A Snapshot of Mid-Century Architecture in New Canaan
June 9, 2013
through November 1, 2013
Pedro E. Guerrero is best known as Frank Lloyd Wright’s official photographer, but he also documented work by many of the most iconic mid-century architects. A long-time New Canaan resident, Guerrero photographed houses by Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, and Edward Durell Stone, among others. This lesser-known collection of his work will be on display in the New Canaan Historical Society’s new exhibit, “Pedro E. Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life”—the first-ever East Coast exhibition that extensively showcases Guerrero’s mid-century photographs.
Guerrero was hired by Wright at Taliesin West as a young art student. In addition to his photographs of Wright’s buildings, he is known for photographs of Marcel Breuer’s influential first house in New Canaan, which are on display in the show. The exhibit also includes photographs of Wright’s Taliesin West, Eero Saarinen’s Ingalls Rink, Joseph Salerno’s United Church of Rowayton, and John Black Lee’s Day House. A separate but concurrent exhibit at the New Canaan Historical Society documents the works and history of the Modern movement in New Canaan. It features the Harvard Five and the architects who followed them to New Canaan.
The Guerrero exhibit is a joint presentation of the New Canaan Historical Society and the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University, which was established by Julius Shulman to promote the understanding of architecture and design, especially as interpreted by the art of photography. It is being shown at the Gores Pavilion for the Arts, originally the Irwin Pool House, a structure designed by Landis Gores, photographed by Guerrero and recently restored by the New Canaan Historical Society.
June 9 through November 1
Gores Pavilion for the Arts, Weed Street, New Canaan, CT
Thursday – Sunday, 11:00am – 3:00pm; and by appointment
For more information, please contact The New Canaan Historical Society at 203-966-1776 or nchistory.org.