ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT WOMEN OF CALIFORNIAN MODERNISM – Esther McCoy

Esther McCoy is a key figure in American modernism. Her writing gave visibility to the leading architects of West Coast modernism, and her prolific career was rooted in West Hollywood, primarily at the Schindler House.

The exhibition “Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design” was on view at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles from Sep 28, 2001 until Jan 29, 2012. [www.MAKcenter.org]

Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design (September 28, 2011 – January 29, 2012), MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House © MAK Center / Joshua White
Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist
Architecture and Design (September 28, 2011 – January 29, 2012),
MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House
© MAK Center / Joshua White

Kimberli Meyer, Director MAK Center LA, on Esther McCoy in her preface of the exhibition catalogue
[At the Edge of Her Time]

Visit the MAK Center Bookstore [Susan Morgan on Esther McCoy]

Pier at Santa Monica, California, September 5, 1949. Esther McCoy (foreground) with husband Berkeley Tobey, Vera Dreiser (left) and Helen Dreiser. Courtesy of Theodore Dreiser Papers, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania.
Pier at Santa Monica, California, September 5, 1949. Esther McCoy (foreground)
with husband Berkeley Tobey, Vera Dreiser (left) and Helen Dreiser. Courtesy of
Theodore Dreiser Papers, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of
Pennsylvania.
Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design (September 28, 2011 – January 29, 2012), MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House © MAK Center / Joshua White
Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist
Architecture and Design (September 28, 2011 – January 29, 2012),
MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House
© MAK Center / Joshua White

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