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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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Jan162013

Getty Launches 'Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.'

Photo Credits: Julius Shulman (American, 1910–2009) Department of Water and Power Building Corner with Fountains, 1965 Gelatin silver print Sheet: 25.4 x 20.5 cm (10 x 8 1/16 in.) © J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission. Julius Shulman Photography Archive, Research Library at the Getty Research Institute 2004.R.10.51The Getty invited a distinguished list of media and art luminaries to the historic Studio A in the Capitol Records building in Hollywood earlier this week to announce Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. The next installment in the Pacific Standard Time exploration of Los Angeles and Southern California design culture will be more modest, with eleven exhibitions and accompanying programs in and around Los Angeles scheduled for spring 2013. The Pacific Standard Time Presents event will continue the momentum of 2011’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945–1980 events, which included exhibitions and programs at 60 arts institutions across Southern California. The momentum carried by Pacific Standard Time is very real: according to a study by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Art in L.A. generated $280.5 million in economic output and supported 2,490 jobs with total labor income of $101.3 million for the Southern California region.

To the large population of Southern California residents familiar with modern and post-modern architecture, a series of exhibitions focusing on the region’s unique place among the constellation of modern and post-modern architecture (both its buildings and its practitioners) will seem a natural fit. Exhibitions will grace the region’s variety of architectural-minded museums (e.g., the Getty, LACMA, Hammer, MOCA, A+D), world-class design schools (e.g., UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly Pomona, USC, SCI-Arc), and the multitude of galleries, organizations, and activities that serve as the home base for Southern California’s architectural sensibilities (e.g., MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Center for Land Use Interpretation, CicLAvia, the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Huntington, Machine Project, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Pasadena Heritage).

The kick-off event was packed to the gills—thanks in no small part to the rare access available to the bowels of the Capitol Records building, along with the promise of the continued good work of the Pacific Standard Time brand. The event featured speakers like Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin, Eric Owen Moss, Michael Maltzan, and a video narrated by musician and Los Angeles architecture aficionado Moby. Moss and Maltzan, especially, spoke of the ongoing revision of the Los Angeles design experiment, both settling on a positive note after expressing some concern at the risk of failure inherent in ambitious intentions. Maltzan, no stranger to designing for populations decidedly not among the One Percent, claimed the work of Los Angeles’ architects for the social good: “What we also invented, both in terms of form and practice and architectural personalities, produces positive, progressive change,” said Maltzan. Certainly, the organizers of Pacific Standard Time Presents should be careful to provide plenty of evidence to support that case.

The argument that the experiment of Los Angeles is not over—and what makes it such a worthy subject for the Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. series—was perhaps most fully summed up by an anecdote told by Moss, who recalled the story of Don Quixote when he tilted at the windmills in the famous story by Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote, of course, believed the windmills to be giants and decided to attack. His faithful but pragmatic assistant Sancho Panza believed that they were windmills. According to Moss, “The caricature of the L.A. point of view…is that the guy who was right was Don Quixote. Not that he had a great imagination, but in fact that he was willing to say, ‘They’re giants.’” The attitude of L.A.’s tradition of architecture, according to Moss, is that “You build it as you think it ought to be, and to hell with Sancho Panza.”

Photo Credits: Frank Gehry (born 1929) Sketch for Joseph Magnin Store, Costa Mesa, 1968 Drawing 18 x 32 in. Image provided by Gehry Partners, LLP

Exhibitions receiving Getty Foundation grants include:

A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California (MOCA)

Quincy Jones: Building For Better Living (Hammer)

The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor Reconsiders LACMA (LACMA)

Stephen Prina: As He Remembered It (LACMA)

Technology and Environment: The Postwar House in Southern California (Cal Poly Pomona)

Everything Loose Will Land (MAK Center for Art and Architecture)

Windshield Perspective (A+D Architecture and Design Museum)

A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979 (SCI-Arc)

Outside In: The Architecture of Smith and Williams (Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara)

Support for related public programs has also been provided to: 

Center for Land Use Interpretation for On-Site Office Trailers: Invisible Architecture of the Urban Environment, an exhibition of original photography and related construction site tours.

Community Art Resources, Inc. for CicLAvia: Modern Architecture on Wilshire Blvd, an architectural guide and special programming as part of their June 2013 car-free/open streets event.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens for the online exhibition, Form and Landscape: Southern California Edison and the Los Angeles Basin, 1940-1990, and public programming.

Los Angeles Conservancy for Curating the City: Modern Architecture in L.A., 1940-1990, an interactive online resource as well as tours, public programs and print material.

Los Angeles Philharmonic for The Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy Conversation, a discussion with the three Pritzker Prize-winning architects who are designing sets for this unique interdisciplinary series.

Machine Project for The Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture, a performance series at architectural sites across the city.

Pasadena Heritage for Pasadena 1940 Forward: Residential Architecture of the Recent Past, a tour of modernist homes in the Pasadena area along with a related lecture and oral history project.

The UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Department for Extreme IDEAS: Architecture at the Intersection, a series of discussions about the dynamic and interdisciplinary future of architecture.

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