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Authors on Architecture: Bills on Rand
SAH/SCC Lecture & Book Signing
Sunday, October 14,2018, 02:00 PM




Join SAH/SCC and the Santa Monica Public Library (Moore Ruble Yudell, 2006) as we celebrate the legendary architectural photographer and native Angeleno Marvin Rand (1924-2009). Author, architectural historian, and SAH/SCC member Emily Bills, Ph.D., will give a dynamic presentation featuring rarely seen images from the Rand archive, based on the new book California Captured (Phaidon, 2018), which she co-authored with Sam Lubell and Pierluigi Serraino, AIA.

Los Angeles photographer Rand created iconic images of some of the most celebrated architectural creations of his time, photographing buildings by modern masters Craig Ellwood (1922-1992), Louis Kahn, FAIA (1901-1974), and Frank Lloyd Wright, FAIA (1867-1959), among so many others, to capture the essence of their work. In doing so, he played a critical role in shaping the mid-century California style now worshiped the world over. Long overshadowed by other photographers, such as Julius Shulman (1910-2009) and Ezra Stoller (1915-2004), Rand was the photographer of choice for architectural historian Esther McCoy (1904-1989). Rand was also active in early preservation efforts in Los Angeles, including the campaign to save the Dodge House (1916-1970) by Irving Gill, AIA (1870-1936).

Bills received her Ph.D. in the history of architecture and urban planning from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. She is Participating Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of the Urban Studies Program at Woodbury University. Her work on architecture and urbanism has been published in many journals and books, including Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America (Gibbs Smith, 2016); Women and Things, 1750-1950: Gendered Material Strategies (Routledge, 2016); Visual Merchandising: The Image of Selling (Routledge, 2016); and Engagement Party: Social Practice at MOCA, 2008-2012 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2013). She has curated exhibitions on photographers Hélène Binet , Pedro E. Guerrero (1917-2012), Catherine Opie (b. 1961), and Richard Barnes, among others.

The new book California Captured, featuring some of Rand’s most treasured images of Southern California modernism, will be available for sale and signing by the author.

Authors on Architecture: Bills on Rand—Sunday, October 14, 2018; 2-4PM; Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium, Santa Monica Central Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.; free; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis; 310.458.8600.

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