Landmarks Illinois to Highlight Theater Artist Iannelli

posted by btkrefft on October 13, 2008 at 1:16 pm

CHICAGO, IL — Landmarks Illinois' Preservation Snapshots lecture series is spotlighting the work of sculptor/architects/designer Alfonso Iannelli (1888-1965), the Frank Lloyd Wright associate well-known for his movie theater ornamentation including the Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, Illinois (where Iannelli’s famous studios were located), and the Catlow Theatre in Barrington, Illinois. Also, from 1911 to 1915, Iannelli designed many posters in abstract style for vaudeville acts peforming at Los Angeles' original Orpheum Theatre.

In addition to his theater work, Iannelli is well-known for his collaboration with Wright on Chicago’s Midway Gardens entertainment complex (1914-1929), his designs for several of the pavilions at the 1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago, and the iconic logo relief of the Rock of Gibraltar for Prudential Insurance on their Prudential Building in downtown Chicago.

Sam Guard, veteran builder, who spent weekends as a college student in the 1950s at Iannelli’s Park Ridge workshop, will host a talk on the artist’s works on Thursday October 16th at 12:15PM at the Claudia Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center (77 E. Randolph Street). Admission is free and open to the public.

See this link to the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs for further information.

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