FROM Greg Goldin
'Never Built New York' Bridges filled with skyscrapers, a geodesic dome over a baseball stadium, a subway system made of above-ground pneumatic tubes, and other crazy schemes were almost built in New York. You will find these in Never Built New York , the new book by Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell, who previously created a book and exhibition about the sometimes visionary, sometimes cockamamie schemes that for whatever reason never made it past the drawing board in Los Angeles. Lubell and Goldin talk about New York's missed opportunities and reveal what Los Angeles could learn from them. Frank Lloyd Wright's plan for the decommissioned Ellis Island Image Courtesy of American Weekly, July 30, 1961
Saving Pereira's buildings Los Angeles architect William Pereira designed the former Metropolitan Water District headquarters in Echo Park, opened in 1963, as well as three buildings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, opened in 1965. Both are threatened with demolition. We talk to those who want them removed as well as those who want them preserved.
Windshield Perspective What you won't find with Pacific Standard Time Presents is a tidy chronology of LA architecture. Museums have had a free range to offer different perspectives on what might count as LA Modern. So LACMA has a conceptual art piece by Stephen Prina capturing, in pink, the footprint of Schindler; and it will looks forward with a show of new plans for the LACMA site. We'll hear from LACMA director Michael Govan about that show, which opens in June, on an upcoming DnA. And MOCA will explore contemporary architects in the aftermath of Frank Gehry in its New Sculpturalism show, also opening in June, and to be discussed soon on DnA. But opening in May is a show that explores the notion that LA is defined as much by its streets as by its individual buildings. It's called Windshield Perspective , it will be at A+D Museum, and the curator is Greg Goldin. The show takes a look at the layers of building and changes of ownership that have shaped one boulevard in LA: Beverly. Goldin argues that unlike the "manufactured" streets like Grand Avenue, Beverly represents a canvas of authentic Los Angeles, where changing cultures and businesses, often juxtaposed in intriguing ways, that typically we barely observe as it flashes past us when we drive that strip.
BCAM Comes to Town BCAM east façade, Installation of Urban Light Chris Burden, December, 2007 BCAM detail of glass core, north façade January, 2008, © Weldon Brewster BCAM southeast façade, BCAM Born scrim John Baldessari, January 2008 Installation of Urban Light Chris Burden, January, 2008 All images 2008 © Museum Associates, LACMA unless otherwise noted
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Lucia Micarelli: An Evening with Lucia Micarelli Violinist and actress Lucia Micarelli visits The Treatment to discuss her emotive performances as she prepares for PBS' An Evening with Lucia Micarelli.