As part of Pacific Standard Time, the Los Angeles Conservancy and its Modern Committee are hosting a one-time-only tour exploring the art and architecture of Millard Sheets in Claremont and Pomona, followed by a panel discussion with Sheets’ daughter and artists who worked with him. Sheets was an influential artist, designer, and educator who made an indelible mark on the postwar Southern California landscape with mid-century designs that integrate art and architecture. He’s perhaps best known for the iconic, mosaic-covered branches of Home Savings (later Washington Mutual; now Chase) throughout Southern California. In recent years, his work has grown increasingly vulnerable to demolition and excessive alteration.
Tourgoers will enjoy a curated look at important examples of his work in Claremont and Pomona, as well as the contributions of his many peers and protégés. Tour sites include the Former Millard Sheets Studio (1956-9); Garrison Theater, Scripps College (1963); Pomona First Federal, now American Museum of Ceramic Art (1956); Pomona First Federal, now US Bank (1969); Pomona Mall (1962); and (from the Mall) Home Savings Tower, now Chase Bank (1963).
Guests will also have access to two other Pacific Standard Time events: Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975 at AMOCA, which includes hundreds of pieces by artists who had direct connections to Sheets; and Clay’s Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price and Peter Voulkos, 1956-1968 at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, which explores the role of ceramics in mid-century art in Los Angeles. Following the tour there will be a panel discussion at Claremont United Church of Christ, also designed by Sheets.
Tickets for Millard Sheets: A Legacy of Art and Architecture are $30 for the general public, $25 for Los Angeles Conservancy members, $15 for students, and $10 for children 12 and under. Ticketholders receive free admission to the panel discussion, and tickets for just the panel are $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.
Millard Sheets: A Legacy of Art and Architecture
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Tour 11:30am – 4pm; Panel Discussion 5pm
(Photo Credit:artinfo.com, Scripps College, Annie Laskey/L.A. Conservancy)