Modern Borrego

Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 7:30pm to Sunday, December 20, 2015 - 2:00pm


Modern Borrego

December 19-20, 2015

Instructor: Anna Kryczka, Doctoral Candidate, University of California Irvine

Borrego Springs emerged in the late 1940s alongside Palm Springs as a desert playground for a newly mobile and affluent postwar American middle class. Through an exploration of the architecture and institutions of modern Borrego, this course will contextualize the town's development within architectural, environmental and American history.

Photo: Judy Parker

With a special emphasis on the role of the Desert Club, its founders, architect and designers, we will explore the relationship between modern architecture, conceptions of the desert landscape at midcentury, and the changing postwar leisure economy. 


Class Schedule and Pricing

Saturday Lecture
7:30-9:00 p.m.
$5 at the door; open to the public

Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center
401 Tilting T Drive
Borrego Springs
Sunday Field Class
9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
$60 - Public Rate (includes lecture)
$50 - ABF Member Rate (includes lecture)

ABF Office
587 Palm Canyon Drive #110
Borrego Springs







About Anna Kryczka
Anna is a doctoral candidate in the University of California, Irvine’s program in Visual Studies where she also currently teaches. Her research focuses on American art, architecture, design, and media of the Cold War era. Kryczka's work has appeared in the Journal of Visual Culture and History and Technology. Her book, Learning by Doing at the Farm: Craft, Science, and Counterculture in Modern California, co-written with Robert J. Kett was published in 2014.