Exceptional Expositions: Lecture, Reception and Silent Auction

Thursday, 09/17/15
112 Wurster Hall

join the Environmental Design Archives on September 17th, 2015 for... 

a fun and informative lecture, reception, and silent auction celebrating the Panama Pacific International Exposition and the Golden Gate International Exposition.


6:00 - 7:00pm Lecture, Wurster Rm 112 

$10.00 at door or purchase onlinefree for students with UCB ID

7:00 - 8:30pm Reception/Silent Auction, Wurster Rm 110

$100.00 purchased in advance online, RPVP by September 13, 2015

In conjunction with opening of Exceptional Expositions the Environmental Design Archives will host a program of presentations by Architectural Historian Dan Gregory and CED Assoc. Professor Andrew Shanken.

Gregory’s talk “Fire Up the Scintillator!: Architecture, Allusion, and Re-Affirmation at the PPIE,” concerns the hyperbolic architectural character of the exposition -- from the 435 foot-tall Tower of Jewels covered in 100,000 cut glass “Novagems” to the Oregon State Pavilion treated as a redwood tree-replica of the Parthenon.

Shanken, author of the recently published monograph Into the Void Pacific will give a talk entitled “Very Empty, But Not False: the Architecture of the 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair” addressing the ways the architects of the GGIE felt Californian, thought regionally, and aspired to a “Pacific Architecture” just as modernism was radically changing the aesthetic of design.

This will be followed by a book signing of Shanken’s monograph on the Golden Gate International Exposition.  Books will be available for purchase at the event.

The lecture will be followed by a reception and silent auction in the Wurster Gallery. Original drawings donated by designers, prints of material held by the Archives, and photographs by Jason Miler will be available for bidding.

Proceeds support the mission of the Environmental Design Archives. The Environmental Design Archives at the University of California, Berkeley, is a tax-exempt, 501(c) 3 public benefit organization. Tax ID#: 946090626

Contact: 510.642.5124 or Designarchives@berkeley.edu