Modernism at Risk

USC School of Architecture Spring Lecture Series
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January 15, 2014
6:00 pm
University Park Campus
USC Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center (HAR) (Map)

Modernism at Risk, an exhibit on loan from the World Monument Fund, will be shown in conjunction with a panel discussion

The Modernism at Risk panel discussion will kick off the USC School of Architecture Wednesday night lecture series for the spring semester.  Our distinguished panel will include:

Kyle Normandin, Senior Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), currently the project manager for the GCI Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative as well as the Eames House Conservation Project;

Chris Morris, Field Director, Los Angeles Office, National Trust for Historic Preservation, who was part of the recent effort to save Chicago’s iconic Prentice Hospital;

Adrian Scott Fine, Director of Advocacy, Los Angeles Conservancy, involved in many of the current local efforts to save modern resources.

The exhibit, on loan from the World Monuments Fund, explores several case studies, illustrating the many challenges of our efforts to save the recent past.

Despite modernism’s influential place in the canon of architectural history, many significant modern buildings are endangered because of neglect, perceived obsolescence, inappropriate renovation, the threat of demolition, and public apathy. In 2006, with support from Knoll, WMF launched Modernism at Risk, an advocacy and conservation program intended to bring international attention and resources to address the key threats and challenges facing many modern buildings, as well as the technical problems associated with conserving innovative designs and materials.

World Monuments Fund is the leading independent organization dedicated to saving the world’s most treasured places.  Since 1965, in more than 90 countries, their experts have been racing against time, applying proven techniques to preserve important architectural and cultural heritage sites around the globe.

The exhibit will be located in Lindhurst Gallery and the Rosendin Atrium on the 2nd floor of Watt Hall.  Gallery hours are 9 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday.

Lectures are free and open to the public. They are located in the Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall, on the University Park campus. No reservations are required. Parking is available on campus at Gate 1 off Exposition Blvd.