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Richards' furniture and other designs are featured in Frank Lloyd Wright's Legacy in San Diego: the Taliesin Architects, an exhibition at the La Jolla Historical Society organized by Keith York of Modern San Diego, that runs through Jan. 17.
Committee members included Homer Delawie, Robert Mosher, John Henderson, Angeles Leira, Jack Carpenter, Keith York and others.
For Keith York, founder and resident blogger of the web site www.modernsandiego.com, "Timing is everything.
What makes San Diego different from other cities is "a confluence of unique variables" that drew people here after World War II.
"Those who came at that time arrived with a different reason, rationale and disposition than did people who moved to most other American cities," different, even, from "Los Angeles's seemingly parallel track," York wrote.
"San Diego's military prominence and the growth of associated industries drew commissioned officers and business leaders, enlisted soldiers, sailors and factory workers and their families," York continued.
This population boom resulted in a market for custom homes (superbly designed for this place by native San Diegan Lloyd Ruocco, for example) and a great need for middle-class housing (fulfilled by tract home builders Palmer & Krisel and others).
"And that need, coupled with an 'anything goes out west' cultural foundation allowed for new ideas, new technology, new materials - a veritable blank slate for many of the region's new residents," according to York.
Read the full article by Ann Jarmusch HERE.
But Hampton and others, like Keith York, founder of the website Modern San Diego, credit Dirks as a key driving force behind San Diego's vibrant mid-20th-centry arts scene who gave up time he could have spent in his studio to organize exhibits and promote the work of other San Diego artists, many of whom went on to gain national recognition.
Read more about John Dirks HERE.
Topics ranging from "The California Design Aesthetic" to "Heath Ceramics" and "San Diego Designer-Craftsmen at Mid-Century" will be presented by respected authorities including exhibition curators Jo Lauria and Dale Carolyn Gluckman, San Diego collectors and modernism website founders Dave Hampton (ObjectsUSA) and Keith York (ModernSanDiego.com) and the owners of Heath Ceramics, Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic.