Posts by Evan Mather

The video above is my love letter to TV Guide. I credit my education of United States geography to a Fisher Price jigsaw puzzle and the pages of TV Guide during my childhood. In August 1979, our family vacation took us on the road from our home in Baton Rouge to visit cousins in Indiana and friends in Cleveland. At the time, the country was covered by about 90 different regional editions of the eponymous weekly magazine dedicated to television – which roughly corresponded to the largest television markets (as opposed to the states).

Each time we entered a new TV Guide region, my parents bought me a corresponding regional edition to add to my collection. These magazines and that jigsaw puzzle conceptualized my perception of the United States landscape and its geographies – including the two perceived Kentuckys that persist in my mind to this day. (more…)

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Metro Crenshaw LRT – Technical Tour (Joint ASCE OC/LA)
Please join ASCE OC & LA for a technical tour of the Metro Crenshaw LRT. Currently in construction, the Metro Crenshaw LRT was one of 12 transit projects funded by Measure R approved in 2008. The Line will travel 8.5 miles to the Metro Green Line and will serve the cities of Los Angeles, Inglewood and El Segundo; and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County. This tour will be hosted by the Walsh Group (Design Build Contractor) and HNTB (Designer) to discuss construction/design challenges and discuss overall project progress. Lunch is provided at the technical tour. PPEs (orange safety vest, hard hat, safety glasses and steel toed boots) are a requirement for this tour.
When: Friday, January 27, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PST)
Where: 9323 Bellanca Ave, CA 90045

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Prior to its destruction in June 2011, the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School served the historic New Orleans African-American neighborhood of Tremé since opening in 1955. Celebrated worldwide for its innovative, regionally-expressive modern design – the structure had sustained moderate damage during the storms and levee breach of 2005. DOCOMOMO Louisiana advocated for its restoration via adaptive reuse. “A Plea For Modernism” is narrated by actor Wendell Pierce (“The Wire”, “Tremé”).

Charles Colbert, architect

Photographer: Frank Lotz Miller

Curtis and Davis architects

Photographer: Frank Lotz Miller

When one thinks of New Orleans, one thinks of its historic 19th century architecture. However, in the 1950’s the city became a hotbed for modern architecture. An expanding post-war population demanded new public works – and over thirty public schools were constructed – designed by a cadre of architects who practiced a regional approach to modernism – characterized by innovations in circulation, lighting, and ventilation – just as New Orleans’ historic architecture is sensitive to site and climate.

These schools were models of regional modernism – inventive designs which are of a place, by a place, and for a place. However, this significant architecture is rapidly disappearing from the urban fabric of New Orleans. Of the thirty schools built, only four are are left standing – three of which are threatened by demolition. Sadly, the Phyllis Wheatley Elementary School of New Orleans sustained too much damage as the fourth, and was demolished in June 2011, a loss for the city and history of modernism.

This is an exercise in aerial land use interpretation.

Sitting by the window and reading the landscape from the air, I wonder, “What below can be deciphered?” On our flight from Philadelphia to Detroit, we flew over Lake Erie and the Canadian island of Panton-le-Fou, Ontario. Centuries of European settlement have impacted the landscape below – from the buildings and roads to the fencerows and agricultural land patterns – providing clues to the astute observer as to what happened below.

What do you see when you “read” this island?

Photo by Gregory Han

Photo by Gregory Han

 

Origami by Robert J. Lang: Join origami master Robert Lang for a gallery talk about the beautifully complex folded art he created for his current installation at The Huntington. (The exhibit ends Jan. 29.) A book signing follows the informal talk. Free; no reservations required. Brody Botanical Center.
When: January 28, 2017, 2 p.m.
Where: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108

Doug Aitken: Electric Earth: For more than 20 years, Doug Aitken has shifted the perception and location of images and narratives. His multichannel video installations, sculptures, photographs, publications, happenings, and architectural works demonstrate the nature and structure of our ever-mobile, ever-changing, image-based contemporary condition. With a profound knowledge and understanding of the history of 20th-century avant-gardes, experimental music, and cinema, and an intimate kinship with the protest movements of the late 1960s, Aitken has invented a unique immersive aesthetic. Rooted in interdisciplinary collaborations, and the broad availability of images and the vulnerability of individuals, his work accounts for the cool but relentless human, industrial, urban, and environmental entropy that defines 21st-century existence.
When: Through January 15, 2017
Where: The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Grand Avenue), 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Patricia Fernandez’s Point of Departure: Five Walks: “Over the past three years, artist Patricia Fernandez, who lives in L.A. but was born in Spain, took five walks through the Pyrenees mountains that separate Spain from France. She was retracing routes her own relatives took at the end of the 1930s, after the Spanish Civil War, when they, like so many other defeated Republicans, trekked off. Along the way, Fernandez collected souvenirs, documents and photographs that she then recreated as paintings, drawings or objects.”
When: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat.
Where: Commonwealth & Council
3006 W. Seventh St., #220
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens: Enchanted: Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through 8 distinct lighting displays in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens. Tickets are timed and must be purchased in advance. Enchanted: Forest of Light is a rain or shine event.
When: 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily until January 8
Where: 1418 Descanso Dr.
La Canada Flintridge, CA  91011

LA Union Station Cocoa Concert Series: “This Christmas season, Union Station’s majestic south patio will be transformed into a hub of holiday entertainment with three distinctive and diverse “Cocoa Concerts”. From 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Fridays December 16th and 23rd, Angelenos can enjoy a festive, family-friendly holiday celebration featuring free concerts, a “Cocoa Bar” with Elftenders, an “Ugly Christmas Sweater” contest, holiday crafts and cookie decorating, a Naughty & Nice photo booth and selfies with the most popular guy in Tinsel Town.”
When: Friday December 23 2016
Where: Union Station
800 N Alameda St
Los Angeles