BOOK SIGNING - "NOTES FROM ANOTHER LOS ANGELES: GREGORY AIN AND THE CONSTRUCTIONOF A SOCIAL LANDSCAPE"
LA Forum Book Signing Event at Hennessey + Ingalls, Thursday, September 22, 2022, 5.30 pm - 7pm
Please join us in celebrating the recently released book by the architectural historian Anthony Fontenot titled Notes from Another Los Angeles: Gregory Ain and the Construction of a Social Landscape (MIT Press, July 2022). This is the first book to focus on the California architect Gregory Ain's radical housing projects of the 1930s and 1940s, which featured open kitchens, movable walls, and other design innovations. The book explores how these extremely successful yet controversial housing projects, many of which were based on the cooperative model, promoting equality and racial integration, fused Ain’s interest in radical left-wing politics and design.
The event will consist of a conversation between Anthony Fontenot and the writer, editor, curator, and broadcaster Frances Anderton and the architect Barbara Bestor, principal of Bestor Architecture.
Frances Anderton is an author and storyteller who explores design and architecture in Los Angeles. She is the author of Common Ground: Multifamily Housing in Los Angeles(forthcoming 2022 by Angel City Press).
Barbara Bestor is an architect and principal of Bestor Architecture. Her multifamily residential projects include “Blackbirds” (2015), a high-density cluster of eighteen high-quality homes, and “San Fernando Road” (2021), a new model of housing for Los Angeles. Bestor has restored key mid-century modern houses by Ray Kappe, Rudolph Schindler, and John Lautner, including Silvertop and Salkin House, and is the author of Bohemian Modern: Living in Silver Lake (HarperCollins, 2006).
Anthony Fontenot is an historian, theorist, and curator of architecture and urbanism and is a Professor of Architecture at Woodbury University. He is the author of Non-Design: Architecture, Liberalism, and the Market (University of Chicago Press, 2022), co-author of Berlin. City Without Form: Strategies for a Different Architecture (DOM publishers, 2021) and co-author of New Orleans Under Reconstruction: The Crisis of Planning (Verso, 2014).
The event is free and in collaboration with Hennessy + Ingalls.
Books can be purchased at the event and will be signed by the author.
Refreshments will be served.