REVIEW_THE DUCK AND THE DOCUMENT
Professor Sylvia Lavin with Sarah Hearne and the UCLA Curatorial Project's exhibition “The Duck and the Document” is reviewed by Professor Craig Hodgetts in the Architect’s Newspaper. Read the review here.
Sylvia Lavin, Curatora
Research, Curatorial and Design assistance provided by the UCLA Curatorial Project Team.
UCLA Curatorial Assistants: Maura Lucking, Simon Pennec, Kyle Stover
UCLA Curatorial Team: Alexander Abugov, Aubrey Bauer, Rachel Connor, Dongxiao Cheng, Glory Curtis, Erin Day, Jesse Hammer, Yessenia Juarez, Devin Koba, Summer Liu, Jena Meeks, Oscar Peña, Sai Rojanapirom, Jeisler Salunga, Yeqi Wang
The Duck and the Document: True Stories of Postmodern Procedures features a series of fragments, from handrails to façade panels, salvaged from canonic buildings of the late 20th century. Typically associated with drawing and the circulation of media images, postmodern architecture is generally understood to have been largely a matter of style and surface ornament, freed from the exigencies of political and technical systems by the force of architectural autonomy. The Duck and the Document challenges this view by embedding the expected imagery of postmodernity within materials that demonstrate the dense tangle of regulations, production specifications and technologies that constrained architectural design rather than liberated it. While these True Stories of Postmodern Procedures describe a less heroic and autonomous architect, they also produce a more persuasive account of architectural ingenuity as it sought to survive the bureaucratization not merely of the architectural profession but of the very idea of architecture.
The Duck and the Document: True Stories of Postmodern Procedures is on view at the Southern California Institute of Architecture gallery through May 28, 2017.