Please join us for the Docomomo US/WEWA annual holiday party—this year offered in combination with the closing reception of the Jack Christiansen exhibit in Gould Gallery (in Gould Hall) at the University of Washington.
Bring your good cheer and celebrate Modernism with us! Enjoy appetizers and a hosted full bar on us!
WHEN: Thursday, December 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Gould Gallery | Gould Hall | UW College of Built Environments (3950 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98195)
The closing reception is co-sponsored by the UW Department of Architecture and Docomomo US/WEWA.
The Docomomo US/WEWA Board of Directors will hold an Annual Meeting at 5:00 pm to take care of some Board business and to discuss plans for 2020. The Annual Meeting is open to the public.
About the exhibit: “Sculpture on a Grand Scale: The Work of John V. “Jack” Christiansen“
John V. “Jack” Christiansen (1927-2017) was a prolific American designer of thin shell concrete structures. Through the use of innovative, reusable formwork systems, Christiansen proved the viability of shell construction in the Pacific Northwest and became a significant creative contributor to the mid-century modern architecture of the region. Christiansen pushed his shell structures to unprecedented spans, culminating in the design of the Seattle Kingdome – an essential part of Seattle’s professional sports culture and the largest concrete dome in the world in its time. This exhibit samples Christiansen’s significant work in thin shell concrete through different eras, charting his design trajectory from the 1950s through the 1990s.
The exhibit is on view through December 6, 2019. If you are not able to join us at the closing reception December 5, be sure to catch the exhibit during regular hours, M/W/Th/F: NOON to 4:30 pm; Tu: NOON to 7 pm; closed Sat/Sun and holidays. Or learn more about Christiansen and his work in the new book by UW Assistant Professor Tyler Sprague (and Docomomo US/WEWA President), Sculpture on a Grand Scale: Jack Christiansen’s Thin Shell Modernism.
Docomomo WEWA’s programs are partially supported by a 4Culture Preservation Sustained Support Grant.
Cover image courtesy Docomomo US/WEWA.