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Lynn Fayman (left) with Russell Forester

Thursday January 30, 2014

San Diego's Museum of Photographic Arts will host a new exhibition focusing on photographer Lynn Fayman's work. Launching on February 8, 'Lynn G. Fayman: A Colorful Life' will feature examples of his work using Kodak Flexichrome, a process he used “…to create experimental, abstract artwork, more akin to painting than traditional photography.” In addition to still photographs, the show will feature selections from his film and book projects. The show will be on view through May 11. See more HERE.

The Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design will open a new show on February 28 'Ray Eames: In the Spotlight'. On view through May 4, the exhibition will feature letters, notes, sketches, paintings, photographs, process drawings, furniture, films etc. 'An intimate study of Ray's world, the exhibition concentrates on the iterative, hands-on process that the famous Charles and Ray Eames team are known for, as well as the 'way-it-should-be-ness' that defined how they worked and lived." Learn more HERE.


RIP Al Macy (1928-2014). St. Catherine Laboure (1966) by Macy Henderson on 4038 Mount Abraham Avenue

Saturday January 18, 2014

I sam saddened by the loss of architect Al Macy (1928-2014). Al was born in Cleveland and moved to Pittsburgh at age 17 to attend Carnegie Mellon in 1945. Following service in the US Army he returned to campus and graduated in 1952. He and wife Lillian moved to San Diego in 1955 where he started a career working for Selden Kennedy, Dick Lareau, Sam Hamill and Lloyd Ruocco. Alongside Homer Delawie, Al left Ruocco's office to launch Delawie and Macy, and two years later it grew to Delawie, Macy and Henderson. By the late '70s he would partner with John Henderson and Melvin Cole to launch Macy, Henderson and Cole, AIA. Mr. Macy contributed his time to a great number of civic activities including a stint as President of the San Diego chapter of the AIA.


Mission Valley Center - designed by Los Angeles-based AC Martin & Associates and
'backstopped' by San Diego firm Frank Hope & Associates.

Monday January 13, 2014

Join me tomorrow night for a discussion on Frank Hope's architecture legacy at the San Diego History Center. Read more and RSVP HERE.

While much of the internet buoys optimism about modernist ideals, more practically speaking it's often hard to find an audience receptive to recapturing the recent past (rather than remodeling over it). I found THIS ARTICLE a sad story of how all the right ideas came together - make a distinctive modern house a museum with the aim of educating a population - and yet people failed to make it a priority to visit.

Back in January 2002, Tom Shess interviewed local architects about the decades following World War II. For San Diego Magazine, Shess polled Gary Allen, Robert Mosher, Hal Sadler, Homer Delawie, Ward Deems, John Henderson and Michael Stepner about architecture and design in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. With two of these important voices now deceased - it's worth another read. Enjoy the article HERE.

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