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Michael Maltzan and Amy Murphy take on anxiety in the city in their installation design for LACMA’s Haunted Screens. Birdman’s costume designer discusses an outfit choice for maximum embarrassment. Plus, Avishay Artsy explores a provocative plan for the future of Auschwitz II.

Photo: © Museum Associates/LACMA 

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Caroline Chamberlain

German Expressionist Cinema Haunts LACMA 12 MIN, 35 SEC

Husband and wife Michael Maltzan and Amy Murphy partnered up to create the installation for the LACMA exhibition Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s. Hear them talk about their design and the connections between expressionist film and the contemporary city.


Guests:
Michael Maltzan, Michael Maltzan Architecture (@maltzanarch)
Amy Murphy, USC School of Architecture

Designing for Birdman 9 MIN, 2 SEC

Birdman, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, is about an actor whose life has gone into meltdown. One of its iconic scenes involves Riggan Thomson, played by Michael Keaton, charging through the streets of Manhattan, in his underwear.

His dress -- or undress -- was created by veteran costume designer Albert Wolsky, working with production designer Kevin Thompson. Wolsky spoke to DnA’s Caroline Chamberlain about the challenges of designing understatement.

Read more about the making of the film on the DnA blog

Guests:
Albert Wolsky, Birdman

Birdman

Naomi Watts

The Future of Auschwitz 9 MIN, 44 SEC

Auschwitz has become shorthand for the horrors of the Holocaust. Now, nearly 70 years after the Second World War ended, there is an ongoing debate about how to properly preserve Birkenau, or Auschwitz II.


Los Angeles-based architects Russell Thomsen and the late Eric Kahn developed a radical proposal to leave the site “blank.” Their concept, "Thinking the Future of Auschwitz," is now on show at SCI-Arc. KCRW’s Avishay Artsy explores their thinking and the challenge of memorializing this site.

Guests:
Russell Thomsen, IDEA
Michael Berenbaum, Holocaust Historian
Mark Rothman, Friends of Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation

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