Vienna-based MAK has named Priscilla Lovat Fraser as the new director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, its Los Angeles—based satellite location. Fraser was chosen after a lengthy selection process following the departure of long-time MAK director Kimberli Meyer, who stepped down earlier this year to become the director of the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach. Fraser was most recently senior architect and project manager at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), where she provided exhibition design for Chris Burden’s Metropolis II installation and the exhibition James Turrell: A Retrospective. Fraser has also been instrumental in shepherding Peter Zumthor’s controversial expansion proposal for the museum. That proposal requires the demolition of the existing William Pereira-designed LACMA building in lieu of a wholly new building by Zumthor consisting of a continuous gallery uplifted on a series of piers. Fraser has also served as the director of exhibitions and publications at Steven Holl Architects and worked under Barry Bergdoll in the Architecture Department of the Museum of Modern Art. In a press release announcing Fraser’s selection, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, the artistic director of MAK, described the selection of Priscilla Fraser as an "exciting dual opportunity for a successful non-profit arts organization to both build on its legacy and reimagine its future. We have no doubt that Priscilla will embrace the mission of the MAK Center and expand it ambitiously." Fraser will take up her post at the MAK Center’s Schindler House headquarters starting January 2, 2017.
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Kimberli Meyer, the long-time director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in Los Angeles, is stepping down after 14 years at its helm. She will become Director of the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach. Regarding her pivot to a public art institution, Meyer recently told the Los Angeles Times, “state university museums are going to become more and more important as the art world becomes more infected by money, and our society becomes highly influenced by corporate power and concentrated wealth. The university museums play an important role as an independent, academic space that really can dig into issues and encourage critical thinking in ways that private museums cannot.” Meyer’s tenure has involved expanding the collections and breadth of programming at the MAK Center. In 2007, the Center acquired the Rudolph M. Schindler’s Fitzpatrick-Leland House and embarked on an expansion of the MAK-owned garages at Schindler’s 1939 Mackey Apartments, with designs by L.A.-based architecture firm Space International. Meyer’s 2010 show, co-curated with Lisa Henry, Nizan Shaked, and Gloria Sutton, How Many Billboards? Art In Stead, consisted of a public art project that replaced the graphics on some of L.A.’s ubiquitous billboards with 21 newly commissioned works by leading contemporary artists. In a city largely defined by the single family home, and for an art and architecture center housed within the private home of a renowned architect, it is perhaps no coincidence that much of MAK Center’s programming under Meyer revolved around issues of shelter, modernization, and domestic life. In 2011, for example, Meyer co-curated Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design with Susan Morgan as part of the Pacific Standard Time art initiative. She also put on a Graham Foundation-funded exhibition titled Hyper House and Home, an exploration of “personal-home-making” and the “political potential of do-it-yourself design.” In 2014, Meyer and Japanese architect Hitoshi Abe curated Groundswell: Guerilla Architecture in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake, an exhibition of architectural projects that rethought domestic and urban spaces in the face of global climate and social change. More recently, MAK showcased the traveling House Housing exhibition by Temple Buell Center at Columbia University that chronicles the commodification of domestic space.
Like many cities across the country, Los Angeles is suffering from a chronic shortage of housing, period. So, it's quite timely that House Housing: An Untimely History of Architecture and Real Estate in Thirty One Episodes is set to arrive April 9. The exhibition, to be held at the Schindler House's MAK Center, showcases recently published research from the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University. The product of a multi-year research project, House Housing is being published as a book and traveling exhibition, both of the same name and designed by New York City-based graphic design studio MTWTF. The research analyzes contemporary American housing typologies through the lens of design, policy, and finance, aiming to elucidate the interdependency between these topics in American housing today. The exhibition comes to Los Angeles after being exhibited at the recent architecture biennales in Venice and Chicago as well as in conjunction with the Wohnungsfrage ("The Housing Question") project at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. The opening event is scheduled for Saturday April 9 from 3-5pm and will be accompanied by a panel discussion moderated by LA Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne featuring Juliana Maxim, Julie Eizenberg and Andrew Wiese, to be followed by a free public reception. The exhibition runs through May 8th.