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Architecture Unbound: Discussing the Disruptive Avant-Garde


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WHEN: Thursday, September 29, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

WHERE: Helms Design Center, 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232

WHAT: Architecture writer Frances Anderton, Hon. AIA/LA, and critic and designer Joseph Giovannini will have a lively discussion on Giovannini’s new authoritative history of the Avant-Garde architecture of our times. Architecture Unbound: A Century of the Disruptive Avant-Garde (Rizzoli) has been called “an amazing achievement,” “a masterpiece,” and “an instant classic.” The book chronicles the century-long influence of avant-garde art and the theories of the oblique on prominent architects and some of their highest-profile projects—many of which are in Los Angeles.

WHO: Frances Anderton and Joseph Giovannini

Frances Anderton, Hon. AIA/LA, covers Los Angeles design and architecture in print, broadcast media, and public events. Her book, Common Ground: Multifamily Housing in Los Angeles, will be published in fall, 2022, by Angel City Press. Anderton also co-creates talks and events at Helms Bakery District. For many years Anderton hosted “DnA: Design and Architecture” for KCRW public radio station.

Joseph Giovannini, author of Architecture Unbound: A Century of the Disruptive Avant-Garde, is a practicing designer who has written on architecture and design for such publications as the New York Times, Architectural Record, Art in America, and Art Forum, and was architecture critic for New York Magazine, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and Los Angeles Review of Books. He has also taught widely in graduate architecture programs.


BOOKS: Books will be available for purchase and signing from Arcana: Books on the Arts.

SPONSOR: Helms Bakery District


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