Albert Frey: Inventive Modernist

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Where

Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion

When

January 13, 2024 – June 3, 2024

Where

Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion

When

January 13, 2024 – June 3, 2024

Albert Frey (American, born Switzerland, 1903-1998) helped to establish Palm Springs as a world-recognized center for modern architecture and design. He was the first architect to design a modern International Style structure for Palm Springs and paved the way for modern architecture and the architects that followed.

Steeped in early European modernism, Frey's adroit handling of low-cost and low-maintenance industrial materials, sublime desert color combinations, and appealing geometric compositions give him a unique and permanent place in the idiom of "desert modernism" and succinctly expressed his two greatest loves—nature and architecture.

His mark on Palm Springs is indelible and includes such recognized icons as the Palm Springs City Hall, Fire Station #1, The Palm Springs Visitors Center, The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Valley Station, The Loewy House, and his final home, known as Frey House II, as well as hundreds of other notable projects.

"….the sun, the pure air and the simple forms of the desert create perfect conditions for architecture."

Albert Frey in a letter to Le Corbusier, 1935 about Palm Springs

Exhibition Highlights

<em>Job 31: Hatton (Raymond) House (Rancho Mirage, Calif.)</em>, 1947
Job 31: Hatton (Raymond) House (Rancho Mirage, Calif.), 1947
Julius Shulman, <em>Albert Frey in front of Frey House I</em>, ca. 1955
Julius Shulman, Albert Frey in front of Frey House I, ca. 1955
Unknown photographer, <em>Albert Frey in front of his Ford Thunderbird at Frey House I</em>, ca. 1955
Unknown photographer, Albert Frey in front of his Ford Thunderbird at Frey House I, ca. 1955
Julius Shulman, <em>Palm Springs City Hall. Architects: Clark, Frey, and Chambers</em>, 1958
Julius Shulman, Palm Springs City Hall. Architects: Clark, Frey, and Chambers, 1958
Julius Shulman, <em>Job 2519: Palm Springs City Hall (Palm Springs, Calif.)</em>, 1958
Julius Shulman, Job 2519: Palm Springs City Hall (Palm Springs, Calif.), 1958
Julius Shulman, <em>Job 2726: Premiere Apartments (Palm Springs, Calif.)</em>, 1958
Julius Shulman, Job 2726: Premiere Apartments (Palm Springs, Calif.), 1958

Exhibition curated by Brad Dunning, Guest Curator.


Albert Frey: Inventive Modernist is presented by the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation.

Lead sponsorship provided by Geoffrey De Sousa & José Manuel Alorda, James Gaudineer & Tony Padilla, Brent R. Harris & Lisa K. Meulbroek & The Harris Charitable Trust, Elizabeth Edwards Harris, Roland Lewis & Michael Noll, Palm Springs Life, The Sam & Diane Stewart Family Foundation, Trina Turk, and Stephen Winters & Don Curtis.

Additional funding provided by L.J Cella, Amanda & Michael Erlinger, Mimi & Steve Fisher, Joan & Gary Gand, Arthur Keller & Mark Gauthier, Eric Kranzler, Tobias Meyer & Mark Fletcher, Jim Moore, Douglas Moreland, Julie Rogers, Ronnie Sassoon & James Crump, Christine & Jim Scott, Bonnie Serkin & Will Emery, Nancy Sinatra, and Jim & Kathy Simpson.

Title sponsor of the book provided by Roland Lewis & Michael Noll.

Additional support for the exhibition provided by Larry Hochanadel Construction and Golden State Terrazzo, Inc.

as of 1/2/2024

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