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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.

The Irving Gill - Photographic Project


Opening Reception
Friday, September 26
5:00 - 7:00pm
at Wisteria Cottage

To RSVP click HERE

The exhibition will be open Thursday - Sunday, noon - 4:00pm September 27, 2014 - January 25, 2015.

Master Architect Irving Gill (1870-1936) is considered a pioneer of the early modern movement in architecture, and there are numerous examples of his work still remaining in San Diego.  A number of these important buildings are in La Jolla, including the La Jolla Woman’s Club, La Jolla Recreation Center, and at The Bishop’s School and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  The photographers for this project, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Suda House, and John Durant, were commissioned by the Society to take Gill’s philosophical idea and produce a body of new works each of which includes all or part of a Gill building.  They were asked to be creative in their interpretation, to diverge from standard building portraits, and to translate a historical idea into a modern perspective.  The resulting exhibition presents an adventure into the legacy of Gill and this unique aspect of his philosophy, and the three artist’s present interpretations that are uniquely suited to the media of contemporary photography.

Funding for this exhibition provided by Betty-Jo Petersen, Willis Allen Real Estate, Hill Construction Company, Dave and Sandy Coggan Erickson, Symbolic Motor Car Company & Lamborghini San Diego, Island Architects Inc., and Scripps Health.  Institutional support provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the Members of the La Jolla Historical Society.

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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