Julia Morgan’s passion for historical architecture and her fearless ability to artfully combine a variety of style elements firmly placed her among the true originators of California Design. California’s first licensed woman architect, Julia Morgan was a pioneer and an innovator whose superior talent attracted patronage from all echelons of society. While her most famous achievements are the monumental Hearst Castle and Wyntoon for William Randolph Hearst, Morgan’s works for the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) have become vital points of interest for art, design, and social historians alike.
The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) is proud to present Julia Morgan: Foundation and Transition, a historical design exhibition with special emphasis on the RAM building -- former home of the Riverside YWCA -- which is one of only two currently functioning Southern California YWCA buildings designed by Morgan. The exhibition will showcase a variety of architectural plans, prints, drawings, and photographs pulled from RAM’s permanent collection, the Riverside Library Local History Archive, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Julia Morgan Archive.
Julia Morgan: Foundation and Transition is organized in conjunction with the statewide Julia Morgan: 2012 celebration, the first project organized by Landmarks California: The Places of Our Diverse Cultures and Histories. The goal of this celebration is to bring focus to the remarkable legacy created by Julia Morgan across the state of California.
About the curator: Lindsey Rossi is an independent curator who is a native of San Luis Obispo County, home to one of Julia Morgan’s crowning achievements, Hearst Castle. Lindsey has a BA in Art History from UCLA and an MA in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center in New York. She has worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Bard Graduate Center Gallery, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the British Museum.
Exhibition-Related RAM Programming:
- Riverside’s Long Night of Arts and Innovation on October 4, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. – 12:00 midnight. The goal of the Long Night program is to showcase the city’s accomplishments in the arts and sciences to residents, build pride in the city, and encourage youth to seek careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Along with other more art-centric activities planned for this evening, we are featuring:
- An interactive presentation for families and youth based on the Julia Morgan exhibition.
- Take a docent-led tour, “The Story To Be Told: The Arts & Innovation of Julia Morgan”, of Julia Morgan’s 1929 YWCA building that now houses the Riverside Art Museum. Learn more about the trailblazing work of California’s first licensed female architect and her work on the Riverside building.
- 2012 AIA-IC Design Awards and Panel Discussion: “Architects for a Better Tomorrow” Learn about the latest exciting architectural projects designed by Inland Empire-based architecture firms. Awards presentation includes showcase of design submissions and juror-led submissions. This event is presented by the American Institute of Architects - Inland California Chapter. Since 1966, this has been the local professional organization for architects throughout western Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The AIA-IC actively promotes architecture and the enhancement of our environment through a wide variety of programs and services designed to expand public awareness of architecture and member architects.
- Architecture in 3D: An architectural designer from HMC will take you through the process of creating a building over the course of the evening. From hand sketch, to layout, to 3D model, to final rendering, you will experience what happens behind the scenes in a modern architectural office.
- “Julia Morgan Homecoming” event for the public to share their photographs and memories of YWCA/RAM building on an interactive wall. This will take place November 1, 2012 in conjunction with Downtown Arts Walk from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
This exhibit is sponsored by:
Dan Benner & M. Rene Glynn
Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Robert E. Kennedy Library
Riverside Public Library Local History Office