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  • Five California Architects (Cover Image from Reprint by Hennessey + Ingalls, Santa Monica) (1960 )

    Esther McCoy

    Originally published in 1960, Five California Architects is widely regarded as a classic in its field. Acclaimed by many prominent architects and architectural historians, Five California Architects is considered to be one of the most important books on American architectural history ever written.

    Book 193 pages
    Courtesy of Hennessy + Ingalls, Inc

  • A Collection of Works by Architectural Historian and Writer Esther McCoy, on Display at R. M. Schindler's Kings Road House (1922) in West Hollywood (2011)

    Esther McCoy

    The books on display at the Schindler House are as follows: (1) Five California Architects (NY: Rienhold, 1960), (2) Richard Neutra (NY: G. Braziller, 1960), (3) Vienna to Los Angeles: Two Journeys (Santa Monica: Arts & Architecture Press, 1979), (4) The Second Generation (Salt Lake Ctiy: Peregrine Smith, 1984), (5) Blueprints for Modern Living: History and Legacy of the Case Study Houses (Los Angeles: MOCA, 1989), with McCoy essay, "Arts & Architecture Case Study Houses," (6) Craig Ellwood (New York: Walker & Co., 1997), (7) Living for Young Homemakers (previously Mademoiselle’s Living), 3, no. 2 (February 1950), (8) Arts & Architecture, The Entenza Years (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1990), ed. Barbara Goldstein with essay by Esther McCoy, (9) The California Quarterly, 3, no. 1 (Autumn 1953), featuring McCoy’s fiction, "The Pepper Tree," (10) High Styles: Twentieth-Century American Design (New York: Whitney Museum, 1985), with McCoy essay, "The Rationalist Period," (11) David Gebhard and Robert Winter, A Guide to Architecture in Southern California (Los Angeles: LACMA, 1965), (12) Grand Street 7, no. 2 (Winter 1988), featuring McCoy essay, "The Death of Dreiser: A Memoir."

    Courtesy of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House

MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House

Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design

This exhibition is the first to focus on the formidable range of architectural historian Esther McCoy's practice, and affirm her unassailable role as a key figure in American modernism. To research the exhibition, the co-curators - writer Susan Morgan and MAK Center director Kimberli Meyer - have worked closely with local archives and the Esther McCoy papers, an invaluable primary source comprised of thousands of documents and photographs which are housed at the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art. Through photographs, drawings, texts, videos, and audio interviews, Sympathetic Seeing will highlight the extraordinary range and importance of McCoy's work. The exhibition covers McCoy's activist journalism focusing on fair labor practices and Los Angeles slum clearances in the 1930s; her work with R.M. Schindler first as a draftsperson and later a critic and historian of his work; the Arts & Architecture magazine years and the rise of innovative domestic architecture; her campaign to save Irving Gill's 1916 Dodge House; and her always incisive stories that deliver an irresistibly compelling, first-hand view of American modernism.
09/28/2011 01/29/2012
MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069