Il modernismo gode di molti fans in tutto il mondo e ha anche una sua capitale: Palm Springs in California.
Da 9 anni la Modernism week celebra l'architettura e il design della metà del secolo scorso con una particolare attenzione all'educazione e preservazione delle preesistenze. Guarda inoltre alle nuove scuole di pensiero ed in particolare alla sostenibilità.
Dal 13 al 23 febbraio 2014 si sono svolti oltre 100 eventi tra cui visite guidate, film, lezioni, parties, la Modernism Show ha esplorato così il patrimonio architettonico e storico di Palm Springs e dintorni.
L'offerta culturale viene completata dal Modernism Week Scholarship program, iniziato nel 2011, che assegna una borsa di studio agli studenti meritevoli.
Sono già note le date per il decimo anniversario del festival. Da segnare in agenda dal 12 al 22 febbraio 2015.
Modernism Week - http://www.modernismweek.com/
Images courtesy of Modernism Week – see captions below.
Foto 01 - Edris House - Photo by David A. Lee
Caption: The Edris House, designed by architect E. Stewart Williams, remains largely unchanged since 1953 and contains many of the original Williams' designed fixtures and details. It is protected from alteration since being designated a Class One Historic Site by the City of Palm Springs.
Foto 02 - Frank Sinatra House - Photo by Beau Monde Villas
Caption: The Frank Sinatra House, originally designed by E. Stewart Williams in 1947 for Frank Sinatra and his first wife, Nancy Barbato, features period furnishings and the famous piano-shaped swimming pool.
Foto 03 - Frey II House, 1963-4, Albert Frey architect, collection Palm Springs Art Museum. Photograph courtesy Gregg Felsen.
Caption: Frey House II, architect Albert Frey's second home in Palm Springs, completed in 1964. Frey (1903-1998), one of the most important modern architects of our time, lived and worked in Palm Springs since 1934.
Foto 04 - Sunnylands -Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai, Sunnylands, A. Quincy Jones and Frederick E. Emmons, 1966, photo 2007, © Juergen Nogai, courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum.
Caption: Sunnylands is home to the Annenberg Estate, a modernist residence designed by A. Quincy Jones in 1966 for Walter and Leonore Annenberg. President Barack Obama hosted President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China at Sunnylands in 2013.
Foto 05 - Tramway Gas Station. Palm Springs Visitor Center (formerly Tramway Gas Station), Frey and Chambers, architects, 1963-65, Photo by Gregg Felsen
Caption: The iconic Tramway gas station, now the Palm Springs Visitors Center, is the midway stop of the Modernism Week Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours. The building was built in 1965 and was designed by Albert Frey and Robson C. Chambers.
Foto 06 - Vintage Car Show Photo by David Dixon
Foto 07 - Arthur Elrod Residence Photo by Gregg Felsen
Caption: Built in 1968 for interior designer Arthur Elrod by Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice, John Lautner, the home was featured in the 1971 James Bond film "Diamonds are Forever."