The Historical Society of Michigan features a substantial illustrated biography of John Lautner, written by Melissa Matuscak, Director and Curator of the DeVos Art Museum in Marquette, Michigan. Matuscak curated the popular exhibit on Lautner last year, in the DeVos Museum. The text of the article was reviewed for accuracy by members of the board of directors of The John Lautner Foundation.
The DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan, received a number of thank you cards from classes of local school children who visited the museum to see the John Lautner exhibit at the end of last year. Copies of the thank yous are being scanned. In the meantime, Karol Lautner Peterson photographed several in a recent visit.
A segment of yesterday’s Weekend Edition on National Public Radio focused on John Lautner. The piece brings together Lautner’s childhood experiences and his work, and offers a sense of what it is like to live in a Lautner home.
Both The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner and Infinite Space , documentaries on John Lautner’s work, will screen at a theater in Enschede, The Netherlands, on November 27, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. The films will be introduced and discussed by Bette Cohen, director and producer of The Spirit in Architecture, and Jan-Richard Kikkert, Dutch architect who has visited and recorded information on almost every Lautner building in existence, who recently traveled to Marquette, Michigan, to lecture on Lautner.
The exhibit on John Lautner at the DeVos Museum of Art in Marquette, Michigan, will close November 13. The exhibit will be open late Saturday, and will offer a closing celebration including a concert by the Terminal Orchestra.
The Michigan Museums Association has awarded the exhibit at the DeVos as well as its sister exhibit at the Marquette Regional History Center its “Most Awesome Experience” award! If you have a chance to see the two museum exhibits, one which features the work of John Lautner and the other of which delves into his family background and life in the Upper Peninsula, do it now! The history exhibit will extend into January of next year, so there is more time for that one.
Jan-Richard Kikkert and Tycho Saariste, two Dutch architects, who have made a name for themselves in their commitment to see every Lautner building extant, spoke at Northern Michigan University about John Lautner and their pursuit on September 18, 2011. You can listen to the whole lecture here:
Bette Jane Cohen, Producer of The Spirit in Architecture: John Lautner, spoke at the University on September 30, 2011, following a screening of the film. You will soon be able to see her lecture as well.
See information on the DeVos exhibit on Lautner and related events at the museum’s website.
Interlochen Public Radio, a service of Interlochen Center for the Arts, broadcasts a weekly show called “Points North”, featuring articles of interest particularly to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. On September 8, the broadcast was about John Lautner. The host noted the opening of the exhibits in Marquette and spoke with Nicholas Olsberg about Lautner.
Olsberg, former Director of the Canadian Center for Architecture, was co-curator of the exhibition at the Hammer museum on Lautner (2008) and co-wrote the exhibit’s catalog.
The Foundation and the Los Angeles Conservancy are pleased to announce details of the long-awaited panel discussion on preservation. On October 9, five panelists will discuss their experiences with renovating or restoring Lautner homes.
Where: Wilshire Christian Church Fellowship Hall (Wilshire and Normandie).
When: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
How much: $15 general public, $10 members of either organization
Who: The panelists are:
Helena Arahuete (Lautner Associates) on Harvey House (1950)
Frank Escher (Escher GuneWardena) on Chemosphere (1960)
Mark Haddawy (owner) on Harpel (1956)
Michael LaFetra (owner) on Rawlins (1980) or Stevens (1968)
Ron Radziner (Marmol Radziner) on Garcia (1962)
Each panelist will introduce his or her project with a five-minute slide presentation, then Conservancy Executive Director Linda Dishman will moderate the discussion. The aim of the discussion is to have a candid dialogue that will ultimately advance our thinking and practice when it comes to preserving Lautner (and other) structures.