Spokane Modern Architecture 1948–73

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When a small group of Modern architects began practicing in Spokane in the late 1940s, they ushered in a period of creativity the likes of which the region had never seen. Trained by Walter Gropius, schooled in Europe, and wooed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Spokane’s mid-century “form-givers” challenged deeply held notions of design, receiving national recognition for their efforts. An exhibit at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture will explore their influence both on succeeding generations of Spokane architects and on architecture itself, through interviews, vintage photography, original drawings, published materials, lighting, and furnishings. In addition to curating the project, helveticka is responsible for design, research, writing, fabrication, and installation oversight. The exhibit will be housed in the MAC’s main gallery, and will run March 2 – November 2, 2013.