2017 Summer Speaker Series

2017 Summer Speaker Series

The Old Riverside Foundation is pleased to offer a four-part series of educational -– and entertaining -– talks, “The Postwar Boom: Architecture Arrives.” The talks are FREE with the first taking place on Saturday June 24th.

Ted Wells, a noted architect and architectural historian, is our guest speaker. Ted will put the postwar movements in architecture into context with the postwar political, economic, artistic and social atmosphere of the late 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Each of the venues chosen for the talks is relevant to the series and will help to illuminate the development of architecture and culture that is now considered historic -– and enlightening. Mark your calendars for the four lectures!

“Restoration or Radical Reconstruction: Ordinary, Symbolic, and Cultural Memory”

Click here to reserve your seats for one or all of the sessions, or email to info@oldriverside.org or call Old Riverside Foundation at (951) 683-2725.

 

Old Riverside Foundation Announces

a Free Summer Guest Speaker Series!

 

The Old Riverside Foundation is pleased to offer a four-part series of educational – and entertaining – talks, “The Postwar Boom: Architecture Arrives”. Ted Wells, a noted architect and architectural historian, is our guest speaker (see more information about him at the end of this article). Ted will put the postwar movements in architecture into context with the postwar political, economic, artistic and social atmosphere of the late 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. Each of the venues chosen for the talks is relevant to the series and will help to illuminate the development of architecture and culture that is now considered historic – and enlightening. Mark your calendars for the following lectures!

Saturday, August 19, 2017:

“Modern Brutalism: Form Forever Follows Function … Sometimes”

The power, strength, and meaning of brutalist building forms is an influential message in the transition of time. That form of architecture can strongly survive, but sometimes the function of such things can culturally crumble.

Location: MAIN RIVERSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY, Main Library Auditorium, 2nd Floor, 3581 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, from 4:00 to 6:00. Light refreshments will be served after the talk.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

“Strange and Surreal: The Frenzy of Architectural Aesthetics”

Architectural design swings both ways, sometimes further than expected. Such unique characters — the people involved and the buildings created — often have influence on how our community progresses and transform our paths to the future.

Location: WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 5770 Arlington Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504, from 4:00 to 6:00. Light refreshments will be served.

About Ted Wells

In addition to architecture, he is an author, designer, historian, and curator of museum exhibitions and education programs.

His latest books include Bohemian Bridges: California as a Superstructure for Social and Cultural Change; Bohemian Highways: Art & Culture Abide Then Divide Along the California Coast; Bohemian Crossroads: Art & Culture Collide Then Subside on the Monterey Peninsula; Casting Shadows: Auguste Rodin, all published by Guardian Stewardship Editions; Eva Zeisel: Life, Design, and Beauty, published by Chronicle Books.

In 2017, Arcadia Publishing is releasing, Images of America: Laguna Niguel – a book on the history of the early master-planned community in the USA. Other upcoming books are Romantic Modern: The California Architecture of Harwell Hamilton Harris; Horizon Homes: Living a Concrete Dream.

Wells presents lectures in the U.S. and internationally. He is the host of podcasts at iTunes and Public Radio Exchange: Simple Rediscovery, The Middle Edges, Ted Wells Living Simple Arts & Architecture, and more.

Saturday, June 24, 2017:

“Restoration or Radical Reconstruction: Ordinary, Symbolic, and Cultural Memory”

What happens to architecture? Sometimes it’s torn down, or deteriorates, or restored, or radically reconstructed. All of this can be ordinary, but the most evocative part of any this is the important symbolic and cultural memory that affects and inspires us.

Location: CENTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE AND CIVIL LIBERTIES 3855 Market Street, Riverside, CA 92501, from 4:00 to 6:00.

Saturday, July 22, 2017:

“Unfamiliar Architecture: Create the New from the Damaged Old”

Every day, architecture changes. It moves forward, backward… or stalls. The transformative veneer is a part of cultural history. And how that affects architecture, history, and our community is an important part of society. Something new can always emerge from something old.

Location: ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 3847 Terracina Drive, Riverside, CA 92506, from 4:00 to 6:00.

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