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Don't Miss SOHO's San Diego Modernism Weekend 2005

By Bill Lawrence, Modernism Committee Chairman

This year's Modernism Weekend promises to be a weekend filled with great architecture and art and the opportunity to meet those who have shaped San Diego's modernist heritage. We invite you to share in the excitement.

On public display for the first time will be an exhibition of sculpture, paintings and crafts produced by San Diego artists through the 1950s and 1960s. Dave Hampton, a local authority and collector will open the exhibition with a brief discussion of this dynamic San Diego art scene. Artists Joe Nyiri and Richard Allen Morris will lend their insights into this remarkable period in a forum moderated by Mr. Hampton.

Todd Pitman will present an intimate look at the life and work of Lloyd Ruocco, universally respected as one of the fathers of San Diego's post war modern architectural and artistic movements. Pitman has done years of independent research on the work of Lloyd Ruocco. Through this work, he has documented nearly one hundred built projects and has interviewed original owners, friends and colleagues of Lloyd and Ilse Ruocco From his early career in private residences, through his futurist urban planning schemes, few stones will lay unturned in this whirlwind tour through Ruocco's spectacular career. This examination of the Ruocco legacy will add to the context of Sunday's home tour, which features several Ruocco designs.

The signature event of Saturday's activities is the Modern Masters forum, meet and hear from those who have defined San Diego's Modernist legacy. Always interesting, engaging and in some cases surprising, this year's forum features local architects Eugene Weston III, Leonard Veltzer and Loch Crane who played significant roles in the development of San Diego's modern heritage.

After a stimulating day of lectures and art exhibition, relax and unwind with a glass of wine or martini, and meet with friends of mid-century progressive art and architecture in one of the most spectacular modern homes in San Diego. This year we return to the site of one of our first Modernism Weekend reception homes, The Bobertz Residence (1955) to view the completed restoration and landscape plan. If you have visited the home in the past, or are new to Craig Ellwood's designs, this is an evening you will not want to miss!

This year's home tour showcases the work of local architect/philosopher Lloyd Ruocco. View untouched examples of his interiors; exteriors as well as recently restored homes, and those currently under restoration. Bring your cameras and walking shoes - this is going to be a very memorable tour. This is your chance to view modern living at its best!

2005 - Volume 36, Issue 3

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