Craig Hodgetts, Playmaker
Curated by Sylvia Lavin, Professor and Director of Critical Studies and M.A./PhD programs at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design. Lavin is Director of Hi-C, a collaborative group of doctoral and design students focusing on scholarly research and critical approaches to contemporary design, is currently specializing in extending semiar topics into public exhibitions.
CRAIG HODGETTS, PLAYMAKER presents six innovative projects by Hodgetts and collaborators produced between1965 and 1978. The range of objects in the exhibition includes vacuum-formed models, storyboards for environmentally themed movies and cardboard furniture. Together, these widely varied projects explore a set of issues that have become urgent for architecture once again, from new materials and technologies, prefabrication and housing, to mass media and entertainment. The exhibition dramatizes the playful excitement that drove one of the most inventive periods in American architectural and design history and brings to the fore the period’s many surprising resonances with contemporary architecture.
The UCLA students involved in this installation include: Daniel Carper, Per Johan Dahl, Sergio Miguel Figueiredo, Dustin Gramstad, Esra Kahveci, Whitney Moon, Brendan Muha, Jonathon Oelschig, Carrie Smith, Amit Wolf, Pelin, Yoncaci and Claudia Ziegler.