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Sat, Feb 24


Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theate

Albert Frey: A Symposium

Palm Springs Art Museum in partnership with Palm Springs Architectural Alliance, presents a symposium in celebration of Albert Frey’s work and legacy.

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Albert Frey: A Symposium
Albert Frey: A Symposium

Time & Location

Feb 24, 2024, 9:00 AM

Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theate, 101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262, USA

About the event

Palm Springs Art Museum in partnership with Palm Springs  Architectural Alliance, presents a symposium in celebration of Albert  Frey’s work and legacy. Paul Goldberger, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic, will provide the keynote address, with presentations by Brad Dunning, Frey exhibition curator; Barbara Lamprecht, architectural historian; and Joseph Rosa, architect and Frey biographer.

These four experts will be featured in a new book published in conjunction with the exhibition, Albert Frey: Inventive Modernist. The reconstruction of Frey's 1931 Aluminaire House™ at the museum makes this symposium timely in gaining a deeper  understanding of his distinctive contributions to modern architecture.

Albert Frey (1903-1998), born in Switzerland, was  one of the most important modern architects of our time.  He lived and  worked in Palm Springs since 1934, establishing a style of modernist  architecture that came to be known as "desert modernism." Over a long  and prolific career, he produced more than 200 building designs,  including such notable local landmarks as the Palm Springs City Hall,  the Aerial Tramway Valley Station with John Porter Clark and his own  residence, Frey House II, and the Aluminaire House™, both in the permanent collection of Palm Springs Art Museum.

Following the morning presentations, a box lunch will be provided in  the sculpture garden, and the Frey exhibition book will be offered for  sale with a book signing by the presenting authors.

After lunch there will be a self-driving tour of Frey sites,  featuring an architecture specialist at each site to provide insightful  historical information. Symposium participants will be provided a map of  the tour sites including several Frey structure exteriors that can  easily be viewed from the street.

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