Please join us on Saturday, October 12th during the annual @culvercityartsdistrict art walk for an event with Michael Murphy & Jens Lucking for Santa Monica Pleasure Pier: A Look Back to 1917 from Today. “Santa Monica Pleasure Pier: A Look Back to 1917 from Today” is a side-by-side comparison that juxtaposes the past and present in ways that puts today’s landscape in the greater historical play. Scores of vintage images appearing in a 1917 ‘Prospectus Book’ - created by its then owner, Mr. Looff (who built the first carousel) hoping to sell shares in his Santa Monica “Pleasure Pier" - now archived in the Stephen Raul Anaya Collection present a rare and mostly unseen look at the attraction and its surroundings. No detail goes unturned for this historical treasure trove which is clearly a labor of love. It is with great pleasure that we share and celebrate this book with you as this 1917 collection of images serves as a reminder of our own continuity, specifically as it relates to time and place, in the case one of most popular and traveled destinations on the West Coast.
Author Michael Murphy is a former agency Senior Art Director gone independent design professional. He has had the privilege to design a traveling exhibition called "Vedem Underground" that the Smithsonian Institution hailed as one of the ten “Don’t Miss…” new exhibits. Last year in collaboration with his photographic partner Jens Lucking, he created a book and exhibition about Santa Monica in 1902. He is currently focusing his efforts launching LookBackArt.com.