Modernism Week Special Film Screening: "Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler"
A Modernism Event
- Date: 02/21/2018 6:30 PM
- Location: Palm Springs Public Library - The Learning Center
300 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, California 92262
Modernism Week Special Film Screening:
Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler
Presented in Partnership with The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom)
Presented by The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom), the documentary Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler tells the story of architect Donald Wexler. The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern architecture and design. A representative from the PS ModCom Board will be on hand to introduce the film along with special guest Lance O'Donnell. The film will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC).
During the 1950s and 60s, Donald Wexler pioneered commercial and residential construction using steel and prefabrication. He applied his groundbreaking techniques and unique style to projects for clients such as Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, the Alexander Construction Company and Walt Disney World Resort. Wexler’s designs for public buildings in the Coachella Valley of California, including the dramatic Palm Springs Airport, served as both soaring and practical models for other municipalities to emulate. Today Donald Wexler’s work is garnering new appreciation worldwide and providing inspiration for a new generation of architects.
“This is the first feature length film celebrating Don’s amazing career,” says director Jake Gorst.
Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler is the third documentary produced by Design Onscreen, a Denver-based foundation dedicated to the production and preservation of high quality films on architecture and design.
Director: Jake Gorst
Executive Producers: Jill A. Wiltse and H. Kirk Brown III
Producers: Heather Purcell and David Shearer
Color 66 min.
Lance O’Donnell received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and his Master of Architecture degree from UCLA, and has practiced architecture locally since 1993. A fourth generation Coachella Valley native, O’Donnell opened his Palm Springs office, o2 Architecture, which is dedicated to discovering the essence of place. His work engages the senses and intellect with a poetic connection to site and ecologically crafted modernism. Since the late '90's, Lance collaborated with Palm Springs architect Donald Wexler on a number of significant renovations and new designs.
**PLEASE NOTE: Seating is limited and there will be some reserved seats for those having Modernism Week tickets**