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SFMOMA to open exhibition of Bureau Spectacular works

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Bureau Spectacular is opening an speculative architectural exhibition at SFMOMA this month. (Courtesy Bureau Spectacular / Katherine Du Tiel)
Bureau Spectacular is opening an speculative architectural exhibition at SFMOMA this month. (Courtesy Bureau Spectacular / Katherine Du Tiel)

Los Angeles-based design firm Bureau Spectacular, in its first West Coast museum showcase, is exhibiting some of their graphic and three-dimensional work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) this month.  

Image from When I Grow Up. (Courtesy Bureau Spectacular)

Image from When I Grow Up. (Courtesy Bureau Spectacular)

The exhibition, titled insideoutsidebetweenbeyond, builds on architectural ideas developed by Bureau Spectacular-leader Jimenez Lai in an eponymous drawing made in 2014. Through the drawing, Lai explores the formal and urban manifestations of a society in which architecture is capable of rewriting cultural narratives through what Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher, the Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design at SFMOMA, describes as “a balanced democracy of creative individuals.” That work, acquired by SFMOMA in 2015, will be displayed in concert with several other works by Bureau Spectacular, including a comic titled When I Grow Up from 2013, and a collection of five new physical models. The models depict architectural manifestations of urban life through a collection of surreal vignettes.


Still from one of the exhibition models. (Courtesy Bureau Spectacular)

View of one of the exhibition models. (Courtesy Bureau Spectacular)

The busy firm also recently debuted designs for the 2,000-square-foot flagship store for clothing brand Frankie, designed a contemporary reinterpretation of Marc-Antoine Laugier’s “Primitive Hut” for the Seattle-focused travel show, Been There, Made That, and was recently shortlisted for this year’s PS1 MOMA Young Architects Program.

The firm’s SFMOMA exhibition opens February 11, 2017, and will be on view until August 13th. See the exhibition website for more information.

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