Don Hisaka: The Cleveland Years
March 25 Ė May 21, 2011
In 2007, Cleveland Goes Modern: Design for the Home 1930-1970 delved into the world of midcentury Modern architecture in our region and included homes designed by Don Hisaka, John Terence Kelly, Robert Little, William B. Morris, Fred Toguchi, Stephen Bucchieri, J. Byers Hays, Richard Fleischman, Robert Madison, Thom Stauffer and Peter van Dijk. There had not been an exhibit of architecture in Cleveland since 1969. This exhibit traveled to three cities and won local, state and national recognition. Following upon the success of Cleveland Goes Modern, CAF will present Don Hisaka: The Cleveland Years at our gallery at the Beck Center for the Arts. After its initial run at CAF, the exhibition will travel to the Cleveland Clinic in the summer of 2011 and the Mansfield Art Center (a building Hisaka designed) in January of 2012.
Don Hisaka was born in Stockton, California and earned his Bachelorís degree in architecture and the University of California at Berkeley and a Masterís of Architecture at Harvard University. He came to Cleveland in 1960 to be Director of Design for Dalton-Dalton and established his own firm a year later. Through the years he has designed several major buildings in the area, including the University Center at Cleveland State University, Thwing Student Center at Case Western Reserve University, and the Signature Square office complex in Beachwood. In 1970, Hisaka was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize in Architecture.
The curatorial and advisory team represents architects who curated Cleveland Goes Modern and those who worked for or acknowledge the impact of Donís work on them. They include Robert Maschke, President, AIA Cleveland, Robert Blatchford, Anthony Hiti, Christopher Diehl, Director of Design, URS, William Blunden (Cleveland Arts Prize winner), Peter van Dijk and Richard Fleischman. Hisaka clients, Agnes Gund and Anita and Delos (Toby) Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic are honorary chairpersons. The exhibit highlights 15 buildings, 4 models (created by Mashcke Architects); a catalog with articles by Wilma Salisbury, Daniel H. Butts III, and James Gibans and a resource table. There will be a series of three related programs including panel discussions on the history and the art of architecture, and culminating in a celebration, tour, and panel discussion between Hisaka and his clients. Hisaka who now resides in Berkeley, California, will be traveling to Cleveland for this final program in May.
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