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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.

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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Deadline: December 15
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Dec092013

WEB EXTRA: Taking Flight: Cynthia Minet on Art in Airports

Artist Cynthia Minet's Packing(Caravan) lines a corridor at LAX, part of an on-going series of temporary exhibitions there featuring the work of local artists. Programs such as these have sprung up in airports around the country. Photography by Panic Studio, LA/courtesy Cynthia Minet. If you’re an artist, the chance to have thousands, if not tens of thousands, see your work is a chance too good to pass up. It was certainly true for Cynthia Minet, a Los Angeles sculptor, whose Packing(Caravan) was chosen for a temporary exhibition at LAX, as part of an on-going (and nationally growing) move to showcase art in airports. The installation would include a collection pack animals—a pair of oxen, an elephant, a camel—constructed from pieces of recycled and repurposed plastic. An outgrowth of her explorations of bioengineering, genetic modification, fashion consumerism, and ecology, the animals were witty, thoughtful and wholly apropos of their surroundings.

Creating and installing work for in a non-traditional habitat “was interesting as a sculptor, because I had to think about height and depth in a controlled environment,” says Minet. While the case, in the international terminal, where the pieces were to be displayed meant they’d be extra-protected, it also made installation a finely choreographed dance. “The camel was easy—it comes apart in many pieces,” says Minet. The elephant, too, ended up being made in several sections in order to have the “proper girth,” she notes, while still fitting through an alarmed door in a high-security area and into the case. “The pieces had to be made so we could open the door quickly, push them into vestibule, turn them and then close the door behind. It was a one-and-a-half-minute window,” she says.

Once inside, Minet worked backwards, installing the animals in reverse order, with the elephant and first ox going in last. All went smoothly, until the end, when she realized a light was still on at the opposite end. “I had to crawl on my belly to get down to other end of case to unscrew the light bulb,” she recalls.

Minet came to some fascinating revelations about viewers’ experiences. “People walking by with their carts experience them one by one—but it’s more of a quick glance,” says Minet, “rather than the experience in a museum or gallery where they’re going to look at art. You have a wider audience but people don’t stop and ponder.”

The program, though, is not just for travelers. It’s also for the staff, and they responded to the work. “Those were the people who were blown away. When we were de-installing, someone came up and told us they were sad to see them go. The pieces had a different life for the people working there,” says Minet.

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