The new exhibition, Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, opens this week on February 20th at the Hammer Museum. We had a chance to sit down with the curator Brooke Hodge and get an inside look into the exhibition.
Can you talk a little bit about the genesis of this exhibition?
I first started looking at Thomas’s work in 2002, visiting his London [Heatherwick] Studio, and immediately saw how interesting and unusual the work is and how different it is from what other architects and designers were doing. The two key projects I was interested in from this early period were the Buddhist Temple project, the Rolling Bridge at Paddington, and the East Beach Cafe. I included several of Thomas’s projects in the London presentation of my Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture exhibition in 2008. That show was curated when I was Curator of Architecture & Design at MOCA in LA and it was presented in London at Somerset House. In about 2008-9, I approached Thomas with the idea of doing a monographic show of the studio’s work and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas agreed to be the organizing museum. I had left MOCA in 2009 and Jeremy Strick, MOCA’s former director, became the director of the Nasher earlier that year.
How did you decide which projects to include? How did you collaborate with Thomas Heatherwick?