Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Architect Wm. Krisel @ The Getty

Corinne Krisel, backyard of Twin Palms Estates home, Palm Springs, 1957, photo by Julius Shulman

Last night Larry and I were invited to a screening of the new documentary, "William Krisel, Architect" at The Getty Center. Bill Krisel is 85 years old, spry, witty and very much in touch with what's going on in the world. The movie was wonderful for mid-century architecture buffs.
Getty Auditorium
There were interviews within the documentary of many people involved with the modernist movement in Southern California during the 40's, 50's 60's and early 70's. Surprisingly, many of those people were at the screening as well as other dignitaries in the historic architecture community of Los Angeles.
Q & A with Wim deWit (left) and Bill Krisel (right)

We ran into many of our friends from the Modern Committee; author Alan Hess; 3-D photographer Jack Laxer and his wife, Jan; L.A. Conservancy folks; former L.A. D.A. and photographer Gil Garcetti; Krisel's childhood friend, film producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. and more.
Bill & Corinne Krisel, Getty Reception

After the screening there was a VIP reception where we could actually talk with Mr. Krisel and others in the documentary. The modern, Richard Meier-designed Getty was the perfect architectural background for this event!
Getty Center, at night

At the reception, I spied this very elegant lady with Krisel's structural engineer, Richard Bradshaw. I admired her sable hat / headband. She is Mrs. Bradshaw (actress Chanin Hale). We had a very long conversation about appropriate headgear for Southern California. I admire Mrs. Bradshaw's fashion sense and style. The Bradshaws are a delightful couple.

Mrs. Bradshaw's ring o' sable hat

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At 3:54 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're so lucky that you live near many cultural places, Ellen. Sounds like a wonderful event!


At 5:04 AM PDT, Anonymous Jake G. said...

Glad you enjoyed the film! Richard Bradshaw's wife is none other than Chanin Hale, actress best known for her work with Red Skelton. Check out here imdb page:


At 12:18 PM PDT, Blogger p!eter said...

sounds great! im in LA May 10-17th, are there any events like this (modernism, LA culture, architecture...) you could recommend me this week?
You can reach me through buzz or gmail

At 12:28 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hey p!eter - check some of the links in my post above, like the L.A. Conservancy, the Modern Committee, etc. for architectural events happening in the L.A. area.

At 11:38 AM PDT, Blogger Natalie said...

Don't you want to have a party at the Twin Palms Estate. It screams martini and string bikinis.

What an great night.


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