Los Angeles (PRWEB) January 9, 2009
In Through the Lens of Pedro E. Guerrero: Frank Lloyd Wright. Alexander Calder. Louise Nevelson, the Friends of Hollyhock House in Los Angeles celebrate the contributions of photographer Pedro E. Guerrero at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Barnsdall Park on January 16, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. An evening of film, food, art and architecture; the fundraising event honors Guerrero as one of the great documentary photographers of the twentieth century. Guerrero is best known for photographing the work and lives of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, sculptor Alexander Calder, and abstract expressionist Louise Nevelson. Proceeds from the event will fund curatorial and educational programs at Hollyhock House.
"We are delighted to host such an event honoring Mr. Guerrero," says Diane Belden, Friends of Hollyhock House Committee Chair and Vice President. "This is a remarkable occasion for those who follow architecture and arts to delve into the psyche of Frank Lloyd Wright to understand the process behind his commissions. The more we research the historical genesis of Wright's architecture, the more we see how multifaceted it is and how much he wanted it representative of its surroundings. Guerrero's images have left us with an amazing blueprint."
Frank Lloyd Wright trusted Guerrero to document and illuminate his life and work. Guerrero went on to not only create iconic photographs of Wright, Calder and Nevelson - but also to photograph celebrity homes, art, and architecture for magazines such as Architectural Forum, Architectural Record, Fortune, Redbook, Harper's Bazaar, House & Garden, and Collier's. The evening's festivities include: a screening of the documentary film, Pedro E. Guerrero, Portrait of an Image Maker, by Suzanne D. Johnson, founder and executive director of Gnosis, Ltd., a non-profit organization that seeks to preserve and present the significant creative contributions of individuals who have changed our world. A conversation led by Kathryn Smith, an architecture historian, preservation consultant and author of numerous publications; including, Frank Lloyd Wright - Hollyhock House and Olive Hill will be featured. Docent guided tours of Hollyhock House and a rare opportunity to view images, some vintage from Guerrero's private collection will be exhibited. Complimentary signed copies of Guerrero's memoirs, Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey as well as a hosted reception in the Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park with Guerrero, filmmaker Johnson and architecture historian Smith are all available to attendees.
"An event of this nature allows us to share the legacy of three prominent and iconic 20th century artists," furthers Barry Storch, FOHH President. "As we continue with our mission to bring awareness of Wright's organic architecture to this region, we hope to stimulate the creative minds of the future. We want to encourage designers and architects to perpetuate the ideas of Wright. Guerrero's contribution is an exceptional rich work of interpretation. His images serve as vital visual records for all of us."
Tickets to the event are $150. To purchase tickets and information on Hollyhock House, please visit http://www.hollyhockhouse.net on the web. For inquiries, call 323.526.9484 or email hollyhock_house at um dot att dot com. Hollyhock House.4800 Hollywood Boulevard. Los Angeles. 90027
About Hollyhock House
The Hollyhock House was originally designed for Aline Barnsdall, when she hired Frank Lloyd Wright to help her develop an innovative theatrical community in Los Angeles. Built between 1919-1921, Hollyhock House is Wright's first commission in Los Angeles and the first of Wright's famed California Romanza-style designs; Hollyhock House has been named one of the most significant structures of the 20th century by The American Institute of Architects and achieved National Historic Landmark recognization in 1997. The building takes its name from Barnsdall's favorite flower and is a remarkable combination of house and gardens.
In 1927, Aline Barnsdall gave Hollyhock House and crown of Olive Hill to the City of Los Angeles for use as a public art park and library. Since 1978, the non-profit organization Friends of Hollyhock House (FOHH) has worked to increase the public's awareness of the history of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House and Aline Barnsdall's contribution to the City of Los Angeles. The organization has raised funds for restoration projects, established a library of Wright monographs, and organized lectures and public events promoting the house.
Hollyhock House was recently mentioned as a favorite place to visit in Los Angeles by Pritzker-winning architect Richard Meier.
About Pedro E. Guerrero
Guerrero was born in Casa Grange, AZ in 1917 and raised in Mesa, AZ. After high school, Guerrero attended Art Center College of Design, the well-respected art and design school in Los Angeles. In need of money, Guerrero took a leave of absence from Art Center and traveled to Scottsdale, AZ at the age of 22 to where famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright was establishing Taliesin West, his winter home. His work has been exhibited at New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and the Guggenheim Museum, among others. Sixty of his Frank Lloyd Wright photographs are on permanent display at the Wright designed Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Guerrero feels' "From the beginning, photography held a certain magic for me. I love the accidental part of it more than the optical and chemical aspects".
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