Moby on Modernism

Moby press photo_print version- 2011Modernism Week is thrilled to announce that we’ve added a very special panel discussion to the jam-packed schedule.  Don’t miss GRAMMY-nominated musician Moby as he joins the the inimitable Frances Anderton – author, curator, and host of KCRW’s Design and Architecture – for a candid chat about his perspective on wonderfully weird LA architecture, preservation, modernism, and much more.

Moby has had a lifelong interest in architecture and photography. After he moved to Los Angeles, Moby was fascinated by the “strangeness and the randomness” of LA architecture.  Comparing the architecture in Los Angeles with New York and other cities, Moby believes that in LA the “great architecture is hidden, and it’s weird,” and that’s what led him to create The Moby Los Angeles Architecture Blog. Featuring photographs of buildings taken on his wanderings, with pithy, idiosyncratic design observations in lowercase free verse, the blog has garnered attention from The Los Angeles Times, Flavorpill, MARK and Curbed, becoming a must-read for fans and critics alike.

Moby has also recently presented his own photography at galleries worldwide to critical acclaim including a recent acquisition by LACMA.  He was a student of film and photography at SUNY Purchase and carries a camera wherever he goes since he was presented with a Nikon at age ten by his Uncle – a photographer at the New York Times. His records have sold over 20,000,000 copies worldwide, and he has produced and remixed scores of other artists, including David Bowie, Metallica, the Beastie Boys, and Public Enemy, among others. He is an artistic advisory board member for ISSUE Project Room and an advocate for a variety of charities, including the Humane Society and the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function.



Frances Anderton is the host of DnA: Design and Architecture, monthly on KCRW and  A former L.A. Editor for Dwell Magazine,  Ms. Anderton is a regular contributor to the New York Times and many other publications on Los Angeles design and architecture.  Frances is a frequent speaker and moderator at cultural institutions, including REDCAT, the Hammer UCLA Museum, the Skirball Institute, the LA Forum, and the A+D Museum; she is on the Advisory Board of the L.A. Forum. She has also been an on-air commentator on TV and documentary programs about architecture; the latest is Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, released in 2008.

Trust us.  You won’t want to miss this.

Moby on Modernism
Saturday, Feb. 23 – 2pm to 3pm
The Ace Hotel
701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264

Tickets cost $20 – Buy them HERE.

Special thanks to The Ace Hotel for hosting this special event poolside at The Commune.


Photos by Sunny Khalsa, Moby, KCRW, and Brandon Kidd

Here’s a little bit more of Moby on architecture to give you a mere taste of what’s in store!

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