The first to open in the Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. series, an initiative of the Getty, this SCI-Arc-hosted exhibition examines the pivotal role played by the temporary gallery held in the home of architect Thom Mayne for several weeks in 1979.
“Modern Architecture in L.A.: A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979”
Friday, 03/29 / Opening Reception w/ curators and SCI-Arc Director Eric OWEN MOSS
7.00 pm / SCI-Arc Gallery & SCI-Arc Library Gallery
960 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, California 90013
Curators: Todd GANNON, Ewan BRANDA, & Andrew ZAGO
Exhibition design: Zago Architecture
Los Angeles’ first gallery exclusively dedicated to architecture, the Architecture Gallery staged ten weekly exhibitions on both young and established Los Angeles practitioners, featuring the work of Eugene Kupper, Roland Coate Jr., Frederick Fisher, Frank Dimster, Frank Gehry, Peter de Bretteville, Morphosis (Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi), Studio Works (Craig Hodgetts and Robert Mangurian), and Eric Owen Moss. Opened with a lecture by another young architect, Coy Howard, public presentations by architects to accompany their exhibitions were hosted at SCI-Arc, then located on Berkeley Street in Santa Monica.
An immersive showcase of spectacular models, drawings and media will be mounted in two spaces located on the SCI-Arc campus, the main gallery and the Kappe Library Gallery. The exhibition will present a collection of models, drawings, and other materials shown during the original 1979 exhibitions, including drawings and models of Eric Owen Moss’ Morganstern Warehouse, Pinball House and Pasadena Condominiums; multimedia studies of Frederick Fisher’s Caplan House and Observatory; large-scale models and drawings of Studio Works’ South Side Settlement House and Nicollet Island project; Prismacolor renderings of Roland Coate’s Cabo Bello project; drawings of Eugene Kupper’s UCLA Extension Building; and additional projects representing each of the participating practices. These objects were executed across a wide spectrum of formats and media, and many of them have not been exhibited since 1979.
Boasting photographic documentation, video recordings, and important commentary from the period by Los Angeles Times critic John Dreyfuss, this exhibition aims neither to canonize the participating architects nor to consecrate their unorthodox activities. Rather, these rarely seen artifacts will provide a unique lens through which to re-examine some of Los Angeles’ most well known architects at a pivotal moment in the development of late 20th century architecture.
ARCHITECTURE TOURS ///
Los Angeles Conservancy, Venice Architecture Tour, April 20th
In parallel to the “Confederacy of Heretics” exhibition and programs at SCI-Arc, visitors are invited to explore Los Angeles’ modern architecture first-hand by signing up for one of the April 20th LA Conservancy-hosted architectural tours, “Venice Eclectic: Modern Architecture from the 1970s and ’80s.” This one-day-only tour will explore how affordable land, a culture of creativity, and an open-minded community made Venice of the 1970s and ‘80s the right place and time for experimental young architects to cut their teeth on new designs using unorthodox materials in limited spaces. More about the tour at lac.laconservancy.org/venice.
deLab and KCRW’s DnA Culver City Architecture Tour, April 14th
Join deLab and KCRW’s “DnA: Design and Architecture” for a walking tour of Culver City and an exciting day of events celebrating the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This two-hour guided tour will focus on contemporary design and architecture, stopping by the area’s newest buildings, studios and stores. Tour goers will check out the new digs of Morphosis and Clive Wilkinson Architects, hear from SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss about the legacy and future of the Conjunctive Points and Hayden Tract developments, and peek inside the beautiful Arcana Books space, designed by Johnston Marklee. More about the tour HERE.
UPCOMING EVENTS ///
Exhibition Discussion: Friday, April 5, 7pm
Symposium: Friday, June 14, 3-9pm & Saturday, June 15, 10am-4pm