5 things to do this week

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Celebrate architecture and design from around the world at the Architecture and Design Film Festival; attend a lecture by award winning Nigerian architect, Kunlé Adeyemi; learn about the business of art at the Not Real Art conference; see Klaus Frahm's behind the scenes views of classical European theatres; and consider why design matters for housing in SF and LA.

"That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles", by Christopher Hawthorne, peels back the layers of Wright’s Mayan-inspired designs, framing five houses as a type of catharsis for the architect in the wake of an emotionally turbulent period.

1) The Architecture & Design Film Festival

The Architecture and Design Film Festival is back in Los Angeles, with 24 films, director Q & A's and in-depth discussion about architecture and designs. Highlights include documentaries on Dieter Rams, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe are among the highlights. The festival opens Wednesday with Ultan Guilfoyle's documentary "Frank Gehry: Building Justice" about the architect's SCI-Arc and Yale architecture studios focused on more humane prison design. Following the screening, DnA's Frances Anderton will talk with Guilfoyle and former inmate Irene Ingrid. 

When: Wednesday, March 13 - Sunday March 17.  You can see the detailed schedule here.

Where: The Los Angeles Theatre Center, 14 S Spring St, Los Angeles 90013

Tickets: General Admission $16.50; Students $11.00.  You can see the schedule and purchase tickets here.

Nigerian Architect and Urbanist Kunlé Adeyemi "Engages the Local and Specific To Have a Powerful Effect on a Global Level." Adeyemi won the Silver Lion award for promising young participant at the 2016 Venice Biennial for his Makoko Floating School.

2) Kunlé Adeyemi talk  at MOCA: 

Kunlé Adeyemi, architect, urban researcher and now Designer-in-Residence at Otis College of Art and Design, will talk about his work at MOCA Grand Avenue this Wednesday evening. Following a stint at Rem Koolhaas' firm OMA, Adeyemi founded his own firm NLÉ (2010) and turned his focus to his native continent, Africa. He has been engaged with an extensive research project, African Water Cities. He gained global attention for his innovative Makoko Floating School, conceived for the lagoon at the heart of Lagos, Nigeria, where he was born and maintains an office. Other projects include Chicoco Radio Media Center, an amphibious community building in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and a summer pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London, UK. A reception will follow the 7:30pm lecture.

When: Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 pm (Lecture starts at 7:30)

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), 250 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90012

Tickets: Free. You can email architecturelandscapeinteriors@otis.edu to reserve a seat(s).

Mexican Animator Jorge Gutiérrez, Co-Creator of El Tigre for Nickelodeon, will be on hand to share his experiences.

3) Not Real Art: Creators Conference

If it makes money, can it be real art? Yes! The ticketed Not Real Art Conference takes the view that artists have to master the business of art, if they are not to be starving artists or exploited. Scott Power, co-founder with Man One of Crewest, a creative communication company,  brings together artists, lawyers and industry experts -- including Jorge Gutierrez, Hueman, Man One, Logan Hicks, Julie B, and Channing Dungey (Netflix, VP of Original Series) -- to share their experiences in copyrights, trademarks, licensing, brand marketing, pitching Hollywood, and more. DnA's Frances Anderton will say a few words at the top of the day.

Read more about the conference and speakers here. After party immediately following at La Cuevita, 5922 N. Figueroa St, Los Angeles 90042.

When: Saturday, March 16, 9 am - 7 pm

Where: Highland Park Ebell Club, 131 S Ave 57, Los Angeles 90042

Tickets: Early Bird (while supplies last) $100, after that $150.  You can read more about the event and get tickets here. Lunch and After-Party included.

The fallen chandelier from the Phantom of the Opera as seen from Klaus Frahm's Fourth Wall perspective: from behind the stage to the audience.

4) The Fourth Wall: Stages photographed by Klaus Frahm

We usually think of the fourth wall as the invisible wall through which the audience watches the scene, the opening for camera or spectator to play their role.  Klaus Frahm's The Fourth Wall pierces that wall to offer rarely seen views from behind-the-scenes at several of Europe's most famous theaters and opera houses, creating a striking visual commentary on the two-way effect of this 'wall' and the interactive relationships between audience and performers, backstage and balcony. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on March 16th, the same eveningthat Frahm’s son, renowned neo-classical pianist Nils Frahm, makes a highly anticipated debut performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. A hi-fidelity sound system installed in the gallery will provide musical context to the prints on view. Read more about the exhibition here.

When: Opening Reception Saturday, March 16, 4 - 7 pm; Exhibition runs through April 27

Where: Gallerie XII, 6150 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles 90048

Tickets: Free.

1201 Tennesee Street1201 Tennessee Street is one of many housing designs by San Francisco-based Anne Fougeron.

5) Housing LA/SF Building Matters Symposium

Dating back to the 19th century and then the Bauhaus, architects have engaged with the challenge of providing well-designed, affordable housing. Now, with housing crises in San Francisco and Los Angeles, architects and design schools are once again prioritizing this social goal. Cal Poly Pomona's LA Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design will host a conference Saturday about housing design that translates economic and cultural factors into spatial relationships that inspire the imagination. Architects Anne Fougeron, David Baker, Julie Eizenberg, Neil Denari, Stanley Saitowitz and Thom Mayne, will join moderators Frances Anderton, Rafi Segal and Stephen Phillips for discussions about how housing is shaping these important cities. 

When: Saturday, March 16, 1:30 - 6:30 pm

Where:  Emerson College, 5960 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90028

Tickets: Free. Please RSVP to calpolylametro@gmail.com.