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. Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

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.


Four Ecologies Panel Discussion

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