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Breuer’s Bohemia

Marcel Breuer, was a prolific designer of residential architecture. Breuer's Bohemia surveys his work in the suburbs of NYC, Connecticut and Massachusetts, 1950s-70s. $15 (1 hr)
Category: @Palm Springs, @Annenberg Theater, AIA Continuing Education, Book Signing, Kid-Friendly Activity, Presentation, Talk, Marcel Breuer


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The iconic twentieth-century architect Marcel Breuer was a prolific designer of residential architecture, which tends to be obscured by his early renown as a Bauhaus furniture maker and his large-scale projects. Breuer’s Bohemia surveys the houses he designed in the suburbs of New York City, Connecticut and Massachusetts from the 1950s through the 70s, many of which were commissioned by politically progressive clients–chiefly Rufus and Leslie Stillman and Andrew and Jamie Gagarin–who coalesced around him into a dynamic social circle.

Included in this scene were prominent cultural figures such as artist Alexander Calder, playwright Arthur Miller, writer Francine du Plessix Gray and novelists Philip Roth and William Styron, and more, marking a unique intersection of postwar architecture, art, and letters.

Breuer’s Bohemia is heavily illustrated with vintage and contemporary photographs as well as rarely seen archival materials.  Written by author, director, art historian and owner of an iconic Breuer house himself, James Crump has given a unique glimpse of a twentieth-century milieu that produced an aesthetic, intellectual, and sometimes sybaritic community during a fertile period of American design and culture.  Book signing to follow presentation. 

The film, Breuer's Bohemia, is screening at 4:30 PM. To purchase tickets to the screening, click here.

This event qualifies for 1 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU).


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
Local covid restrictions in effect at the time of the presentation will be respected.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location 

Annenberg Theater,  Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: 
Marcel Breuer, Photo Credit Rufus Stillman 1951, Breuer's Bohemia Gagarin House II, 1974, Monacelli Press, Breuer's Bohemia Stillman House I 1951 Interior Design Magazine, James Crump & Ronnie Sassoon, Breuer's Bohemia Stillman House II

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