Modernism and Activism Converge Under One Roof

 

Esther McCoy, The Story of a Person and A City

The drive through the streets of Los Angeles with my a 1965 trailer in tow readying for the Trailer Talk kitchen table conversations with curators Kimberli Meyer and Susan Morgan takes me on a journey through time and history on this rainy morning of November 12th. Destination: the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House on Kings Road in West Hollywood, where McCoy’s architectural writing began and the show, Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design exhibition runs through January 8th, 2012. Instead of blending into the urban landscape of over-development I am so used to in L.A, the plentiful mid-century homes and buildings I now roll past seem to call out to me in a new way. They are the surviving visual voices from a past experiment I am about to learn more about.

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