Aaron G. Green and California Organic Architecture
January 21 – May 28, 2017 Curated by Alan Hess
See Aaron G. Green and California Organic Architecture website at aaronggreen.net
Palos Verdes Art Center is pleased to announce Aaron G. Green and California Organic Architecture, opening January 21, 2017. The exhibition features rare photographs and original architectural renderings and plans from the noted architect’s office, as well as period shelter magazines spotlighting Green’s work. The exhibition will remain on view at PVAC through May 28, 2017.
Architect Aaron G. Green (1917-2001) FAIA, was one of Organic Architecture’s most talented proponents. Inspired by the complex patterns, rugged textures and varied forms of nature, Organic Modernism offered an alternative to the sharp-edged glass box Modernism known as the International Style. Though he worked primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area, Green launched his career in Los Angeles after World War II when the region’s creative energy flourished.
Green’s long independent practice produced Organic designs for custom homes, public housing, churches, schools, and internment facilities. He was widely published in House Beautiful and Architectural Digest. But his additional role as Frank Lloyd Wright’s associate in their joint San Francisco office also placed him at the forefront of some of America’s most visionary architecture during the fruitful final decade of Wright’s life. The graceful Butterfly Wing bridge to cross southern San Francisco Bay was never built, but the equally visionary Marin County Civic Center was; Wright entrusted Green to see it to completion after Wright’s death.
This is the first exhibit of Aaron G. Green’s work to be presented in Southern California.
– Alan Hess, Curator