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Artist and writer Justin Beal will discuss his book Sandfuture, about the life of World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki, and the enormous influence of his work on American architecture. $12 (1 hr)
Category: @Palm Springs, @CAMP Theater, Book Signing, Kid-Friendly Activity, Presentation, Talk


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Sandfuture (MIT Press, September 2021) is a book about the life of the architect Minoru Yamasaki (1912–1986), who remains on the margins of history despite the enormous influence of his work on American architecture and society. That Yamasaki's most famous projects, the Pruitt-Igoe apartments in St. Louis and the original World Trade Center in New York, were both destroyed on national television, thirty years apart, makes his relative obscurity all the more remarkable.

Sandfuture is also a book about an artist interrogating art and architecture's role in culture as New York changes drastically after a decade bracketed by terrorism and natural disaster. From the central thread of Yamasaki's life, Sandfuture spirals outward to include reflections on a range of subjects, from the contemporary art market and the figure of the architect in literature to the perils of sick buildings and the broader social and political implications of how, and for whom, cities are built. 

Justin Beal is an artist with an extensive exhibition history in the United States and Europe. Beal graduated from Yale University with a degree in architecture and design and continued his studies at the Whitney Independent Study Program and the University of Southern California. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, and the Los Angeles Times and is included in the permanent collections of the Albright Knox Museum, the Hammer Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. Beal currently teaches at Hunter College.


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: 
Cover design by John Morgan Studio. Photograph: Battery Park Beach, May 15, 1977 Fred R Conrad, courtesy of The New York Times/Redux. Yamasaki, Leinweber & Associates. McGregor Memorial Conference Center, Wayne State University, (Detroit, Michigan 1955-1958) Balthazar Korab, photographer (courtesy of the Library of Congress). Minoru Yamasaki & Associates, World Trade Center, New York (1962-1976) Balthazar Korab, photographer 1976 (courtesy of the Library of Congress). Minoru Yamasaki & Associates, Robertson Hall, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (Princeton, New Jersey, 1961-1965) Balthazar Korab, photographer (courtesy of the Library of Congress). Yamasaki & Associates, Century Plaza Towers and Century City Hotel (Century City Los Angeles, California 1961-1966 and 1968-1975) (courtesy of Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University). Demolition of Pruitt-Igoe Apartments, April 22, 1972 US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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