Between 2006 and 2013, artist Lauren Bon and her Metabolic Studio team transformed the area below Los Angeles’ North Spring Street Bridge into a vibrantly creative space that served as a public square, ceremonial ground, art gallery, community garden, and musical instrument. In Jeremy Rosenberg’s award-winning oral history book, Under Spring: Voices + Art + Los Angeles, sixty-six people from all walks of life chronicle the space’s many metamorphoses, and in doing so construct an energized account of change and development in L.A. Under Spring is the winner of the 2013 California Historical Society Book Award. Jeremy Rosenberg is the Assistant Dean, Public Affairs and Special Events, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Connect with him on Twitter @LosJeremy
All Night Menu is a series of booklets about the untold histories of Los Angeles. Each volume contains eight addresses; each address reveals a different strand of LA culture. The booklets draw from all time periods, subcultures, and sections of the city. Their only bias is towards subjects distinct to Los Angeles and unnoticed by the rest of the world. Sam Sweet has written about surfing, music, and Southern California for the New Yorker and the Paris Review. He lives in Highland Park.
This conversation is part of a brown bag luncheon series sponsored by ICW. The event is open to any who wish to attend so please feel free to bring your own lunch and join us.
Jessica Kim is an assistant professor of history at California State University, Northridge. She is currently working on a book project titled “Oilmen and Cactus Rustlers: Mexico and the Rise of Modern Los Angeles, 1865-1940. Focusing on the first century of Los Angeles’ phenomenal growth, the study explores how Angeleno and Mexican investors, elected officials, workers, lawyers, and journalists first forged and then negotiated the relationship between an urban core in Southern California and an imagined and real periphery that stretched across the border deep into Mexico.This conversation is part of a brown bag luncheon series sponsored by ICW. The event is open to any who wish to attend so please feel free to bring your own lunch and join us.
Principal investigators Greg Hise (UNLV) and William Deverell (ICW and USC), along with project team members Kris Mun and Jessica Kim, as well as fifteen additional curators, are delighted to announce the launch of our collaborative online exhibit exploring "Form and Landscape" in the Los Angeles Basin. The project is drawn entirely from the Southern California Edison archive at The Huntington, and we are grateful to both the Huntington and the Getty, as well as numerous colleagues at each institution, who helped bring this project to completion. Please access the site at pstp-edison.com