LACMA is the place to be for a robust, thought-provoking exchange of ideas. Next weekend, on June 21 and 22, we will host a two-day symposium presenting new research and preservation initiatives concerning historically significant public buildings in Los Angeles. With lectures and panel discussions by prominent architects, historians, and preservation advocates, this public program aims to raise awareness about the importance of architectural preservation and encourage a dynamic dialogue about L.A.’s civic and corporate architecture, an understudied arena that has contributed so much to the fabric of the city.
This exciting symposium will bring together speakers including Frances Anderton, host of KCRW’s DnA program; architects Barbara Bestor, Frank Escher, Ravi GuneWardena, Kelly McLeod, and Kulapat Yantrasast; Linda Dishman, president of Los Angeles Conservancy; historians Alan Hess and Wim de Wit; and designer Louise Sandhaus. LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan and conservator Mark Gilberg will also share the museum’s various preservation initiatives, including our longstanding work preserving magnificent architectural fragments, and our care of historically significant structures, like the Pavilion for Japanese Art, Watts Towers, and the James Goldstein House.