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Join guest curator, Dr. Emily Bills, for an in-depth look at USC PAM's newest exhibition, AFTER MODERNISM: THROUGH THE LENS OF WAYNE THOM. Dr. Bills will share insights about select photographs on display and provide a closer look into the making of the exhibition. 


Capacity is limited and protocols will be implemented for the health and safety of all guests and staff.


This program is free with Museum admission. Reservations are required. 


More about the Exhibition: 

Wayne Thom is one of the leading architectural photographers of our time. Over the course of his 50-year career, which stretched from 1968 – 2015, he photographed more than 2,600 projects across the Western United States, Hawaii, and Southeast Asia. He was especially prolific in Southern California, where he based his practice, and where he became the preferred photographer for the region’s leading firms.

The exhibition showcases photographs from USC Libraries’ Wayne Thom Photography Collection, which the university acquired in 2015 and holds over 250,000 images and thousands of pages of other materials. The exhibition also features a digital interactive component that allows visitors to explore materials in the Wayne Thom Photography Collection. Titled “Wayne Thom 50/50” in reference to 50 standout projects completed over the course of his 50-year career, the interactive component emphasizes his breadth of practice that stretches beyond the Late Modern period.

This extensive visual record makes Wayne Thom one of the most important contributors to architecture culture in the post-WWII period.


USC PAM Public Programs are made possible by individual and foundation support. To ensure free/low-cost programming, we suggest a donation of $10. All donations go directly to USC PAM public programs. Thank you for helping us keep art programming accessible to all. Please donate here


Covid Safety Protocols:


We strongly recommend wearing a mask covering the nose and mouth for all visitors (2+) regardless of vaccination status while indoors. 

Please practice social distancing from others not in your party. 

Please stay home if you are feeling ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

Please note the above is subject to change in accordance with Los Angeles County, City of Pasadena and USC Health guidelines.

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