How will we know it’s us without our past?

John Steinbeck   Grapes of Wrath

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

LJHS exhibitions are sponsored in part by ArtWorks San Diego

San Diego: The Architecture of Four Ecologies

September 22, 2018 - January 20, 2019

This exhibition takes as it inspiration British architectural historian Reyner Banham’s treatise Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies, a tribute to LA as a “mobile city." San Diego: The Architecture of Four Ecologies similarly pays homage to San Diego as a city of change and possibility, with a focus on the car as the current and predominant means to access and experience four of its own ecologies: Beaches, Freeways, Sub/urban and Border.  Four Ecologies is organized around these terrains, providing a gateway to engender dialogue about how we navigate and engage each environment. Works in various media—including drawing, painting, photography, installation, and video—will illuminate San Diego’s evolving narrative about the relationship between the automobile, architecture, and the environment.  Participating artists include: Doug Aitken, Abe King, Cy Kukenbacker, Robert Minervini, Margaret Noble, Jens Ochlich, Rene Peralta, Hector Perez, Iana Quesnell, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Dustin Shuler, Paul Turounet, UCSD Design Lab/Colleen Emmenegger, Gareth Walsh, and Michael Webb.  Essay contributors include: Jennifer Luce FAIA, Kent Yoshimura, Bruce Appleyard, Lawrence Herzog, and Bruni Mori.

Curated by Rebecca Webb

Funding for this exhibition generously provided by IS Architecture, Island Architects, ArtWorks San Diego, Weston Anson, Laura Ducharme Conboy and Garth Conboy, John and Diane Kane, Eric and Judith Lasley, and Donna Medrea. Institutional support provided by the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts & Culture and by the Members of the La Jolla Historical Society.

Image: Until Tomorrow Comes (Part IV) | Robert Minervini 2013

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Michael Webb "Two Journeys"

On Monday, September 24th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Michael Webb to discuss and sign his new book, Two Journeys. Michael Webb is an artist and a professor of architecture. Born in England, he immigrated to the US in 1965 and is now based in Wakefield, Rhode Island. His work has been exhibited at institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art, Cooper Union, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and the Architectural League of New York. His has published extensively in books and journals including the Journal of Architectural Education and Architectural Design. Webb has been honored with a fellowship by the Canadian Center for Architecture (2010-11), and he is a recipient of a grant from the Graham Foundation for the Fine Arts (2014). He has taught architecture and drawing for over 50 years at such institutions as the Architectural Association, Barnard College, Columbia University, Cooper Union, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design and Virginia Tech. This event is free and open to the public.

The Best Of 20 Years Of Trolley Dances

October 5, 2018 at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

October 6 & 7, 2018 at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

Trolley Dances start at the Hazard Center Station and end at IDEA1 Apartments off the City College stop. Free parking at the start. All sites are handicap accessible.

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of San Diego Dance Theater's iconic "Trolley Dances," the company polled the general public via a three-week voting period to find out which of the 114 world premiere site specific dances created over those twenty years were their favorites. One hundred and ten unique voters chose choreography by Monica Bill Barnes, Bradley Lundberg, Terry Wilson, Kim Epifano, Debi Toth-Ward and by Artistic Director and "Trolley Dances" founder Jean Isaacs. These dance makers will work on the original sites and with their original cast of dancers whenever possible to create "The Best of 20 Years of Trolley Dances."

The Metropolitan Transit System supplies all day trolley passes to ticketed patrons, and trained tour guides usher guests to sites along the green and blue trolley lines to view these "best" dances in fountains, museums, urban housing projects, Idea 1, and parking structures. Site-specific dances are created by choreographers on site, taking inspiration from architectural elements of the space, the play of light and shadow throughout the day, the original intended use of the space, and ornamental or decorative elements where inspiration may be found. Often there is no one particularly favored point of view, so audiences, traveling in groups of one-hundred, view these dances from any angle.

Presented by Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater in conjunction with the exhibition San Diego: The Architecture of Four Ecologies at the La Jolla Historical Society.

San Diego’s Evolving Relationship With The Automobile @ The Intersection Of Architecture + The Built Environment

Woodbury University | November 10, 2018 | 5:30-7:30pm

Panel discussion moderated by Rebecca Webb with Bruce Appleyard, Colleen Emmenegger, Lawrence Herzog, Hector Perez, and Alejandro Santander

Woodbury University San Diego is located in Barrio Logan at 2212 Main St, San Diego, CA 92113

Tangible Memories: Recollections of La Jolla Pioneer Women

February 9 - May 19, 2019

Women played a seminal role in shaping La Jolla in the early 20th century. Their legacy lives on through the historic structures they built, the momentum they created for civic and artistic life, and the memories shared by the community. The life and history of ten women pioneers—including businesswomen, educators, and architects—will be examined and artistically interpreted by ten female contemporary artists. Each artist is paired with one historic figure to research and bring back to life by creating a painting, photograph, sculpture, or interactive installation that honors the essence and meaning of that pioneer woman’s life. Artists are invited to consider the personality and interests of each woman, the role each female trailblazer had in society, and how they helped cultivate a stronger community. The pioneer women are Louise Balmer, Mabel Bell, Florence Sawyer Bransby, Anna Held, Florence Palmer, Lilian Rice, Mary Richmond, Mary Ritter, Ellen Browning Scripps, and Virginia Scripps. Participating artists include Tara Centybear, Taylor Chapin, Becky Guttin, Bhavna Mehta, Lee Puffer, Bridget Rountree, Anna Stump, Cheryl Tall, Kelly Telebrico-Schnorr, and Rebecca Webb.

Curated by Danielle S. Deery

Funding for this exhibition generously provided by Sandy and Dave Erickson, Barbara Freeman, Meg Davis and Brian Earley, the Florence Riford Fund of the San Diego Foundation, and ArtWorks San Diego. Institutional support provided by the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts & Culture and by the Members of the La Jolla Historical Society.

Image: Mabel Bell | Bhavna Mehta 2018

LITVAKdance | Re-imagining Suffrage

In conjunction with the exhibition Tangible Memories: Recollections of  La Jolla Pioneer Women, LITVAKdance presents three performance pieces on the property around the Wisteria Cottage entitled Re-imagining Suffrage. Artistic Director Sadie Weinberg choreographed the two main works, and a third transitional solo was made by dancemaker Betzi Roe based on the early owner of the cottage, Virginia Scripps. In this solo, Virginia acts as the host of the evening, ushering the audience from the front of the cottage where the first duet (loosely based on a scene from the 1897 play La Ronde) takes place, to the back of the cottage where a quartet completes the performance. Costumes are inspired by styles from the period 1895 through 1915.  LITVAKdance is comprised of seven women, and the dances touch upon women's themes that transgress time and place, and consider women's place in society, including questions about class, race, sexual orientation, gender equality and diversity.

Presented at the La Jolla Historical Society | February 8, 2019 | 5:30pm

Image: Dancers April Tra and Beverly Johnson | Photograph by Doug McMinimy