Top 5 Picks for Modernism Week ; Tucson Modernism Week Sweeps in This Weekend with a Full Schedule of Events and Lectures Celebrating the City's History in the Post-War Era

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Top 5 Picks for Modernism Week ; Tucson Modernism Week Sweeps in This Weekend with a Full Schedule of Events and Lectures Celebrating the City's History in the Post-War Era


Gay, Gerald M, AZ Daily Star


Tucson Modernism Week launches Friday with nine days of lectures and activities celebrating the city's postwar past.

The annual event, now in its third year, is a good way to learn a thing or two about an array of topics, from architecture and furniture to fashion and transportation.

A full schedule and ticket prices can be found at tucsonmod.com online. Here are some of our top picks.

1

Western Ways

Jennifer Jenkins, an associate professor of literature and film at the University of Arizona, will talk about the work of Charles and Lucile Herbert and their Tucson-based photo agency, Western Ways Features.

From the late 1930s until the early 1970s, its staff of photographers, videographers and writers captured the Southwest through images that found their way into nationally published magazines, books, film and television.

The work was prolific and extensive.

By the 1950s, the photofinishing company would produce up to 600 rolls a day, according to a 1993 Arizona Daily Star column by Bonnie Henry.

The lecture will take place Saturday from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Central Church of the Nazarene, 404 S. Columbus Blvd. Tickets are $5.

2

trailers with taste

Modernism Week's vintage trailer show returns for a second year with more than a dozen trailers of varying makes and models setting up at Pima Community College's Downtown Campus this weekend.

The trailers were a popular staple of last year's event. Demion Clinco, who founded Modernism Week, last year called the vehicles part of the American dream in the 1950s and '60s.

The show will take place on the north side of campus, near the Tucson Inn, 127 W. Drachman St., from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 for either day.

You can also get in on Sunday as part of the $25 admission to the Modernism home tour.

3

Kitsch and neon

Coordinators have recruited the found footage talents of two professional presenters to cover what made Arizona quirky and different back in the day.

On Saturday, Charles Phoenix, a national name known for his love for all things kitsch, will host a show dubbed "Arizonaland," at the Loft Theater, 3233 E. …

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