Sunday, February 28, 2010

William Krisel, Architect: Los Angeles Premiere, April 13th, Getty Museum Harold Williams Auditorium


Poster art for "William Krisel, Architect"

The long-awaited documentary on the life of architect William Krisel (see above trailer) will be premiering in Los Angeles on April 13th at the Getty Museum's Harold Williams Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

I was privileged to be part of the film by providing: research assistance, interview candidates and questions, building location scouting, hi-res scans of stills used in the film including material from my private collection, and interview of myself by film maker Jake Gorst.

Film maker Jake Gorst at work. Location scouting by John Crosse, Airport-Marina Towers, 1971, William Krisel. Photo by John Crosse.

Jake Gorst and I had the distinct honor of being the last people to interview Julius Shulman on film before his passing last July (see below).

Film maker Jake Gorst filming me interviewing Julius Shulman in his studio. Photo by Phil Weyland.

Go to the Design Onscreen link to learn more about their other films and philosophy.

It's hard to believe, but even though Krisel is responsible for thousands of dwellings in Palm Springs, he was so prolific a designer that his desert work constitutes only 5 % of his total production. For more on Krisel's Palm Springs work see

Chris Menrad House, Twin Palms, Palm Springs, William Krisel, Architect. Photo by John Crosse.

Krisel was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the AIA-LA Design Awards Party at the Egyptian Theater on Oct. 21st.  The above photo announcing same was published in January/February 2010 issue of "Form: Pioneering Design." Krisel also had an exhibition of his work at the MODAA Gallery in the Studio Pali Fekete, Architects Building in Culver City last November. (see below).

Photo by Julius Shulman. Poster design by Studio Pali Fekete.

Krisel's archives were recently acquired by the Getty Research Institute where they will reside in the pantheon of Southern California Mid-Century Modernism alongside those of Julius Shulman, John Lautner, Pierre Koenig, Ray Kappe and others. The archives couldn't have found a better home. The Getty Research Institute is fast becoming a most important one-stop location for the in-depth study of the region's unique brand of  modern architecture studied and emulated by architect's and researchers around the world.

Bill Krisel, Wim de Wit, and Christopher Alexander previewing Krisel Archives, 2009. Photo by John Crosse.

Krisel commissioned me to organize his papers and drawings in anticipation of the Getty's acquisition. The above photo is of Wim de Wit, Head of the Getty Research Institute's Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art and assistant Christopher Alexander previewing Bill's archives at his Rancho Santa Fe Compound last spring. My summary of the archive's contents can be found at the link below. See also the Getty Research Institute link under my Links of Interest to the right.

William Krisel Archive