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Video: Goff in the Desert

We heard about this video and thought it might be a fun way to learn more about the various buildings designed by the late Bruce Goff. We were delighted to learn Goff in the Desert is available on Netflix, and promptly added it to our queue.

Goff gained notoriety over the years as an inspired and eccentric architect. A good deal of his work is located here in Oklahoma and the neighboring states of Missouri, Texas, and his native home of Kansas. Ironically, the greatest appreciation for his work seems to be far from where it happens to be located. This DVD is a good example.

Produced in 2003 by German filmmaker, Heinz Emigholz, the disk is more a reference work than documentary. To consider Goff in der W├╝ste (the film's German title) a movie would be like comparing a catalog to a novel. I mention this not as a complaint, but more a forewarning for those that might be expecting something more... um, narrative.

Okay, enough about what it's not.

What you do have here is a chronolog…

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Modern Architecture Photography Exhibition Comes to Oklahoma

Oklahoma Modernism Rediscovered
April 30 to June 7, 2009
Oklahoma City Museum of ArtFamous architectural photographer, Julius Shulman, stopped by OKC's Untitled Artspace last September for a small exhibition and lecture. If you were unable to attend that event, don't despair- you'll have another chance April 30 through June 7, 2009. Those are the dates for Julius Shulman: Oklahoma Modernism Rediscovered, featuring photographs of some of Oklahoma's most unique mid-century buildings. Photographed by one of the world's most famous architectural photographers!

If the name doesn't ring a bell, the style probably will (see Modernity and Metropolis from the Getty Archive). Shulman, now 99, is credited with creating the "look" associated with California modernism. His photographs of architectural icons designed by Neutra, Koenig and Lautner have become icons in their own right.

The exhibit in Oklahoma Ci…

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