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Julius Shulman dies at 98

16 Jul


Iconic architectural photographer responsible for creating a vision of a progressive, modern America, has died.

LA Times

Shulman was no stranger to Oklahoma. He photographed the states goundbreaking modern architecture from the early 50’s all the way through the 70’s. Recently the Oklahoma City Museum of Art featured a retrospective of the master’s photography entitled Oklahoma Modernism Rediscovered.

In Tulsa Shulman’s photography was instrumental in the work of local modernism icons MurrayJones Murray, photographing the Civic Center, The Tulsa International Airport, Tulsa University’s Sigma Nu house, the Robert Lawton Jones residence, St. Peter and Paul church and many more.

Shulman was an important connection between Tulsa and Modern Architecture, showing people nationwide that good design wasn’t merely reserved for New York or L.A., but that there was thought provoking, progressive modern architecture happening across the country….even in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Julius Shulman Film Preview

6 Apr

The Modernism of Julius Shulman – A Documentary Film by Eric Bricker

This documentary on iconic Shulman is looking to be pretty sweet. I expect some fantastic imagery and insight into Mid Century Modern architecture. And it’s narrated by Dustin Hoffman! He must be a modern guy!? Check out the trailer at the link below to wet your appetite. This will be screened in advance of its official release at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, May 1-3 along with an exhibit featuring Shulman’s photography from this region.

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics explores the monumental career of 98-year-old architectural photographer, Julius Shulman. Populating his photos with human models and striking landscapes, Shulman combined the organic with the synthetic, melding nature with revolutionary urban design. The resulting images helped to shape the careers of some of the greatest architects of the 20th Century, with Shulman documenting the work of Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, Pierre Koenig, John Lautner, and many others.

See the Film Preview @ juliushulmanfilm.com

Julius Shulman: Oklahoma Modernism Rediscovered

19 Feb

I just got word that Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA) will have an exhibit of Julius Shulman photographs of Oklahoma Modernism beginning April 30th. There will be a lot of activities going on the opening weekend including a visit by Mr. Shulman himself (health permitting) and screenings of “Visual Acoustics,” the new documentary about Shulman and his long career, directed by Eric Bricker. I also heard mention the possibility of an architecture tour this same weekend. This is very exciting and will warrant a trip to OKC for sure. Read the press release, below.

Oklahoma City, OK—Organized by the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA), Julius Shulman: Oklahoma Modernism Rediscovered is the first-ever retrospective of photographs taken in Oklahoma by legendary architectural photographer Julius Shulman. The exhibit runs from April 30 through June 7 and will feature over 65 images – many unseen by the public for decades – of buildings designed by such world-renowned architects as Bruce Goff, Herb Greene, William Caudill, Truett Coston, Robert Roloff, and Paul Harris. Twenty-one architectural projects from six Oklahoma cities and towns will be represented in the exhibition including homes, banks, churches, museums and hospitals.

“When several of Julius Shulman’s Oklahoma photographs began appearing in the recently published books of his work, a handful of passionate local collectors reached out to him about the possibility of exhibiting this virtually unseen work. Mr. Shulman was very enthusiastic about his work in Oklahoma and agreed to work with our Museum to develop this special exhibition in collaboration with the Getty Research Institute. We believe these extraordinary images stand alone as photographic works of art while celebrating Oklahoma’s unique architectural heritage,” stated curator Brian Hearn.

Perhaps best known for his iconic photographs of Los Angeles’ Case Study houses and of Palm Springs architecture, Shulman’s incredible body of work includes more than 70,000 images. Now archived at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, Shulman’s photographs encompass a 70-year-and-counting career that includes thousands of images of buildings that would have been likely overlooked by the architectural world had he not photographed them.

Throughout his long career, Shulman often ventured inland from his base in California to explore the modernism movement in other regions of the United States. During these trips, which spanned over 30 years, he frequently stopped in Oklahoma and photographed some of the state’s most innovative modern architecture. The long, low lines and bold forms of mid-century architecture were an especially good fit, when placed against the backdrop of Oklahoma’s flat plains and vast, often mercurial skies, and Shulman’s lens dramatically captured this symbiotic relationship in images of Greene’s “Prairie Chicken” House, Goff’s Bavinger House, and Roloff’s State Capitol Bank, among others.

Indeed, Shulman’s stunning Oklahoma photographs – and his tenacity in getting them published in national magazines – brought much-deserved attention to the Sooner State and helped launch the careers of Greene, Robert Alan Bowlby, Conner & Pojezny, Murray-Jones-Murray, and other area architects and firms.

As he approaches the century mark, Julius Shulman has himself become an icon in the architectural world, and this exhibit celebrates his incredible life and career. In addition, it pays tribute to the visionary architects whose designs continue to be appreciated and admired today.


Julius Shulman in Oklahoma City

21 Aug

I just got word that Julius Shulman, renowned architectural photographer, is coming to Oklahoma. He is scheduled to give a lecture regarding his photography of Oklahoma modern.

Shulman was in OK (mainly OKC/Norman and Tulsa) on over 15 trips between 1950 and 1980. Well… as luck would have it …he has agreed to come to Oklahoma at the invitiation of OU’s architecture school (he’s 97 years old so it’s no small feat) and he will be giving a public lecture at Untitled Artspace in OKC on September 11th – cocktails at 5pm and lecture thereafter.

Shulman really wants us to try to get the word out about his visit and most importantly, get the kind of people there who can have an impact on saving some of these important buildings!