Modernism + Film: Journeyman Architect - The Life and Work of Donald Wexler
LOCATION: BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 AT 6 P.M.Buy Tickets
JOURNEYMAN ARCHITECT - THE LIFE AND WORK OF DONALD WEXLER
Floor-to-ceiling glass walls, sunken bars, massive stone fireplaces and breathtaking views are just some aspects that can be found in a Wexler-designed building. His work is based on logic and efficiency which can be seen through his buildings that fit together perfectly with nothing out of place.
Wexler's career expanded for almost six decades, starting in 1958, during this time he worked for architect Richard Neutra and alongside Rick Harrison, William Cody and Phillip Koenig. Wexler's classic designs include El Rancho Vista Estates (1960), Alexander Steel Houses ('62), Dinah Shore Estates ('64), Palm Springs Airport ('66) plus many dozens more houses, commercial buildings and schools.
Wexler's enterprises are considered elegant, innovative and climate conscious. By using steel, glass and concrete, Wexler became a pioneer for commercial and residential construction specifically designed for the desert's climate in the California area. Eventually he would take on the nickname, "The Man of Steel" which is based on his innovative steel-frame designs with mass produced components. The "folded" metal roof, featured on the Alexander Houses, has become on of his most famous design motifs.
On Wexler's 84th birthday, The Palm Springs Foundation organized "Wexler Weekend", a three-day extravaganza that showcased his work with Wexler-designed house tours, cocktail parties and the first screening of the film Journeyman Architect.
His epic career seems to still continue even without his physical presences.
An event reception with a cash-only bar and free light bites begins at 6 p.m. in the Bechtler lobby followed by the presentation and film screening at 7 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium.
Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for museum members and $5 for students (Student tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone. Must present student ID to claim). Buy tickets online, tickets may also be purchased by phone at 704.353.9200 or at the admissions desk.
Image:Wexler and Harrison’s Leff Residence (1957). Photograph by Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai, 2005 ©Juergen Nogai; courtesy Palm Springs Art Museum.
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