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“Millard Sheets and Midcentury Modern LA: Unknown Gems and Preservation Challenges”

Adam Arenson is an associate professor of history and the director of the urban studies program at Manhattan College. He is the author of the award-winning Banking on Beauty: Midcentury Commercial Architecture in California (University of Texas Press, 2018), as well as The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War (Harvard University Press, 2011), and co-editor (with Andrew Graybill) of Civil War Wests: Testing the Limits of the United States (UC Press, 2015), and (with Jay Gitlin and Barbara Berglund) of Frontier Cities: Encounters at the Crossroads of Empire (University of Pennsylvania Press, December 2012). Arenson has published a half-dozen scholarly articles, as well written for The New York Times Disunion series, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and History News Network. He has spoken about his research on the art and architecture of Home Savings for Claremont Heritage, the Marciano Art Foundation, the California Preservation Foundation, Palm Springs Modernism Week, and other venues. He has been award a Certificate of Merit for his book and its preservation advocacy by DOCOMOMO-US, which declared “Arenson’s research has uncovered an extensive legacy of 'every man modernism' that was largely unknown and under-appreciated, and brings attention to main street architecture with real design value." Banking on Beauty also won the PROSE Award for the best book on architecture or urban planning published in 2018. Arenson holds an A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard and a Ph.D. in History from Yale. More about his research on U.S. history, memory, and visual culture can be found at http://adamarenson.com



KaleidoLA: The Speaker Series of the Department of Art & Art History

*Murphy Recital Hall, 12:15pm-1:15pm

The speaker series provides a context to explore a ‘kaleidoscopic’ range of interdisciplinary and intersecting experiences in the art world.  Drawn primarily from Los Angeles arts professionals, the speaker series features presentations and workshops by a spectrum of emerging and veteran practitioners, as well as, recent alumni from LMU’s art and art history program.  The series is free and open to the university and the public. 

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