Delirious LA Calendar
August 11th, 2014
Alice Könitz on micro museums and the Los Angeles Museum of Art
LA-based artist Alice Könitz founded the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA) in 2012. First parked on a driveway near some artist studios in Eagle Rock, LAMOA is a hand-built, 13-foot-long micro museum. At moment, the mobile museum itself seems like it is everywhere. It’s on display at the Armory Center for the Arts in an exhibition titled The Fifth Wall until December 14, and simultaneously, LAMOA’s collection is part of the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. exhibition on view through September 7.
The LA Forum asked Alice to divulge LAMOA’s inspirations and origins:
Where did the idea for the Los Angeles Museum of Art come from?
At first, I was interested in establishing a fictional institution— basically a sculpture with the title “Los Angeles Museum of Art.” It could have remained just that, but it also worked as an exhibition space for artists whose work makes sense in that context. For me LAMOA has definitely been a catalyst for the exchange of ideas.
Were there any micro galleries you used to model the design and your curatorial practice?
I’m interested in historical precedents such as Marcel Broodthaers’s Musée d’Art Moderne, Départment des Aigles, and Claes Oldenburg’s Mouse Museum. When I moved here [from Germany] I heard about a project by a young artist, Mike Bouchet who had established an artist in residence program in a shed in the back of his house somewhere in Eagle Rock, which he called Giverny after Monet’s retreat. I was really intrigued by the discrepancy between the name and what I imagined the actual place must have looked like. I was also inspired by Artist Curated Projects (ACP), an exhibition space that’s run by Eve Fowler and Lucas Michael out of Eve Fowler’s living room; and by Young Chung’s Commonwealth and Council, which Chung started out off his living room too, but has since moved to a bigger space on 7th street.
How has placing LAMOA within the institutional context of the Hammer and the Armory changed the visitor experience?
I like that in these exhibitions LAMOA can be seen both as a mini exhibition space and as an art piece in itself. I think the visitor experience inside of these institutions is quite different from the experience that you would have at my studio. To get to the end of the driveway of my studio the visitors had to first make an effort to find it, and when they arrived they were often in doubt whether they had found the right institution. Occasionally people would ask me “Where’s the museum?” while standing in my driveway.
LA Forum Event
On The Map 2014: shoptalk
This year’s “On the Map” series turns a spotlight not on the end products of finished buildings, but on the processes by which design is achieved. LA Forum’s Shoptalk events invite designers to reveal the methods of their architectural making and building, spanning a continuum from the high-tech digital on one end, to the analog and hand-crafted on the other. Exposing this range of activities, shoptalk invites you to tour the facilities where the magic happens and engage in the discussion about what it is that architects do.
August 28, 2014
September 11, 2014
Panel Discussion on Housing Construction Systems
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students, and free for LA Forum Members.
Non-members can purchase tickets the day of the event.
Los Angeles Events
Epiphany Conservation Trust Benefit Auction 2014
West of Rome Founder and Director Emi Fontana and LACMA curator Rita Gonzalez have selected over 30 art works by contemporary artists for the 2014 Benefit Auction of the Epiphany Conservation Trust. This auction will provide access to amazing works of art as well as the opportunity to support a unique cause. The funds raised from this event will be used for continued restoration of the historic Church of the Epiphany, a project overseen by Los Angeles-based architectural firm Escher GuneWardena.
Online auction opening: Saturday, August 9th, 2014
Big City Forum: City of Hope, City of Resistance: Research and Actions at the Urban Level | Armory Center for the Arts
Competing Utopias | Neutra VDL Research House
Competing Utopias is an experimental installation put together by six curatorial collaborators.Through architecture and design objects, exhibit explores Cold War modernity in the East and West, twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Food – Water – Life / Lucy + Jorge Orta | Otis
Lucy and Jorge Orta’s works are relics of their own assemblages that are the platform for the preparation of food, mechanisms that purify water, and elements created for a 2007 expedition to Antarctica that are part of an effort to amend the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, contraptions built as powerful pieces of art intended to push us toward action and awareness.
My Atlas: Lynell George + Savage Eye | Clockshop
Lynell George will speak about wandering in one’s hometown, and how to formulate a sense of place in a city that perpetually remakes itself. She will be followed by a screening of the film The Savage Eye by Ben Maddow.