Legacy of Donald Wexler explored in film, book, and exhibition

A film about the life and career of Don Wexler (BArch '50), "Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler," won the audience award for art, architecture and design at the 11th Annual Northport Beach Film Festival, April 29. 2010.

Wexler's legacy as a pioneering mid-century modern architect will also be explored in an upcoming exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum in January 2011. Wexler's own drawings, models and photographs will be augmented by new models of his work built by Cal Poly students.

The film's companion book, Donald Wexler: Redefining Modernism by Patrick McGrew (Palm Springs Preservation Foundation) notes that although in the late 1940s, when Wexler attended the U of M, most architecture schools still taught Beaux Arts design principles, "the University of Minnesota had already supplanted this traditional architectural curriculum with modernism," and that the library here introduced Wexler to the works of modern masters like Richard Neutra, under whom Wexler later worked.

The Palm Springs Preservation Foundation also honored Wexler by declaring Jan. 22-24, 2010, "Wexler Weekend," which included tours of Wexler-designed properties in Palm Springs.