Join Design Onscreen for a special screening of William Krisel, Architect on Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2010 at The Getty Center. This visually stunning film explores the prolific career of Architect William Krisel.

Over the course of his sixty-year career, Architect William Krisel has brought “modernism to the masses,” designing more than 40,000 individual housing units across the U.S. Krisel’s influential work has come to epitomize mid-century Southern Californian design.

William Krisel, Architect (2010), directed by Jake Gorst, explores his life and work, including his roots in 1930s China, his ground-breaking designs for modern living, and interviews with scholars, his contemporaries and family. “I’m a firm believer that good modern design can make your life happier, more productive and more enjoyable,” says Krisel.

During the 1950s, Krisel built thousands of mass-produced tract homes in Palm Springs—and throughout Southern California—and thus played a key role in establishing the desert modernism of the area. His major achievement was to elevate the expectations of the average buyer of prefabricated housing in the 1950s. By devising airy dwellings with massive windows opening onto the bright expanse of the surrounding landscape, Krisel proved that modest midcentury homes did not have to be “cracker boxes” of unimaginative and claustrophobic design.

William Krisel, Architect is presented by Design Onscreen, a Denver-based nonprofit dedicated to producing, preserving and promoting high-quality films on architecture and design. Krisel’s archive now resides at the Getty Research Institute (GRI). This screening will be followed by a conversation between Krisel and Wim de Wit, head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the GRI.

Admission to this event is free, but a reservation is required. To make a reservation, please visit or call (310) 440-7300. Note, late arrivals cannot be guaranteed seating. Parking is $15.00; free after 5:00 p.m.

The Getty Research Institute is a program of the J. Paul Getty Trust. Other programs of the Trust include the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation.

TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010 7:00–9:00 P.M.
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