Starburst candelabrum by Bruce Hill for Peter Pepper Products
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Orphan Kenji Fujita bird
Eames DAX / Zenith with the rope
See the post about the Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design exhibition that just ended in Sacramento, here. I only noticed a few repeats between the two exhibitions. I think some paintings and maybe a dress or two.
On February 27 the Fresno City Council voted to tear out Fulton Mall in favor of putting traffic back in this historical landmark of modernist arts and design. The Mall is listed in the California Register of Historical Resources and designated as eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. This means that all efforts to maintain it should be done with respect for its original design.
To put a stop to the destruction of the Fulton Mall, The 1000 Friends of Fresno is filing a lawsuit against the City of Fresno. They need help in securing funding for this litigation. For all this to happen, we need to raise $25,000. This would cover all the legal fees and other costs that may arise from this litigation.
Show your support for modern architecture and art by donating to this great cause! There is the added bonus of getting to be part of a lawsuit to punish these small-minded Fresno politicians for making this stupid decision. Donate here.
The photo is from a 1949 show at the Evans and Reeves Nursery. The garden pottery was a project assigned by La Gardo Tackett, who was working as an Instructor at the California School of Art. His students were assigned the task of creating garden ware that could be sold at the Evans and Reeves Nursery.
The nursery commissioned the students to design the line and plan the merchandising. The pots were put on display at the nursery. VKG supplied the furniture.
Max Lawrence and his wife Rita started Architectural Pottery in 1950, after they saw designs from La Gardo Tackett's students. Tackett, John Follis, and Rex Goode all worked as designers for the new company.
Along with Tackett, Alvin Lustig also taught at the California School of Art; as did Edgardo Contini, Rafael Soriano, and Bernard Rosenthal. Despite the amazing faculty, the school was only around for a year. The school's owner drained the accounts and ran off to Mexico.