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Swimsuits, Swimming Pools and the Birth of Modern Body Culture

Posted February 21, 2012 by | Comments Off
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Rudi Gernreich created Modern fashion to liberate the body; model Peggy Moffitt and photographer William Claxton completed the “Total Look.” Hear about it from Peggy Moffitt andCameron Silver. Also, Daniell Cornell on the beauty and peril of the suburban swimming pool in “Backyard Oasis;” and Sidney Williams and Frederick Fisher on Sunnylands, renewed.
Banner image: Michael Childer, The Hockney Swimmer, 1978, C-print; © Michael Childers

Exploring Fashion’s “Total Look”

Peggy Moffitt wearing Rudi Gernreich design. Photo by …

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Dancing (Almost) In the Stars: Heidi Duckler Puts Cleopatra in Corporate LA

Posted February 11, 2012 by | 3 Comments
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Heidi Duckler mixes the kinetic and the static, having choreographed contemporary dance performances, since 1987, in Angeleno urban spaces, ranging from Laundromats to private Modern houses. Her most recent venue is the 51st floor of the the Paul Hastings Tower in former ARCO Plaza complex, now City National Plaza*, which she has recast as a backdrop for Cleopatra, CEO. This is a retelling, partly inspired by …

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The Architecture Meltdown: End of An Era, or Start of a New One?

Posted February 7, 2012 by | 9 Comments

My friend Scott Timberg has been writing a very interesting series for Salon about the “creative class” and what he sees as its decimation, largely by digital technology and the internet economy (and the resulting loss of ability to monetize “creative” careers), but also by the recession and other obstacles to self-employment like staggering healthcare costs. It’s really worth a read. His latest target is …

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