Alison King

Hosted at Phoenix Art Museum

part of a series on Heritage

About the speaker

Scottsdale native Alison King is the designer, writer, coder, photographer and historian behind, Arizona’s go-to source for midcentury modern design in Arizona. For ten years Modern Phoenix has published in-depth biographies, neighborhood reports, photo archives, vintage drawings, ads, photography and graphic design galleries spotlighting Arizona’s midcentury heritage. She hosts educational events and tours in collaboration with Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art each April for Modern Phoenix Week. In 2011 Alison wrote the authorized biography of Valley architect Ralph Haver AIA at, and with the help of the Beadle family and student photographers greatly expanded the website in 2013. One peak experience of her career was visiting the Getty Research Institute to bring back the vintage photography of Julius Shulman, the industry’s unofficial photographer of record for the midcentury modern movement.

Alison is a frequent speaker at design and cultural events in the Valley including Phoenix Design Week, Modern Phoenix Week, Pecha Kucha, and Modernism Week in Palm Springs. When she’s not living in the past she enjoys mentoring students for the future as Associate Professor of Graphic Design and History at The Art Institute of Phoenix.

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In 2009 acclaimed midcentury architectural photographer Julius Shulman was booked by Modern Phoenix for his first-ever talk on his work with Valley architects. When he became too frail to travel, Design Historian Alison King took the trip of a lifetime to the Getty Research Institute and brought Shulman’s body of work in the Valley back to light. Alison’s lively and passionate talk about her journey and our Valley’s design history is rich with previously unpublished photographs by Shulman, all of it from Arizona’s midcentury moment in the sun.