Pedro E. Guerrero: The Photographer of Mid-Century New Canaan
September 28, 2018
through December 9, 2018
Pedro E. Guerrero is internationally known for his work with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder (1898–1976) and Louise Nevelson (1899–1988), as well as his photographs of Modern houses for popular mid-century shelter magazines. This exhibition includes 35 of Guerrero’s black and white photos, many depicting the architecture for which the town is famous, as well as a gallery devoted to the life of Guerrero and his family in New Canaan during some of the town’s most tumultuous years.
Born in 1917 in segregated Arizona to parents of Mexican descent, Guerrero was 22 years old when he captured the attention of Frank Lloyd Wright. They formed a personal and professional bond that has been described as that of father and son. Like many of the architects Guerrero documented, he moved to then-rural New Canaan just after service in World War II and began building his own Modernist house. He became an active member of the community and a strong voice against the Vietnam War, making national headlines as “The Dove on the Draft Board.” Though this stance landed him on magazine blacklists and ended his freelance career, he spent years documenting artists he admired.
The photographic exhibit was organized by the New Canaan Historical Society with Edward Cella Art + Architecture of Los Angeles, the gallery which represents Guerrero’s estate. Other events planned in conjunction with the exhibition include lectures, film showings and a dinner discussion with Guerrero family members.
September 28 - December 9
Opening Reception September 28, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
New Canaan Historical Society, CT
Week of September 23rd
26Marcel Breuer: Building Global Institutions
28Pedro E. Guerrero: The Photographer of Mid-Century New Canaan
29Revisiting Ada Louise Huxtable’s Walking Tours of Modern Architecture, No.3: Third Avenue