By the OMCA Council on Architecture
Celebrate an icon of mid-century modernist architecture, the Oakland Museum of California, with a new, expanded edition of A Gift of Architecture. The publication's beautiful design incorporates the text and photographs from the first edition and only in this second edition, new essays and photos of the Museum's 2010 transformation and more. With an accordion fold-out leporello design, this edition is a delight for anyone interested in architecture, mid-century modernism, and museums today.
When the Oakland Museum of California building opened in 1969, it was hailed internationally as an important and radically progressive, contemporary structure designed as a museum of the people that integrated indoor and outdoor spaces and welcomed the public to the Museum's collections of art, history, and natural sciences. When the Museum was transformed in 2010, these inherent characteristics were sensitively preserved and updated by Mark Cavagnero and Associates, launching OMCA into a new era of public engagement and interactivity. A Gift of Architecture 2 is a significant addition to literature about architecture, mid-century modernism, and museums, and eloquently updates the long out-of-print 1st edition.
A Gift of Architecture 2, published by the OMCA Council on Architecture, is an innovative 56-page book that includes the publication's original 32-page text and photographic content documenting the original 1969 building plus new photos of the Museum's widely covered 2010 transformation by Bay Area Architect Mark Cavagnero and Associates. At the center of the book is an accordion fold-out leporello with original black-and-white documentary photographs of the Museum on one side and new color photos of the 2010 transformation on the reverse. The publication includes new essays by Cavagnero , San Francisco Chronicle architecture critic John King, and Andre Ptaszynski, Principal at Jensen/Ptaszynski Architects, a foreword by OMCA Director and CEO Lori Fogarty, and design by Jean Sanchirico.
Excerpt from A Gift of Architecture 2:
From Architect Mark Cavagnero's essay: "The design of the Oakland Museum of California was consistent with the ethos of its time in challenging a doctrinaire approach to urbanism.
"Until the period of the 1960s, museums had essentially remained monumental in their response to civic scale and community importance. Imposing facades, oversized front doors and grand spaces at the entry for identity, orientation and events, such elements informed you that you were entering a palace of culture. Kevin Roche's design was different, it was anti-monumental, it expressed community in every aspect, and it had numerous points of entry, none more important than the others.
Softcover slipcase, fold-out leporello design
"Without hierarchy or symbols of authority and control, the Oakland Museum of California simply opened itself up in a porous and intellectually accessible way."