Everything Loose Will Land explores the cross-pollination that took place between architects and artists in Los Angeles from the late 1960s to 1980. The exhibition is part of the Getty-led initiative Pacific Standard Time presents: Los Angeles Modern Architecture.
Guest-curated by Sylvia Lavin, Everything Loose Will Land explores the intersection between architecture and other visual arts in Los Angeles during the 1970s. Reframing Frank Lloyd Wright's famous quip, Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles, the exhibition demonstrates that rather than merely abject, this infamous looseness dislodged the arts from their separate habits and encouraged productive realignments amongst cultural practices. If the 1950s in Los Angeles were characterized by the citys need to establish its establishment and by the arts commitment to notions of medium specificity, the 1980s were shaped by a virtually unbounded market and robust institution building that encouraged all the arts to focus on themselves and their individual advancement. Both periods, in other words, structured the arts as autonomous and even competitive activities. But in the 15 or so years in between, after the Watts riots shook the citys core and before the construction of such monuments as MOCA or Disney Hall asserted the citys cultural self-confidence, slippery convergences in the ways art and architecture were made and in the understanding of for whom and why they were made yielded profound changes in virtually every aspect of what then came to be called the built environment. The peculiar institutional, geographical and social looseness of L.A. contributed to the rise of this specific ecology, but its impact was to restructure the cultural landscape itself.
Guest Curator Sylvia Lavin, Director of Critical Studies and MA/PhD Programs, UCLArchitecture
The home and studio of the Austrian-American architect Rudolph M. Schindler on Kings Road in West Hollywood serves today as the homebase of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles. This seminal building was declared an architectural landmark by the World Monument Fund in 2002. Today Schindler counts as one of the most important modern architects.
The MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, founded in 1994, is a contemporary, experimental, multi-disciplinary center for art and architecture and is based today in three of the most important houses by the Austrian-American architect Rudolph M. Schindler. The core of the programming includes the internationally sought-after MAK Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program, an annual residency program for emerging international artists and architects.
The MAK Library and Works on Paper Collection is one of the largest and oldest museum libraries with a focus on applied art. Alongside classic library functions, the collection is also devoted to artistic aspects of the pictorial in all possible variants as well as to the initiation of a reappraisal of art production manifested in paper form.
Book-market edition of the catalogue for the exhibition of the same title (21.1.-19.4.2009) German/English 200 Pages, 183 colored illustrations 32 x 24 cm, paperback MAK Vienna / Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostﬁldern-Ruit 2009