A few days ago I posted about my interlude at the Botanical Gardens at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
As I still had some time before I needed to catch the bus back to Culver City, I opted to walk into Westwood Village to visit the Armand Hammer Museum, which is a part of the university.
Dr. Armand Hammer, the former Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, founded the museum in 1990 to display his art collection. He died shortly after the opening and the museum was not able to be completed. In 1994, negotiations with UCLA to take over the museum were concluded and the art galleries on campus moved into their new home, alongside Hammer’s private collection of old masters.
The museum is small compared to other art museums in the Los Angeles area. It is built around a central courtyard used for outdoor eating and seating.
I didn’t get an exterior shot of the building on this trip but if you click here there is a good photo on the website. Next time I am in the area I’ll take my own photo and update the post.
One of my favorite Van Gogh’s is housed here, the Hospital at Saint-Remy. (Although I should mention, just about all of Van Gogh’s works are my favorites!) So I first popped into the Armand Hammer Collection Gallery to pay my respects.
But my real reason for visiting was to see A. Quincy Jones: Building for Better Living. As an architectural buff, I had wanted to see the exhibit since it opened on May 25. And this was my opportunity.
A. Quincy Jones was the quintessential southern California architect, working from 1937 until his death in 1979. A professor of architecture at the University of Southern California, his innovative ideas are still reflected in the designs of buildings being constructed today. With the temperate climate of Los Angeles as a guideline, he wanted to bring about an integration of the outdoors with the indoors.
No photography was allowed of the exhibition but the photo at the top of this post gives you a pretty good idea of his style of residential architecture. And if you click here you will see half a dozen photos of his work as it is displayed in the exhibit.
Jones is credited with over 5,000 projects over a wide variety of building types, most of which are still in use today. He put as much effort and creativity into designing homes for middle class working families as he did for his rich and glamorous clients. His works run the gamut from community developments, large-scale single family homes, work spaces, churches, schools, and libraries.
The exhibit was well laid out with renderings, floor plans, photographs, perspective and axonometric drawings along with large, almost life-size murals of his installations. I always enjoy looking at construction and design drawings as one of my (many) careers was in that field for several years.
If you have an interest in contemporary architecture and happen to be in the Los Angeles area I encourage you to make the trip to the Armand Hammer. The exhibit runs through September 8, 2013. The museum is conveniently located on the corner of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards in Westwood Village, served by several buses.
Some more random shots of the museum:
Looking into Westwood at Wilshire Blvd.
Seating area with view of rooftops in the Village…
…or into the courtyard.
Please click on all the photos for a larger view.
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