Renowned architect John Lautner would have turned 100 years old on July 16, 2011. Part of Frank Lloyd Wright’s first group of fellows, Lautner is known for his sculptural designs that bind building to topography. Yet that same ability to design a structure around its site also resulted in innovative forms that have been featured in famous photographs and Hollywood films. Lautner amassed a prolific body of work during his 83 years as well as the honor of being named “the second-best architect in the world,” by Wright.
Most of Lautner’s dramatic buildings are custom residential projects in the Los Angeles area. Beginning July 16—officially declared John Lautner Day in L.A.—a series of events lasting through Nov. 13 will showcase those homes with exclusive tours, exhibitions, films, lectures, and more. Organized by The John Lautner Foundation, events will take place in several L.A.-area venues as well as in Marquette, Mich., which is Lautner’s birthplace . Highlights include a house tour on July 23 offering rare access inside four Lautner projects in L.A., co-presented with the MAK Center for Art and Architecture; and a gala held July 24 inside the Harpel Residence with original owners of the Chemosphere and Silvertop residences as guests of honor.
Exhibitions for the “John Lautner Turns 100” series will be held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art July 16– 24; the DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University (Lautner’s alma mater) from Aug. 19 to Nov. 13; the Getty Research Institute at the Getty Center in fall 2011; and the Marquette Regional History Center from Aug. 19 through Jan. 7, 2012.
For a complete schedule of events, visit the foundation’s website.