Irving J. Gill: Simplicity and Reform
12:00 PM until Sunday, December 4, 2016 – 5:00 PM
Irving J. Gill (1870–1936) created a distinctive
architecture in Southern California, using a refined and
abstracted architectural vocabulary which he described
as “the straight line, the cube, the arch, and the circle.”
This exhibition examines Gill’s architectural language
and his experiments with materials and construction.
The roots of his idealistic achievement are traced to the
social concerns of the Progressive era and the Arts and
Crafts movement, and the influence of Chicago architect
Louis Sullivan (1856–1924), who argued for a “new
architecture in America,” unaffected by the past and
based on a transcendental view of nature.