Esther McCoy and The Heat of American Modernist.Architecture and Design
Wed, 28.09.2011–Sun, 29.01.2012
MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, USA
This is the first exhibition to highlight the extraordinary range and importance of McCoys work. The show and the accompanying fully-illustrated catalog survey McCoys Los Angeles activities, including her activist journalism in the 1930s focusing on Los Angeles slum clearances; her inside view of the day-to-day workings of architect Rudolph M. Schindlers studio; her work with popular and architectural press and the rise of innovative domestic architecture; her campaign to save Irving Gills 1916 Dodge House; and her always incisive stories that deliver an irresistibly compelling, first-hand view of American modernism.
Curators Kimberli Meyer, MAK Center Director; Susan Morgan, writer
Besides brilliant achievements in the arts and crafts production in Austria in the nineteenth century, the Empire and Biedermeier Collection on permanent display shows the creative and material versatility of an epoch marked by cultural, social and economic upheavals in the wake of the industrial revolution.
This presentations thematic core is the multifarious struggle to arrive at an Austrian, modern, bourgeois, and democratic style. Today, this chapter of design and arts and crafts historysubsumed under the terms of Secessionism and Jugendstilserves like no other to underpin Austrian identity.