Googie Style & The Love Show

Feb 11, 2013

aa-wms-wms2Upswept roofs. Curvaceous, geometric shapes. Glass, steel, and neon.

Boomerangs, flying saucers, atoms, and parabolas.

Mid-century modern.

Googie Architecture.

In 1949, John Lautner designed a West Hollywood coffee shop and named it Googies (Googie was a nickname for Lillian K. Burton, wife of the original owner, Mortimer C. Burton).

Editor Douglas Haskell insisted on stopping the car in which he was driving with photographer Julius Shulman to see this coffee shop at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights. He thus declared, “This is Googie architecture,” popularizing the name after an article he wrote appeared in a 1952 edition of House and Home magazine. (Wikipedia)

Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park is showing “Modern Textures & Googie Style: Reflections on a Southern California Style,” mixed media works on board by Armando Arreola, now through March 3rd.

Also on view is The Love Show.


Love, an important life source of all things biological will be explored in our February exhibit. With the arrival of spring, ribald thoughts of carnival and our desire to warm up, what better way to celebrate than to hold a valentine feast.

Contributing artists include Nancy Romero, Beth Peterson, Cola Smith, Emilia Garcia, Isabel Martinez, Jackie Jeffries, Lili Bernard, Linsley Lambert, Margaret Garcia, Mavis Leahy, Pat Gomez, Pat Payne, Pola Lopez, Sonia Romero, Sophia Gasparian, Tina Gulotta-Miller, Yana Nirvana, and Zeal Harris.

Googie Style & The Love Show
Avenue 50 Studio
131 North Avenue 50, Highland Park 90042

Examples of Googie architecture, including the original Googies:

Googie Gas Station, Beverly Hills (2)








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