Los Angeles–area arts spaces are having a rough go of it lately. Just this week, two long-standing art and architecture galleries announced either immediate or planned closures. The Downtown Los Angeles–based Museum of Contemporary Art announced Wednesday that it would be shutting down its architecture and design galleries at the Cesar Pelli–designed Pacific Design Center (PDC) in West Hollywood. Though MOCA has occupied the space for over 20 years, MOCA board chairperson Maria Seferian gave few details in a press release announcing the move, saying simply that “the programming agreement between the two organizations has reached the end of its term.” Seferian added, “We are grateful for our partnership with the PDC ... and now look forward to consolidating and growing our exhibition activities, including presentations on architecture and design, at MOCA’s two Downtown Los Angeles locations.” The museum maintains its flagship, Arata Isozaki–designed location in Downtown Los Angeles’s Bunker Hill district and a Frank Gehry–designed outpost in Little Tokyo. MOCA recently came under the direction of Klaus Biesenbach, the former director of MOMA PS1 in New York City. Over the years, MOCA has exhibited the work of many artists and designers at the PDC, including Takashi Murakami, Catherine Opie, Rodarte, Jean Prouve, and Rick Owens, among others. The current exhibition on view, One Day at a Time: Kahlil Joseph’s Fly Paper, will close out the space on February 24. The news came just one day after Los Angeles Downtown News reported that the local artist–friendly Main Museum had abruptly closed down. According to the report, the museum’s top staff, including museum director Allison Agsten, left their posts in late 2018. The museum is temporarily located in a storefront in L.A.’s Old Bank District as plans for an artful expansion by Tom Wiscombe Architecture (TWA) were supposedly underway. A reason for the museum’s closure has not been stated. The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) also closed its doors last year following financial troubles and a long and expensive list of necessary building repairs. PMCA opened in 2002 as a non-collecting museum focused exclusively on California art and design from the 1800s to the present. The closures run somewhat counter to the actions of other local arts organizations like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Art and Los Angeles Philharmonic. In advance of a planned closure of its main William Pereira and Pfeiffer Associates–designed flagship, the museum announced its intention to open several satellite locations across the city, including a pair of art spaces in South Los Angeles. The L.A. Philharmonic, on the other hand, is pushing forward with its own expansion to Inglewood, where Gehry Partners is designing a new headquarters for an associated youth orchestra.
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Just in time for the Tuesday, November 6, 2018, midterm elections, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles is restaging Untitled (Questions), a graphic installation by Barbara Kruger from 1990 that asks nine pointed, politically-charged questions about today’s troubled cultural climate. In a press release accompanying the 30-foot by 191-foot mural, Kruger said, “I continue to try to address the issues of control, loyalty, hope, fear, and the uses and abuses of power." Kruger added, “It's both tragic and disappointing that this work, thirty years later, might still have some resonance." The public art installation was originally created amid the backdrop of George H.W. Bush’s conservative presidency and at a time when partisan debate in the United States and fears of an impending war with Iraq were at a fever pitch. The mural originally stood on the south wall of what was then known as the Temporary Contemporary (TC), an industrial structure designed by Albert C. Martin in 1940 that was repurposed in 1983 by Frank Gehry into a transitional home for the fledgling museum as its Arata Isozaki–designed Grand Avenue headquarters was under development. Isozaki’s museum was completed in 1986, but the TC has remained in use as an art exhibition space. Last week, the mural was re-installed along the northern wall of the building, which is now named for arts patron David Geffen. Describing the atmosphere surrounding the first installation of the mural, Kruger told The Los Angeles Times, “It was Bush 1 and everyone was wearing flags. And, omigod, the war. It was just horrific.” The mural reads:Untitled (Questions) will be on view through the 2020 presidential election.
WHO IS BEYOND THE LAW? WHO IS BOUGHT AND SOLD? WHO IS FREE TO CHOOSE? WHO DOES TIME? WHO FOLLOWS ORDERS? WHO SALUTES LONGEST? WHO PRAYS LOUDEST? WHO DIES FIRST? WHO LAUGHS LAST?The mural represents the inaugural effort of MOCA’s new director Klaus Biesenbach, who was appointed earlier this year after the previous director Philippe Vergne stepped down.
Lifestyle brand 69 is the brainchild of an anonymous Los Angeles–based designer whose non-gender and non-demographic-specific clothing exuberantly suggests ideas of freedom, inclusivity, and a more fluid future. Since its founding in 2011, 69 has developed a cult following for its playful and exaggerated designs. With a strong focus on transforming denim, a typically utilitarian everyday fabric, into deeply elegant garments that resist easy categorization, 69 welcomes people of all ages, races, sexualities, and sizes into its community. For its first museum solo exhibition, 69 presents a survey of its groundbreaking clothing along with a selection of irreverent and inventive videos and photographs that blur the line between promotional material and artwork.
The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to announce the 2018 George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture by HÖWELER + YOON!
Wednesday 21 February 2018 07:00 PM Open Seating 07:30 PM Lecture Ahmanson Auditorium at THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LOS ANGELES 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Through the initiative and support of Director Pat Scanlon, the GEORGE H. SCANLON FOUNDATION has generously funded an annual George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture since 1998. The 2018 George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecture celebrates this enduring and successful 20-year lecture series by featuring the work of Höweler + Yoon Architecture, presented by both of its principals, Eric Höweler and J. Meejin Yoon. “Höweler + Yoon is an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary architecture and design studio founded in 2005 by principals Eric Höweler and Meejin Yoon. Engaged in projects of all scales, the award-winning multidisciplinary practice operates in the space between architecture, art, and landscape. Engaged in academic, institutional, civic, and cultural projects, Höweler + Yoon is committed to both the practice-of and prospects-for architecture. From concept to construct, Höweler + Yoon is determined to realize the built idea and to test projects through the dynamic interaction between the construct and the larger public. www.howeleryoon.com Eric Höweler, AIA, LEED AP (b. Cali, Colombia) is an architect, educator, and co-founder of Höweler + Yoon Architecture. Höweler is an Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Prior to forming Höweler + Yoon Architecture, Höweler was a Senior Designer at Diller + Scofidio where he worked on the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Juilliard School/ Lincoln Center in New York. As an Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, he was the senior designer on the 118 story ICC Tower in Hong Kong. Eric is the co-author of Expanded Practice: Projects by Höweler + Yoon Architecture / MY Studio (Princeton Architectural Press 2009) and author of Skyscraper: Vertical Now (Rizzoli/Universe Publishers 2003). J. Meejin Yoon, AIA, FAAR (b. Seoul, Korea) is a Korean-American architect and designer. In 2014, Yoon was appointed as the first female Head of the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Yoon is a registered architect and founder of MY Studio and Höweler + Yoon Architecture. Awarded the Irwin Sizer award for Most Significant Improvement (and Innovation) to Education at MIT in 2013, the United States Artist Award in Architecture and Design in 2008, the Athena RISD Emerging Designer Award in 2008, Architecture Record’s Design Vanguard Award in 2007, the Rome Prize in Design in 2005, and a Fulbright Fellowship in 1998, Yoon’s work has been widely recognized for its innovative and interdisciplinary nature. Her design research investigates new intersections between space, technology, and materiality. Yoon is the co-author of Expanded Practice: Projects by Höweler + Yoon Architecture / MY Studio (Princeton Architectural Press 2009) and author of Public Works: Unsolicited Small Projects for the Big Dig (MAP Book Publishers 2008).” - Höweler + Yoon Architecture Previous George H. Scanlon Foundation Lecturers were: (2017) Michiel Riedijk / Neutelings Riedijk Architects REDUX.5, (2016) Iñaki Ábalos / Ábalos+Sentkiewicz arquitectos REDUX.4, (2015) James Corner / Field Operations REDUX.3, (2014) Elizabeth Diller / Diller Scofido + Renfro REDUX.2, (2013) Winy Maas / MVRDV REDUX, (2012) George Hargreaves / Hargreaves Associates, (2011) Jürgen Mayer H. / J. MAYER H. Architects, (2010) Merrill Elam / Mack Scoggin Merrill Elam Architects, (2009) Sol Madridejos / SANCHO-MADRIDEJOS, (2008) Nader Tehrani / office dA, (2007) Elias Torres / Martinez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectos, (2006) Matthias Sauerbruch / sauerbruch hutton, (2005) Michiel Riedijk / Neutelings Riedijk Architects, (2004) Iñaki Abalos / Abalos & Herreros, (2003) Petra Blaisse / INSIDE OUTSIDE, (2002) James Corner / Field Operations, (2000) Dave Hickey / UNLV, (1999) Elizabeth Diller / Diller + Scofidio and (1998) Winy Maas / MVRDV. IMAGES clockwise from top Collier Memorial, MIT Campus, Cambridge, MA, design by Höweler + Yoon Architecture, photography by Iwan Baan Eric Höweler, photography by Höweler + Yoon Architecture J. Meejin Yoon, photography by Höweler + Yoon Architecture This lecture was organized by the ARCHITECTURE/LANDSCAPE/INTERIORS Department at Otis College of Art and Design, with Linda Pollari, Chair. For information about the department or lecture call 310.665.6867, email ArchitectureLandscapeInteriors@otis.edu or visit http://www.otis.edu/ali.
Now we're really confused. Amidst reports that LA's MOCA might be taken over by LACMA or USC, now we hear via the New York Times that the struggling institution might now join forces with the National Gallery in Washington D.C. According to John Wilmerding, the chairman of the Gallery's board of trustees, MOCA is "close to working out a five-year agreement...to collaborate on programming, research and exhibitions." The deal wouldn't include fundraising assistance, but would obviously bolster MOCA's ability to raise money with the National Gallery's high profile assistance on programming, exhibitions, research, curation, and staffing. Oh, and guess who approached the National Gallery, according to the story: MOCA board chair Eli Broad, who has made it clear he doesn't want to be swallowed by LACMA. Stay tuned as this saga plays out.