California architect Arthur Dyson will discuss his work in a presentation entitled “Touching the Soul: The Poetics of Architecture” at the Fresno Art Museum on February 11 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. General admission is $10.
The presentation will mark the museum’s opening of a retrospective exhibition of the Fresno-based architect's work. The exhibition will run until June 25, 2023. The museum is open on Thursdays and Fridays, from noon to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. General admission is $10 for adults and $7 for youths aged five or older.
Dyson’s website noted that his activity as an architect "began while working with the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959 on the Marin County Civic Center, a 300,000 square foot government office complex in San Rafael, California; and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City."
It also noted that Dyson, 82, had designed more than 700 buildings since putting down roots in Fresno over 40 years ago. One of Dyson’s best-known buildings is the Creek House, a residence in Sanger, California. A video about the building was posted on YouTube in September 2020.
On February4, 2021, Dyson spoke at a virtual event with Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal about their shared interest in "organic architecture." Dyson showed designs he had made for sleeping shelters to serve homeless people in Fresno. A recording of the conversation is also on YouTube.
Dyson said he routinely gave his clients a 31-page questionnaire to help him orient his work. "I've always felt that each client has an inner blueprint that they carry within them. And we want to find some of those things that will reach back to the strings of the hearts of our clients."
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