lecture is drawn from personal conversations and interviews done between Christopher Mount and Pierre Koenig before his death at the age of 78 in 2004.   

Christopher Mount is a curator, writer, professor and a dealer specializing in 20th/21st century architecture and design. He most recently curated the major exhibition,A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California, at MoCA and was a curator at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, for many years. In addition he was the editor in chief of I.D. magazine and has taught extensively.  

This event qualifies for AIA CES Learning Units.

$12

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 the Palm Springs Art Museum
Handicap parking available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

 

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

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Photo Credits: Case Study House No. 22 (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1960, Julius Shulman, photographer © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)., Pierre Koenig on site inspecting progress of Case Study House No. 21 (1958), Case Study House No. 22 (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1960, Julius Shulman, photographer © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)., Case Study House No. 21 (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1958, 1959, Julius Shulman, photographer © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)., Dr. Iwata House (Monterey Park, Calif.), 1968, Julius Shulman, photographer © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)., Lamel (Edward) House (Glendale, Calif.), 1955, Julius Shulman, photographer © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10).

 

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