Everything Loose Will Land

Thu, 09.05.2013–Sun, 04.08.2013

MAK Center L.A., Schindler House

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 city’s 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 city’s core and before the construction of such monuments as MOCA or Disney Hall asserted the city’s 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

MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles

835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Opening Hours

Wed–Sun 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Closed Mon and Tue. MAK Center Bookstore is open seven days a week, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.


Guided Tours

at the weekend and by advance booking.



$7 / $6 students and seniors,
admission including Schindler by MAK guide $17 / $16 students and seniors

Free Admission
children under 12, Friends of the Schindler House, and Friends of the MAK Center; on Friday afternoons 4–6 p.m.; International Museum Day in May; and Schindler's Birthday, 10 September

Schindler House / Mackey Apartments & Garages / Fitzpatrick-Leland House:

The first Friday of every month,
11 a.m.–6 p.m., advance reservations required

Admission for all three houses,
incl. Schindler by MAK guide:
$50 / $42 students and seniors / $30 Friends of the Schindler House and Friends of the MAK Center

Admission Fitzpatrick-Leland House only, incl. Schindler by MAK guide:
$34 / $32 students and seniors / $20 Friends of the Schindler House and Friends of the MAK Center

Admission Mackey Apartments only,
incl. Schindler by MAK guide:
$17 / $16 students and seniors, free to Friends of the Schindler House and Friends of the MAK Center

MAK Center L.A.





MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles

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.
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12,5 x 24 cm, paperback
200 pages, b/w and full colored illustrations.
MAK, Vienna / Prestel Verlag, Munich 2005



The Schindler House

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.
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China – Japan – Korea
MAK/Guide ASIA. China – Japan – Korea published on the occasion of the reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection Asia (19.2.2014). German/English, 200 pages, appr. 100 color illustrations, 24 x 12,5 cm, paperback, Vienna / Munich–London–New York: MAK / Prestel Verlag, 2014


256 pages, 264 illustrations, 220 full color
Birkhäuser Publishers 2006

Permanent Collection Romanesque Gothic Renaissance

Artistic intervention: Günther Förg
The MAK Romanesque Gothic Renaissance Collection on permanent display reflects the often long-term survival of stylistic characteristics in the decorative arts. A special highlight here is the most ancient set of medieval liturgical vestments to have been preserved in its entirety.
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Works on Paper Room

Curator: Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel
The Works on Paper Room is devoted exclusively to graphic art. This space features a multifunctional system of tracks holding mobile frames that can be converted to display cases as needed. Thematically, the material presented here encompasses commercial graphic art in the broadest sense. The diversity of the exhibition programming, which covers a range of topics including posters, hand drawings, Japanese woodcuts, individual artists’ stances, artists’ books and architectural projects, testifies to the underlying collection’s multilayered character.
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