Where else can you find an exhibit combining (pictured,my photo) Bruce Nauman, Larry Bell, Frank Gehry and Rudolph Schindler? Where else indeed…LA of course.
The current exhibit at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture taking its name from the notorious Frank Lloyd Wright quip, “Tip the world 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.
As an architecture student in the mid eighties in LA – I took it for granted that when I worked for Robert Mangurian I would be helping to build a model of a James Turrell project (Roden Crater); that working in the model shop for Frank Gehry meant building architectural models out of chunks of wood and cast plaster, methods borrowed from artist Donald Judd and others; that you could stumble on an art gallery on Melrose and discover the interior had been designed by Larry Bell…All of this was a matter of fact – and so it must be everywhere. Now I discover, thanks to Sylvia Lavin’s great curating, that I was caught up in a movement, on its way to an “ism”. One more week to catch this inspiring exhibit!