About: Laura Dominguez and Suzanne Noruschat

Laura Dominguez I've been a library assistant in special collections cataloging at the Getty Research Institute since March 2011, processing the papers and drawings of architects Ray Kappe and William Krisel. I have a B.A. in architectural history from Columbia University, and I am currently a second year student in the Master of Historic Preservation program at the University of Southern California. My research interests include the California Arts and Crafts movement, midcentury modernism and culture in Los Angeles, and more recent developments of cultural heritage and preservation movements in ethnic enclaves. Suzanne Noruschat I’m a library assistant in special collections cataloging at the Getty Research Institute. I’m responsible for processing and cataloging two collections of architecture records, the papers and drawings of Los Angeles architects Ray Kappe and William Krisel. I recently completed a master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of California, Los Angeles, with a specialization in archival studies. I also hold a Ph.D. in architectural history from Emory University and have taught art and architectural history for almost a decade.

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Treasures from the Vault: Ray Kappe, Green Architecture Pioneer and SCI-ARC Founder

Architectural rendering of the Kappe residence. Ray Kappe papers, drawings, and models. The Getty Research Institute, 2008.M.36
Architectural rendering of the Kappe residence. Pacific Palisades, California. Ray Kappe, architect. Ray Kappe papers. Gift of Ray Kappe. The Getty Research Institute, 2008.M.36

Researchers interested in studying post-World War II architecture in Southern California will be excited to learn that a new archive is now fully catalogued and available for study: the Ray Kappe papers. The collection, part of the Getty Research Institute’s… More»

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      ROSE

      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

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