Exhibition Curator, Sylvia Lavin


Frank Gehry. Canadian-American, born 1929. Sketch on a preliminary drawing for installation design of Billy Al Bengston exhibition at LACMA. 1968. Drawing. 18” x 35”. Courtesy of Gehry Partners, LLP. Accession: Gehry Archive.

Professor Sylvia Lavin will curate the upcoming exhbition Everything Loose Will Land on view from  May 09, 2013 - August 04, 2013 at the Schindler House. 

Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 6-9 PM

Exhibition walkthrough with curator Sylvia Lavin: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 6-7 PM 
Schindler House
835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. 
Frank Gehry. Canadian-American, born 1929. Sketch for Joseph Magnin Store, Costa Mesa. 1968. Drawing. 18” x 32”. Courtesy of Gehry Partners, LLP. Accession: Gehry Archive: T1660 Costa Mesa.
The MAK Center is pleased to present Everything Loose Will Land, an exhibition exploring the cross-pollination that took place between architects and artists in Los Angeles in the 1970s, a time when the autonomy of art forms yielded to convergences, collaborations, borrowings and more. Part of the Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A, it is the only exhibition explicitly to connect the series’ current focus on architecture with last year’s emphasis on the other visual arts.

Victor Gruen Foundation for Environmental Planning. (Victor David Gruen, Austrian, 1903-1980) It's your town, Citizen Brown! 1971-73. Board game. 20” x 20”. Courtesy of Shannon Starkey and Box OV 83, location 112L, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
The exhibition is curated by Sylvia Lavin, Director of Critical Studies and MA/PhD Programs, UCLA Architecture, and features projects by Peter Alexander, Carl Andre, Eleanor Antin, Archigram, Billy Al Bengston, Larry Bell, Denise Scott Brown, Judy Chicago, Peter de Bretteville, Sheila de Bretteville, Environmental Communications, Frank Gehry, Groupo 9999, Victor Gruen, Craig Hodgetts, Andrew Holmes, Nancy Holt, Robert Irwin, Ray Kappe, Robert Kennard, Allan Kaprow, Ed Kienholz, Alison Knowles, Leonard Koren, L.A. Fine Arts Squad, Morphosis, Ed Moses, Bruce Nauman, Maria Nordman, Peter Jon Pearce, Arts Squad, Morphosis, Ed Moses, Bruce Nauman, Maria Nordman, Peter Jon Pearce, Cesar Pelli, Jef Raskin, Ed Ruscha, SITE, Robert Smithson, Paolo Soleri, StudioWorks, Bernard Tschumi, Venturi & Rauch, and others.

A wide variety of both well known and never before seen works of different media, including Untitled (Equilateral Triangle), a large-scale outdoor sculpture by Bruce Nauman from 1980; an interactive installation of Bloxes by Jef Raskin; a portion of Curved Space Playground Structure, an elaborate cellular crawl structure made from polycarbonate plastic with aluminum struts by product designer Peter Jon Pearce from 1980; and a selection of models and drawings from the Gehry Architects archive.

Jef Raskin. American, 1943-2005. Jef Raskin, designer of Bloxes, inventor of Macintosh computer, circa 1970. Estate of Jef Raskin. Photo credit: David Wing. Accession: Raskin Archive.
Taking its name from the notorious Frank Lloyd Wright quip, "Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles," the exhibition argues that L.A.'s infamous "looseness" provided a medium for exciting developments in art and architecture. Breaking out of the traditional strictures that governed their practices, artists and architects mingled freely and adopted methodologies from one another. Artworks increasingly came to resemble architecture, and architects began to produce objects independent of the building process. Artists and architects alike explored commercial tools, industrial materials and new photographic processes, extending the realm of possibilities for both fields. Audiences became active participants in art and design and the city itself, made increasingly volatile by both social upheavel and environmental crisis, became an essential material in cultural production of all types. The exhibition presents drawings, photographs, media works, sculpture, prototypes, models, and ephemera, seen throughout the Schindler House and its grounds.

Peter Alexander. American, born 1939. House at Tuna Canyon. 1974. Photograph. Photo credit: Paul Gersten. Accession: Clytie Alexander Archive.
Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, born 1927 and 1943. T.A.S.D. #1 (The Art Show Drawing). 1972. Mixed media assemblage. 48” x 68” x 2”. Copyright Kienholz. Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.
Edward Kienholz, born 1927. The Cement Store No. 1 (under 5,000 Pop).1967. Concept tableau (10 of 10). Plaque 9.25” x 11.75”. Copyright Kienholz. Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a full color 272 page publication, with critical essays by Lavin, Margo Handwerker, Alex Kitnick, Suzy Newbury, Peggy Phelan, and Simon Sadler; and period documents by Archigram; Robert Ballard; Reyner Banham; Billy Al Bengston; Denise Scott Brown; Judy Chicago; Barry Commoner; Peter de Bretteville, Toby Victor, and Jack Reinic; Victor Gruen and Claudia Moholy Nagy; Rem Koolhass; Leonard Koren; Janice M. Lester; Peter Plagens; Bernard Tschumi; and Tom Wolfe.

Major support for Everything Loose Will Land has been provided by the Getty Foundation.

 The catalog for Everything Loose Will Land was made possible by the generous support of Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown.

Everything Loose Will Land is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together several local arts institutions for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city's development and ongoing impact in new ways.

Thom Mayne and Bernard Tschumi in conversation
May 10, 2013| 7pm- 9pm
West Hollywood Public Library Council Chambers

625 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood 90069

Special thanks to the City of West Hollywood for supporting the May 10 conversation.