MOCA, Drama and 'A New Sculpturalism'
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MOCA’s “A New Sculpturalism” architecture show stalls and restarts amidst a dispute over its curatorial direction. LA architects discuss why they don’t want to be “sculpturalists,” even as they showcase work in an art museum; and they give us a taste of LA’s ongoing experimentation and its effect on the architecture of tomorrow. With Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, Neil Denari, Christopher Mount, Christopher Hawthorne, Georgina Huljich, Marcelo Spina, Elena Manferdini, Benjamin Ball, Tom Wiscombe, and Michael Webb.
Drama in the Making of 'A New Sculpturalism' ()
A couple years back, MOCA brought in a visiting curator, Christopher Mount, to create a show of LA architecture dating back 25 years. The Getty granted the museum almost 450,000 dollars and he developed a show that he called A New Sculpturalism.
He brought in over 30 architects, including three he considered to be fathers of this “sculptural” approach – Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne and Eric Owen Moss. But the framing of the show upset several of the architects, among them Frank Gehry who pulled out of the show in spring, leading to a stalling of the show. After negotiations between the Getty, MOCA, Frank Gehry and some of the other architects, the show got back on track.
A Taste of the Future at 'A New Sculpturalism' ()
A New Sculpturalism will show models, sketches and photographs of buildings constructed by more than 30 of LA’s leading and lesser-known architects.
But, knowing that architecture is best experienced at human scale, MOCA also commissioned walk-in pavilions designed by young architects -- Elena Manferdini, Georgina Hujlich and Marcelo Spina of the firm Patterns, and Tom Wiscombe.
In addition they asked Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues of Ball-Nogues to create a custom gateway (as we air, their participation is still being negotiated.) DnA visited each of the designers in their studios to get a sense of what they are building, and got a taste of the digital design and materials research that might inform buildings of the future.
- Thom Mayne: Morphosis Architects
- Tom Wiscombe: Tom Wiscombe Design
- Benjamin Ball: Ball-Nogues, @Ball_Nogues
- Elena Manferdini: Atelier Manferdini
- Marcelo Spina: P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S
- Georgina Huljich: UCLA
- Neil Denari: Neil Denari Architects
- Michael Webb: architectural writer
- Christopher Hawthorne: Los Angeles Times, @hawthorneLAT
- Christopher Mount: Pasadena Museum of California Art
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