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Jock Peters: A Forgotten Early Modernist in Los Angeles

Discover the fascinating career of Los Angeles modernist Jock Peters, his remarkable designs for Bullock’s Wilshire, William Lingenbrink, the couturier Irene, Paramount Pictures, and so much more! $12 (1 hr)
Category: @Palm Springs, @CAMP Theater, Book Signing, Kid-Friendly Activity, Presentation, Talk


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Reared and educated in Germany, Jock Peters (born Jakob Detlef Peters), immigrated to Southern California in 1922. He first worked as a set designer for Famous Players-Lasky (later Paramount Pictures). In 1927, he established himself as a free-lance designer, producing furniture and interiors. Two years later, working with the interior design firm Feil and Paradise, he had his breakthrough with his remarkable designs for the lower floors of Bullock’s Wilshire department store. Peters later completed the very upscale Hollander Store in New York and a series of exuberant and cutting-edge houses in and around Los Angeles. He also participated in several exhibitions with Richard Neutra, R. M. Schindler, Kem Weber and others, and he produced a number of designs for Park Moderne, William Lingenbrink’s visionary modernist community in Calabasas. Peters’s career was cut short in 1934, when died suddenly after a long battle with tuberculosis. 

This lecture will present many never-before-seen photographs and drawings from the Peters family’s private collection which are featured in the newly released monograph, Jock Peters, Architecture and Design: The Varieties of Modernism (Bauer and Dean Publishers, November 2021), the first book to survey his career. 

Christopher Long is Martin S. Kermacy Centennial Professor of Architectural and Design History at the University of Texas at Austin. He has published widely on various aspects of American and Central European modernism. Among his many books are Paul T. Frankl and Modern American Design (Yale University Press, 2007), Paul T. Frankl: Autobiography (DoppelHouse Press, 2013; with Aurora McClain), Kem Weber: Designer and Architect (Yale University Press, 2014), and, most recently, Jock Peters: The Varieties of Modernism–Architecture and Design (Bauer and Dean, 2021).

A book signing will immediately follow the presentation.


Things to Know

This event is for all ages.
A book signing will follow this event.
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 

CAMP Theater, 285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: 
Jock Peters, 1930. Photograph by Brett Weston. Collection Jock de Swart. Jock Peters, set for Mars. Famous Players-Lasky (not produced), c. 1926. Radio station. Pencil, pen and ink, and watercolor on paper. Jock Peters Archive, Architectural Drawings Collection, Art, Design, and Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara. Jock Peters, project for a festival hall for the Loheland Settlement, near Fulda, Germany, n.d. [1924]. Perspective. Pencil on paper. Collection Jock de Swart. Jock Peters, Bullock’s Wilshire, Los Angeles, 1929. Radiator cover in the Menswear Department. Mahogany and metal. Courtesy TFTM–Thanks for the Memories, Los Angeles. Jock Peters with W. F. Ruck, cottage (Lodge Type B) for Park Moderne (unrealized), 1930. Pencil and colored pencil on board. Jock Peters Archive, Architectural Drawings Collection, Art, Design, and Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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