AirTalk for May 9, 2013

Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic opens at the Autry

Jewish photographer Julius Shulman documented the work of the numerous modernist architects inspired by Austrian Jewish immigrant and Angeleno Richard Neutra to realize their designs in Los Angeles. Shulman's photograph of a Pierre Koennig–designed home, with two young women seated in the glass-encased living room, epitomized the modern metropolis.

Tomorrow, the Autry Museum in Griffith Park opens its exhibition chronicling the contributions of Jews to the business, arts, and skyline of Los Angeles. LA  is home to the second largest number of Jews in North America, and only Tel Aviv, New York City, and Jerusalem have more Jews in their city limits.

Members of the city’s Jewish community gave us Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the iconic Stahl House in the Hollywood Hills, the Disney Concert Hall downtown,and the Barbie Doll, to name only a few of their contributions. The Autry’s exhibit attempts to paint a broad picture of the contributions of this vastly important Angelino community.

Guests:

Karen Wilson, UCLA historian and co-curator “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic”

Carolyn Brucken, co-curator “Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic”


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