breaking ground: chinese american architects in los angeles (1945-1980)

Bob's Big Boy, Norms, Pann's -- Does the word "Chinese" come to mind when you think of these Los Angeles diner fixtures? Probably not. But the Chinese American Museum's upcoming exhibit, Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945-1980), gives some love to four unsung architects who helped shape how we see and experience the city today. More information:
Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945-1980) will showcase the architectural achievements of four pioneering Chinese American architects whose contributions were critical to the development of Los Angeles' urban and visual landscape between 1945 and 1980. The exhibit will focus on the lives and work of Eugene K. Choy, Gilbert Leong, Helen Liu Fong, and Gin Wong, architects who played pivotal roles in the development of Mid-Century Modern and Googie Architecture movements unique to California's Post-War architectural renaissance.

Breaking Ground is part of Pacific Standard Time. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty Foundation, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

Additional funding is provided by the MetLife Foundation's Museum and Community Connections program.

Click here to learn more about Pacific Standard Time.

Exhibit Sponsors:
 - The Getty Foundation
 - MetLife Foundation Museum and Community Connections
 - Institute for Museum and Library Services
 - Japanese American Community Services of Southern California / Cecilia Nakamura Fund
 - Friends of the Chinese American Museum
 - El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
It's a great way to kickstart the Lunar New Year. Exhibit opens Thursday, January 19. Learn more about this and other events at CAM here.

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