Courtesy of Nancy Frank

Robert Irwin
Drawing for Window Wall
Cal-State Long Beach, 1975
Ink, pencil, and marker on paper
23 x 31 3/4 inches
© Robert W. Irwin






Frank Brothers: The Store that Modernized Modern

January 28 – April 9, 2017

From the mid-20th century onward, the Long Beach-based Frank Bros. emporium was at the forefront of modern furniture sales and marketing in the United States (1938-1982). In its heyday, Frank Bros. was the primary U.S. source for the most coveted mid-century design including Alvar Aalto, Charles and Ray Eames, Van Keppel Green, Bruno Mathsson, Paul McCobb, and Knoll, among others. Frank Bros. also designed the interiors for more than half the Case Study Houses featured in Arts & Architecture magazine, helping define a modernism that was quintessentially Southern Californian.

Frank Bros.: The Store that Modernized Modern draws from the Frank Bros. archive at the Getty Research Institute and the Frank family personal collection, the exhibition will present the company’s arsenal of graphic material, as well as photographic documentation, travelcorrespondence, and newspaper advertisements.Larger-scale installations of mass-produced and prototypic original furniture and objects will allow visitors to understand the importance of display in a “pre-IKEA” marketplace.

Thanks to Farmers & Merchants Bank for their support of this exhibition.


Robert Irwin: Site Determined, Curated by Dr. Matthew Simms

January 27 – April 15, 2018

Robert Irwin: Site Determined is the first exhibition to explore four decades of the artist’s outdoor environmental projects through his drawings and architectural models. Starting with Irwin’s 1975 drawing for Window Wall, his first outdoor sculpture, the exhibition traces the gradually widening scope of Irwin’s art through such ambitious projects as his Arts Enrichment Master Plan for the Miami International Airport and his Central Garden at the J. Paul Getty Center. The exhibition culminates with twenty drawings and an architectural model for one of Irwin’s most important site determined works to date in Marfa, Texas. From one drawing to the next, and from one project to the next, the exhibition visitor will discover an expansion of aesthetic range as well as a gradually increasing chromatic freedom.

All events are free and open to the public. For a list of current exhibitions programming here.

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