Delirious LA Calendar January 10th, 2011


Sustainability and Heritage in a World of Change
Sustainable development-the concept of meeting the worlds current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same-has important implications for civil society, including our environmental, economic, and social well being.  Cultural heritage professionals, working to safeguard the built environment, recognize the synergistic relationship between conservation and sustainability. However, the role of heritage conservation in achieving sustainability has not been well recognized, nor have heritage needs been well integrated into sustainability initiatives. This failure, in some instances, has led to conflict between heritage conservation efforts and environmental regulation. Join a panel of cultural heritage professionals as they describe their own experiences in negotiating these conflicts and offer ways to move forward.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 – 7:00pm
City – AGAIN – Beautiful
As in the 1890s and early years of the twentieth century, we are today at a turning point in American society, and indeed in the Western World. The economic system driven through the language of consumption is exhausted; disgust with the inability of government to solve pressing problems is once again at a high level; and the suburban way of life, so familiar and fundamental to American thought and self-image, has turned into a nightmare of endlessly congested roads, bankrupt neighborhoods, disjointed communities, missing jobs and an inadequate tax base to support existing sprawling communities, not to mention obvious increasing difficulties to supply the extraordinary high energy needs for this way of life.
Wednesday, January 12 – 7:00pm

Clement Lau, LA Sustainability Collaborative Fellow
“Proposed Freeway Cap Parks in Southern California”

Cap parks, also referred to as highway or deck parks, are parks built over segments of freeways that are below grade. Clement Lau will present on his research on four freeway cap parks proposed for the Los Angeles Region, including the Hollywood Central Park, PARK 101 in downtown, and two smaller cap parks in Santa Monica. Mr. Lau’s policy briefing paper, funded by the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative, is intended to help policy makers, environmental advocates, and the general public to better understand cap parks, and the associated environmental and public health issues. Mr. Lau is a doctoral candidate in the Policy, Planning, and the Environment Program at University of Southern California.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 – 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Kanner Architects | ARkidECTURE Workshop
During this workshop the ARkidECTs will be planning and building a house for their favorite toy (no bigger than Barbie please), creating a ARkidECTURE + design neighborhood. Kanner Architects will be on hand to guide the children, providing their expertise in residential design to help the ARkidECTs create a dream home for their toy! Parents are welcome to join the fun as well.
Space is limited so be sure to register by January 12th.
$10 per child includes all materials and snack.
Saturday, January 15th from 10AM – 1PM.

Miracle Mile Art Walk
A+D Museum will offer free admission, Saturday January 15th. Take advantage of this
opportunity to see our current exhibition Stephen H. Kanner, FAIA; A Retrospective Exhibition, the exhibition closes January 16th!  View a collection of both professional and personal work from this notable Los Angeles architect. And be sure not to miss the A+D shop!
January 15, 2011 – 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Second Annual Classic Photographs Los Angeles
Show Hours
Saturday, January 15: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 16: noon – 5:00 p.m.


Jorge Francisco Liernur: Austral Group: A CIAM Brigade in the Far South; 1937-1948
Argentinean art and architecture historian Jorge Francisco Liernur is renowned for his comprehensive studies on contemporary architecture in Latin America and Argentine. Publications include The Threshold of the Metropolis, Architecture in 20th Century Argentina, Writings on 20th Century Architecture in Latin America, The Shadow of the Avant-Garde, Hannes Meyer in Mexico, and Dictionary of Architecture in Argentina. Liernur currently directs the Center for the Studies of Contemporary Architecture at the Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires, where he also teaches Modernity and Urban Culture.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 – 7:00pm

Charles Johnstone: Thirty-four Basketball Courts

Joseph Bellows Gallery is pleased to present Charles Johnstone: Thirty-four Basketball Courts. The exhibition will be on view from January 21 – February 25, 2011. An opening reception with the artist will be held on January 21 (5 – 8 pm).Even before seeing these photographs, one has a pretty good sense of what they are like. We expect them to be swift and noisy and gritty. Players charging down court, spinning past each other on their way to the basket. The swish of a chain net, or a resonant clang as the ball strikes the rim. More than likely there is a lot of swearing. But these aren’t those pictures. To our surprise, Charles Johnstone’s basketball courts are quiet, stately, and often graceful.
January 21 – February 25, 2011
Opening Reception: Sunday, January 21, 5 – 8 pm


Christian Moeller, Tangible Cartoons
Working with contemporary media technologies to produce innovative and intense physical events, Christian Moeller realizes the handheld object to architectural scale installations. In 1990, Moeller founded his first studio and media laboratory in Germany; in 2001, he moved to the US, opening a studio in Hollywood. His work centers on complex investigations of what is revealed by the intersections of cinema, computation, music and physical space. In times characterized by increased drift towards sterile robotic behavior, Moeller is growing a series of large robotic sculptures for public spaces, which are well-mannered and (mostly) friendly.
Friday, January 26, 2011 – 7:00pm

Nip Tuck Diptych: A Lecture on Architecture
by Sharon Johnston of Johnston Marklee and Nader Tehrani of Office dA
The two architects collaborated on Helios House, a sustainable gas station in Los Angeles, with roof solar panels and recycled glass mixed into its concrete floor. Within the site, water, heat, energy, lighting, and material systems are all built to maximize sustainability and energy efficiency.  Sharon Johnston is a principal at Johnston Marklee, an architectural practice providing design and consultation services for residential, institutional and commercial development clients and partners.  Nader Tehrani is one of the founding members of Office dA along with principal partner Monica Ponce de Leon.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Lecture: 7:30pm  Reception: 9:00pm


Art, Architecture and California Culture: The Works of Kenton Nelson

American scene painting, Regionalism and the work of WPA artists of the 1930s inspires the current work of Pasadena artist Kenton Nelson whose subjects are often iconic images of Southern California life and style.
Lecture: $12, free to Friends of the Gamble House (FoGH) members. Studio tour: $20, $15 to FoGH members. Reservations are required.
Saturday, January 29, 2011 – 1:00pm
Open Studio Tour from 3:00pm to 5:00pm follows lecture.


Hernan Diaz Alonso: The Forms of Plenty
Considered an influential voice of his generation, Hernan Diaz Alonso, principal of Los Angeles-based Xefirotarch, has achieved wide recognition for his biomorphic models exhibited both in architecture and art museums around the world. In 2005, Diaz Alonso was the winner of PS1 MoMa’s Young Architects Program (YAP) competition.  His work has since been the subject of solo shows at the San Francisco MoMa, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the MAK Centre, Vienna. He is scheduled to produce a solo show at the Pompidou Center in Paris in 2012. Recently, Diaz Alonso was named Graduate Programs Chair at SCI-Arc.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 – 7:00pm

Patrick Tighe, with composer Ken Ueno and fabricator Machineous: Out of Memory
Out of Memory, by Los Angeles-based firm Patrick Tighe Architecture, together with renowned composer Ken Ueno and fabricator Machineous, will be on view in the SCI-Arc Gallery between February 4 – March 13, 2011. Tighe’s installation, accompanied by a site-specific composition by Ueno, offers an experience at the convergence of sound, material, light, form and technology. Its soundscape is integral to the experience and used to explore the spatialization of sound within the physical boundaries of the SCI-Arc Gallery.
Opening Reception: Friday, Feb 4, 7-9pm
Discussion: Friday, February 18, 7pm


Edward Cella Art + Architecture announces a solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles native artist Laurie Frick.  Entitled Sleep Patterns, each of Frick’s wall-based works and a site specific installation, represent the resonant rhythms of the neural paths of the human mind. Using scientific tools to measure these, Frick desires to visually present our biological nature though a unique language of pattern. This is Frick’s debut exhibit with Edward Cella Art + Architecture, as well as her first on the West Coast.
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 12, 2011 / 6:00 – 8:00 PM
February 12 through April 2, 2011



Michael Whiting : Sculptures
Cabana Home, in collaboration with Edward Cella Art + Architecture, presents a solo exhibition of new steel sculptures by Southern California artist Michael Whiting.  Constructed from welded steel and coated with bright automotive enamels, Whiting creates playful works inspired by the forms and imagery of early video gaming and computer graphics.  Recognizing the extreme sparseness of forms inherent to the constraints of pixel-based technologies Whiting states, “In my visual experience Pac-man came before Donald Judd or Carl Andre. For me, Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie will always be an homage to Pac-man.  My current work explores the visual connection between minimalism and early video games.”
November 15, through January 9, 2010
Monday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM


First Exhibition “Venice from then to now”
Yann Perreau is pleased to announce the opening of “Here is Elsewhere” gallery as part of “Design Loves Art” at Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles. “Here is Elsewhere” is a project space dedicated to exploring the hidden history that links artists from “Here” -So Cal- with artists from “Elsewhere”.
“Venice artists from then to now”, the first exhibition at the gallery, will open on November 18th at 5 pm. This group show will explore Venice Beach’s rich and radical art scene, from the 1960’s until now. When the Ferus Gallery opened, Venice was an affordable paradise for a community of artists, dealers, homeless, rock stars and Beat poets. This is the place where key figures of the Southern California art scene met to create their most experimental works. “I wouldn’t live anywhere else” explains Larry Bell who returned to his original studio on Pacific Avenue recently after years in Tao, New Mexico. Forty years after its pioneer time, Venice is now often seen as passé or cliché. It would have become gentrified, some kind of a touristic resort. It would have lost its soul.
Opening Reception on November 18th 2010. 5 – 8:30 pm
November 19 th -Jan 15 th 2010


BROODWORK online series:
BROODWORK has kicked off a project series with Herman Miller’s Lifework online:

Materials & Applications (M&A), architecture and landscape research center, welcomes Gail Peter Borden and his pair of towering structures.  ‘Light Frames’ has transformed M&A’s exhibition space in Silver Lake with a hand-assembled dual layered dome, made of 1,450 linear feet of steel EMT (standard electrical conduit) that soars delicately over the courtyard.  The second enclosed structure is an inflatable vinyl ‘chapel’ that explores spatial effects such as vaulting to provide not only a place for reflection and repose, but also to invoke a feeling of exaltation.  Assembled by community participants and USC Architecture students, ‘Light Frames’ is on view daily to the public, free of charge.
OPEN DAIILY till MARCH 2011, from 10am-10pm.