Authors on Architecture: Jack Rogers Hopkins
SAH/SCC Zoom Presentation
Sunday, April 10, 2022
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Please join SAH/SCC as we explore the life and work of designer-craftsman Jack Rogers Hopkins. The bookJack Rogers Hopkins: California Design Maverick(Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts, 2022), edited by Jeffrey Head and Katie Nartonis, brings together more than 95 historical photos of Hopkins’ eclectic and visionary sculptural works, with curator notes and essays by noted design scholars.
Hopkins (1920-2006) was a contemporary of woodworker Sam Maloof (1916-2009), who was a leading figure in California Modernism of the mid 20th century, when American furniture was becoming more sculptural and free-form. Curators and writers Nartonis and Head will relay how they spent more than a decade delving into Hopkins’ life and work, which Nartonis says comprise one of the last important untold stories of the West Coast’s post-WWII design era. “Hopkins was part of a community of studio makers who really came to define the period and its lasting impact,” she says.
A seminal 2003 exhibitionThe Maker’s Hand: American Studio Furniture, 1940-1990, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, spotlighted America’s most respected 20th century studio makers, placing Hopkins among his better-known peers including Maloof, George Nakashima (1905-1990), Wharton Esherick (1887-1970), and Arthur Espenet Carpenter (1920-2006).
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