Exceptional Expositions Lecture at College of Environmental Design

You’re invited to a reception, lecture, book signing, and silent auction on September 17th in conjunction with the opening of Exceptional Expositions at the Environmental Design Library (on view September 8 through December 16, 2015).

This year marks the the Centennial of the Panama Pacific International Exposition and the publication of a new book on the architecture and planning of the Golden Gate International Exposition.

The event will feature presentations by Architectural Historian, Dan Gregory and College of Environmental Design Associate Professor, Andrew Shanken.

  • Gregory will give a talk titled “Fire Up the Scintillator!: Architecture, Allusion, and Re-Affirmation at the PPIE,” concerning the hyperbolic architectural character of the exposition — from the 435 foot-tall Tower of Jewels covered in 100,000 cut glass “Novagems” to the Oregon State Pavilion treated as a redwood tree-replica of the Parthenon.
  • Shanken, author of Into the Void Pacific, will give a talk titled “Very Empty, But Not False: the Architecture of the 1939 San Francisco World’s Fair”addressing the ways the architects of the GGIE felt Californian, thought regionally, and aspired to a “Pacific Architecture” just as modernism was radically changing the aesthetic of design.

A book signing of Shanken’s monograph on the Golden Gate International Exposition will follow the event. Books will be available for purchase.

Original drawings donated by designers, prints of material held by the Archives, and photographs by Jason Miler will be available for bidding.

When: Thursday, September 17, 2015 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where:Wurster Hall Gallery, 110 Wurster Hall

Students: Free with UCB ID

All others: $100.00 cash, at door or purchase online

Post contributed by

Chris Marino, Reference and Outreach Archivist

Environmental Design Archives