Arnold Schwartzman & Stephen Gee’s Los Angeles Central Library: A History of Its Art and Architecture Talk & Signing

Monday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

Photographer Arnold Schwartzman and architectural historian Stephen Gee walk us through the city-lore razzle and visually stunning dazzle of one of our metropolis’ greatest buildings in Los Angeles Central Library: A History of Its Art and Architecture on Monday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m. Talk with signing to follow.

LACL-cvr1-20160328As the Library celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2016, the Library’s beautiful building, paintings, murals, sculptures, decor, and storied tile work are captured by the lens of renowned Hollywood photographer and graphic designer Arnold Schwartzman. Its remarkable history is chronicled by architectural historian Stephen Gee. He shares the drama of the public’s fight to save the Library on several occasions, including the heart-wrenching story of the 1986 fire that destroyed or damaged more than a million volumes. More than 250 firefighters risked their lives for the love of books, and then the citizens of the city came together to save thousands of smoke- and water-damaged books. That the priceless artwork originally installed in the 1926 building was preserved is nothing short of a civic miracle. Schwartzman shows that art—and much more—in page after page of color, all juxtaposed with historic images and blueprints, many never before published.

ArnoldSchwartzman-20160320Arnold Schwartzman, London ­born, is a renowned graphic designer and the Academy Award® ­winning documentary film director of Genocide (1981). He is the author of a number of books, including DECO LAndmarks, Art Deco Gems of Los Angeles (2005), London Art Deco (2013) and Griffith Observatory, A Celebration of its Architectural Splendor (2015). He was appointed the Director of Design for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. In 2001, Schwartzman was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by HM Queen Elizabeth II, and in 2006 was conferred the distinction of Royal Designer (RDI) by Britain’s Royal Society of Arts. Arnold lives in Los Angeles, and works in collaboration with his wife, Isolde.

StephenGeeStephen Gee is a writer and television producer based in Los Angeles. He is the author of Iconic Vision: John Parkinson, Architect of Los Angeles (Angel City Press). Gee has worked on numerous award ­winning television productions and has directed and produced live coverage of high­ profile news stories. He currently serves as an Associate Director for two University of Southern California research centers. A graduate of London’s City University, he began his career as a newspaper reporter in Norfolk, England. He has lived in Los Angeles since 1995.