Tickets: $10.00 per person
Lecture and Book signing, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Wurster Hall, room 112
Please join the Environmental Design Archives for a fun and informative lecture, book signing, reception, and silent auction on the evening of Thursday, September 17th, 2015 in conjunction with opening of Exceptional Expositions (on view September 8 – December 16, 2015 in the Environmental Design Library, 210 Wurster Hall ). The event commemorates the Centennial of the Panama Pacific International Exposition and the new publication on the architecture and planning of the Golden Gate International Exposition.
The program will begin with presentations by Architectural Historian Dan Gregory and CED Assoc. Professor Andrew Shanken. Gregory’s talk entitled “Fire Up the Scintillator!: Architecture, Allusion, and Re-Affirmation at the PPIE,” concerns the hyperbolic architectural character of the exposition -- from the 435 foot-tall Tower of Jewels covered in 100,000 cut glass “Novagems” to the Oregon State Pavilion treated as a redwood tree-replica of the Parthenon. Shanken, author of the recently published Into the Void Pacific will give a talk entitled “Very Empty, But Not False: the Architecture of the 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair” addressing the ways the architects of the GGIE felt Californian, thought regionally, and aspired to a “Pacific Architecture” just as modernism was radically changing the aesthetic of design.
This will be followed by a book signing of Shanken’s monograph on the Golden Gate International Exposition. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
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