Alexander Girard may have been trained as an architect—three times over—but his prodigious talents and immense output defy easy categorization. Active as a designer from the 1930s to the 1980s, Girard’s oeuvre not only included residences and interiors, but also restaurants, corporate programs, exhibitions, furnishings, textiles, graphics, and all manner of decorative and useful objects. But while his work diverged greatly in scope, type, scale, and style, a unifying thread can be found in his approach.
In this presentation and conversation, independent scholar and author Sam Grawe is joined by Aleishall Girard Maxon and Kori Girard (Alexander Girard’s grandchildren and co-directors of the Girard Studio) to discuss the designer’s legacy and enduring relevance. A specific focus on his work as a curator and exhibition designer reveals the systemic thinking and exploration that informed much of his most familiar work.
During Modernism Week visit ‘Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe’ showing at the Palm Springs Art Museum from November 23, 2019 – March 1, 2020. This exhibition, organized by Vitra Design Museum, presents the colorful universe of Alexander Girard through more than 400 objects – textiles, drawings, furniture, graphics, film, and folk art – in a richly layered installation.
This event qualifies for 1 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU).
Things to Know
This event is for ages 12 and older.
The stairs to the entrance of the Annenberg Theater are located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum’s North Parking Lot.
There is ample free public parking in the city-owned garage directly across from the museum’s north parking lot.
Handicap parking is 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 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Girard Studio
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