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The Society provides a variety of educational exhibits and community events for a wide range of audiences. Our mission is to link history to contemporary culture and provide a rich variety of interesting, informative, and engaging activities.

Climate Change: Midcentury Modern La Jolla



Climate Change: Midcentury Modern La Jolla

May 3 – September 7, 2014
Wisteria Cottage Galleries
Opening Reception May 3, 2014

The 1950s and 1960s were decades of change for La Jolla, when a small circle of postwar modernists emerged to spearhead new ideas in the arts, design, and architecture. This group of multitalented residents, whose interests ranged from marine biology to abstract painting and from folk music to modern furniture, created a climate for modernism that was unique and enduring. Climate Change: Midcentury Modern La Jolla frames the remarkably rich creative culture that developed in 1950s and 1960s La Jolla with period photographs of modern architecture and objects that were exhibited in the community’s museums and galleries, offered locally in retail showrooms, and made or designed by local residents.  Case studies of individuals who embody different aspects of La Jolla midcentury modernism, including Russell Forester, Robert Mosher, Lynn Fayman, Sam Hinton and Jacob Bronowski, will examine the example they set for modern living and the dynamic and influential role they played in the community.

Curated by Dave Hampton


Major funding for this exhibition provided by:
Willis Allen Real Estate
Hill Construction Company
Dave and Sandy Coggan Erickson

With additional support from:
James and Barbara Alcorn
John and Diane Kane