$15 (1 hr)
“Googie” refers to a Hollywood-based coffee shop called Googie’s, which was built in 1949 by John Lautner, who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. It became a hangout spot for stars like James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley. Googie is also the pet name the shop’s owner had for his wife.
That’s all according to Alan Hess, who takes us on an adventure inside the private archives of the forward-thinking trio dubbed the "fathers of Googie.”, Louis Armet, Eldon Davis, and Victor Newlove of the architecture firm, Armet Davis Newlove.
Googie Modern: Architectural Drawings of Armet Davis Newlove (Angel City Press, 2022) by authors Michael Murphy, Alan Hess, and photographer Jens Lucking, is a highly visual monograph of plans and concept drawings -- each remarkable rendering demonstrating the passion and precision that went into every one of their creations. Inspiring not just artists and filmmakers but the public at large, their futuristic coffee shops and restaurants made dining out a space-age experience, just as man was ready to walk on the moon.
Armet Davis Newlove’s architecture captured the optimistic and forward-thinking mood in post-war America and set the bar for what would become Mid-Century Modern style. The firm’s high-concept designs shaped Southern California and then took off across the American landscape, giving the US innovative, practical, and gorgeous monuments of everyday life.
Following Alan’s presentation will be a first public ‘sneak preview’ of the upcoming full-length documentary from Design Onscreen, Googie, presented by director Jake Gorst. designonscreen.org
Things to Know
This event is for ages 12 and older.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
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.
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 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Courtesy Angel City Press, Photograph Jens Lucking, Rendering by Lee Linton, Rendering by Siegfried Knop, Rendering by T. W. Kowalski, Armet & Davis Architects.
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