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San Diego Modernism / Palm Springs Modernism

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San Diego Modernism: Furniture and Arts for Daily Living at Palm Springs Modernism - Tues Feb, 21st @ 1PM San Diego's unique culture of post-WWII art, design and architecture remains one of American modernism's best kept secrets. Dave Hampton reveals how it shaped the ‘California Design’ program. Photo: Doors by Svetozar Radakovich and Carl-Ekstrom, photo by Lynn Fayman Designed to complement and contextualize the film and panel discussion following this presentation, Jack Rogers Hopkins: California Design Maverick (below), Dave Hampton will talk about the design and making of Furniture and Architectural Elements –murals, doors, grilles, lanterns, windows, fountains, gates, handles, fireplace surrounds, etc.– in San Diego, connecting this work to San Diego's unique culture of modernism and architecture, from Irving Gill to Lloyd Ruocco, Sim Bruce Richards and Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, and illustrate furniture by John Dirks; Larry Hunter; Jack Rogers Hopkins; Wendy Maruyama; D

Weekend / Stuff

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 Finn Juhl Michael Lax illustration, Robert McKeown Expanded metal 

Weekend / Stuff

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Vivika and Otto Heino, Tom Tramel, Tom McMillin and Bill Curry make for a nice California grouping.   Tom Sachs - Six-in-One Screwdriver - Printed Matter

Tackett / Thursday

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A picked up a new La Gardo Tackett vase. From an early 1950s article.   I'm getting there.

Yuma / Architecture

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I ran across this storefront on a recent stop in Yuma Arizona. I haven't spent much time exploring the town. It has basically been a gas stop on the way to Phoenix or Tucson. This time I decided to hit a couple antique malls. Unfortunately not much to report on the junk front, but I did see some architecture. This is Main St. in the late 1800s. Yuma (formerly known as Colorado City) was on the wagon trail to California and served as a logistical point for the 1846 war with Mexico and then the Civil War. The gold rush of 1849 brought more than 60,000 people with gold fever through town and really put it on the map. The railroad came in 1877 and the route became the main line of the Southern Pacific which led to large investments into Yuma's infrastructure.  Source:  University of Southern California. Libraries and California Historical Society A major flood in 1916 wiped out much of the town's buildings. Hundreds of structures were lost. It was so bad that Mayor Charles C. M

Weekend / Stuff

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 Genaro Álvarez, Fantoni bird, Don Shoemaker,  Joyce McCullough candle holders with Lee Weber candles. A ceramic umbrella.  Necklaces

Montgomery Residence / Emerald Hills

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Hood Century  recently posted photos of this San Diego home of Alpha and Catherine Montgomery from a 1960 issue of Ebony Magazine .   Image:  Ebony Magazine I worked for an organization that had offices across the street from the house. Since it sits on the hilltop, the house is nearly impossible to see from street. Last week I was speaking to a friend who I found out grew up in the area. I asked him if he knew anything about the house and he said him and some friends rode their bikes up the long driveway and were scared off when they saw the lady in front of the house. The flat roof, year built and stories from long-time residents of the neighborhood led me to believe that it had a modern lean to it and it certainly does.  Image: Google Earth Image:  Ebony Magazine Image:  Ebony Magazine Alpha LeVon Montgomery (1919-2004) was from Denver, Co. He attended Fisk, then Howard University Law School and became a lawyer in 1948. He settled in San Diego and formed the city’s first African Ame