TerrAtories of Engagement
Exploring and exposing the relationship of art, the garden, the landscape and nature

Spring 1999 lecture series

May 18 > TerrAtories

Janet Sager’s training in fine art, environmental design and art history has given her insight into interdisciplinary critical practice. After eight years with Morphosis architects, she now works with AJK. She has served as a critic and curator and has published and presented articles on art and architecture.

Achva Stein is a landscape architect and director of the Landscape Architecture Program at USC. She has received numerous grants and awards for her research, teaching and design work. Her projects have been published and exhibited widely, including at MOCA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Peter Erskine’s “Secrets of the Sun: Millennial Meditations” installations involve the interplay of light, architecture and the environment and use the emotional impact of art to address the full range of nature, from its most elemental expression as pure light to its most complex expression as global ecology.

May 25 > The Garden as Art

Richard Turner teaches sculpture, design and Asian art history at Chapman University. HE serves as co-director of the Guggenheim Gallery where he recently curated the exhibition “East of Eden: Profane Gardens.” As an artist he investigates ways of eliciting meaning from a site.

Jacci Den Hartog is an artist who seeks to fuse concepts of space embodied in Chinese gardens, such as explansiveness and boundlessness, into sculptural objects. She is interested in reinvestigating the garden as fine art.

Laura Cooper is an artist and obsessive garden maker, creating award-winning pieces for the Los Angeles Garden Show. Her current paintings continue the theme of fantasy and transformation within the garden. She teaches at the Art Center College of Design.

Elizabeth Bryant is an artist and teaches at California State University, Los Angeles. Her recent work has utilized historic and contemporary representations of gardens and landscapes to examine our mediated relationship with nature and how it influences our sense of place an cultural identity.

June 3 > Nature as Vehicle

David Luce is a landscape painter and graphic artist. He teaches at Art Center ColIege of Design and Otis College of Art and Design. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions and collections.

Doug Hollis, inspired by Native American culture, has created a large body of solo and collaborative projects incorporating natural phenomenon and responsive environmental structures.

Anna Murch, a public artist, deals with the world of phenomenon and the physical landscape. She has received numerous honors including a National Endowment for the Arts Award and a Presidential Design Award.

June 8 > In the Public Realm

Eugenia Butler works to transform large questions and aspects of the, unknown into physical form. Working since 1967, solo and in collaboration with other thinkers and artists, her exhibitions and works include “Prospekt Documenria”, “A Negative Space Hole”, “The Kitchen Table”, “The Book of Lies” and “Fire in the Library”.

Barbara McCarren is an installation artist who exhibits site-specific works. She received a NEA Individual Artist Fellowship and her work is in LACMA’s permanent collection. Since 1991 she has collaborated with artists, architects and landscape architects in designing public spaces including Pershing Square in Los Angeles, and Cesar E. Chavez Park in long Beach.

Jud Fine is a public artist and professor at USC. He is particularly well known for the Maguire Gardens at the Los Angeles Central library. His work, often done in collaboration with Barbara McCarren, derives from the site’s history and strives to inspire curiosity and thought.

Carl Cheng seeks to link technology with a specifically Eastern Spirituality in site-specific installations which both invite intellectual thought and provide a space for quiet contemplation. One of his most familiar pieces is the “Art Tool”, a giant sand roller pulled across Santa Monica beach by a tractor.

Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design
All lectures take place at 7:00 p.m. at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture Los Angeles, at the Schindler House
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, California.

Entrace fee non members $7, students $5.
Annual membership in the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design is $35 and entitles one to free admission to Forum events and to receive the Forum Newsletter and pamphlet publications.

For information, call 323 852 7145, or write:
Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design,
Post Office Box 661327, Los Angeles, California.
Parking is available in the public parking garage at the northeast corner of Kings Rd. and Santa Monica Blvd. (8383 Santa Monica Blvd).

The L.A. Forum thanks the MAK Center for its hospitality.
Lecture series organized and curated by the Events Committee.
Graphic design by Chloe Parent (CinLA 323 644 0622).