When Stephen Kanner, Founder and President of the A+D Architecture and Design Museum, passed away recently, the facility mourned its loss by temporarily closing until mid-September 2010. It has since reopened, with the timing planned to coincide with the annual AIA/LA Design Awards, celebrating the works of Los Angeles architects.
Kanner established the museum in response to the city's need for a space devoted to progressive architecture and design. Since 2001, it has pursued a mission of using exhibits, educational programs, and public outreach to celebrate and promote awareness of progressive Architecture and Design in everyday life. Apart from providing a showcase for innovative work, the museum also serves as a forum for contemporary issues in architecture, urbanism, and design.
Exhibitions and installations change frequently. Most recently organized was a retrospective in memory of Kanner (1955-2010). Evenings of interactive art and music, urban hikes, and screenings of architecturally relevant films are also offered regularly.
The A+D Architecture and Design Museum is located on Los Angeles' "Museum Row" at 6032 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90036. Operating hours are from 11am to 5pm on Tuesday through Friday and from noon till 6pm on weekends; closed Mondays. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for seniors and students, and free for A+D members and children under 12 years of age. Metered parking is available on the street.
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