The Abelson Guthrie House: San Francisco's Modern Monolith

There’s no shortage of unique and interesting homes in San Francisco, but at least one street in the city has more than its fair share, and it’s called Laidley Street. Built by Ross Levy Architects, the Abelson Gunthrie House truly represents modernist residential design on a grand scale. (Editor's Note: This article was originally written and published for in December 2013)


Asheville Art Museum exhibits BMC Artwork and Epic Installations

A popular resurgence of interest in Black Mountain College (BMC) continues to grow nationally. There are numerous exhibitions happening this year recalling the school’s rich historical past while holding high its living legacy, with a show entitled Geometric Vistas: Landscapes by Artists of Black Mountain College opening on August 6th at the Asheville Art Museum in North Carolina. On display at the museum, as well, is a trio of striking installations by Hoss Haley, Sharon Louden and Sol LeWitt.

An Officer and Gentleman on Institutional Racism in America

What happens when the police oath to “Serve and Protect” citizens morphs into an authoritarian demand to “Obey or Die”? And in an age referred to as post-racial America, why are there so many stories illustrating how the lives of America’s most vulnerable youth, and its adults, are precariously put at risk—resulting too often with the poor and voiceless in this nation finding themselves treated as political fodder for well-paid talking heads, all the while a roll call of dead black bodies lie in America’s blood-soaked streets?

Mike Welton: Arts Annalist and Recorder of Fabulous Design

J. Michael Welton is a major recorder of all things interesting and worthy in the world of art and design, and very few hold the gravitas of Welton when it comes to modern and contemporary Architecture—including practices in sustainability—and basically, the last century of building-at-large.

Salonfähig Trump: Hate and Extremism as the New Global Norm

Can it be that Donald Trump represents the future of global politics? Sociopolitical experts like Robert Reich, Gina Apostol, Walter Baier and Eric Weitz, say extremism is here to stay—that however objectionable, Donald Trump and his ilk are protected by a new Salonfähig, which formerly ensured the swift rise of Nazi Germany.

Book Project: From Bauhaus | To Black Mountain

Without the past there can be no present or pathway to the future, and with the knowledge that the telling of history determines who is most enfranchised in the everyday, there is at least one story about the history of art and education in the 20th century deserving a much closer and careful examination.  This is an epic story about the roots of modern art told in a new book I'm writing, entitled From Bauhaus | To Black Mountain.

Education, Beauty and Civility: Beyond the Absence of War

Around the world, we must fight for education, architecture and art. Because, being civil means being willing to do the work necessary to protect a vision of beauty—to enshrine local, national and global treasures—to stand up and defend the ability to express oneself creatively. These things make the life water of the soul.