The Real City
Last updated: August 13, 2019
As Los Angeles grew from small town to major city during the 20th Century, it became a living laboratory for all aspects of urban design, from architecture to the freeway system, furniture to automobile design. In the mid-century, questions of form and function, and the consideration of light and movement through space, received more radical consideration from architects and urban planners than from most artists of that time; and indeed their work came to exert tremendous influence on succeeding generations of artists.
Urban Crude: Touring the Oil Fields of Los Angeles with Drew Heitzler and the Center for Land Use Interpretation by Corrina Peipon
Last fall I met the artist Drew Heitzler in front of the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) headquarters on Venice Boulevard in Culver City, where we boarded a sightseeing tour bus and settled in for a day of exploring the largest oil field in America: Los Angeles.
Writing Home by Susan Morgan
Writer Esther McCoy (1904–89) arrived in Los Angeles in 1932 and reckoned it was the wrong place to be. She stayed, however, and for over fifty years her sharp-eyed writing explored the radical politics, modern architecture, and sidelined literary ambitions of the endlessly compelling city.
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