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First Hand: Architects, Artists, and Designers from the L.J. Cella Collection

May 25th – September 4th, 2016
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center
 
First Hand highlights the diverse ways in which architects, designers, and artists use their hands as sources of inspiration, contemplation, and production. Assembling an impeccable selection of drawings and artwork from the L.J. Cella Collection, the exhibition draws our attention to . . .
Installation Introduction to First Hand: Architects, Artists, and Designers from the L.J. Cella Collection; Photography by David Blank
Alice Aycock, Project for Oosterpoort Cultural Center Preliminary Drawing—Isometrics, 1979, pencil on mylar, collection of Palm Springs Art Museum, gift of L.J. Cella © Alice Aycock
Lawrence Halprin, Shoreline and Eco-system at Sea Ranch, Sonoma County, California, ca. 1980, color pencil on paper, gift of L. J. Cella © Lawrence Halprin
Il Lee, Untitled SW-18, 2006, ballpoint pen on paper, gift of L.J. Cella © Il Lee and Art Projects International, New York
Richard Gluckman,  Study for Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, downtown expansion, 2003, pencil on paper, gift of L. J. Cella © Richard Gluckman
Sheila Hicks, Cord Structure, 1976, cotton and muslin, Promised gift of L.J. Cella © Sheila Hicks
Alma Allen, Untitled, 2014, Claro walnut, Promised gift of L.J. Cella, © Alma Allen
Installation view: First Hand: Architects, Artists, and Designers from the L.J. Cella Collection
Olga de Amaral, Calicanto Azul, 1987, textile, Collection Palm Springs Art Museum, gift of L.J. Cella, © Olga de Amaral
Installation view: First Hand: Architects, Artists, and Designers from the L.J. Cella Collection
Walter Jean Hood, De Young Museum Elevation Sculpture Garden, Café, 2000, ink, watercolor, photo montage and crayon on paper, gift of L. J. Cella © Walter Jean Hood, Creative Director of Hood Design Studio, Inc.

First Hand highlights the diverse ways in which architects, designers, and artists use their hands as sources of inspiration, contemplation, and production.  Assembling an impeccable selection of drawings and artwork from the L.J. Cella Collection, the exhibition draws our attention to how architects convey spatial ideas in two dimensions and how artists use fiber, wood, and clay to create three-dimensional objects. Featuring exquisite architectural drawings by Daniel Libeskind, Carlos Diniz, and Lawrence Halprin alongside elegant artworks by Alma Allen and Sheila Hicks, the exhibition reveals how spontaneous drawing, meticulous craftsmanship, and humble materials can become essential components in the creative process when transformed by the artist’s hand.

This exhibition is organized by Palm Springs Art Museum.

A+D Center Exhibitions Sponsors: John Boccardo and Derek Esplin.

Exhibition Season Sponsors: Dorothy C. Meyerman and Marion & Bob Rosenthal.