Delirious LA
January 4th, 2012

Leah Beeferman- Online Gallery

– Subtle structures

– Non-measurable objects

– Interchangeable sequences

– Events over time

– Uncertain spaces (indeterminate)

– Interference and accumulations

– Invented collisions (and their results)

– Invented events

– Transparent events

– Invisible architecture

Upcoming Los Angeles Area Events

Exhibition by Ramiro Diaz-Granados, Amorphis, SCI-Arc
Go Figure
Seeking to shift the role of the figure from a metaphorical device to a subliminal one, Go Figure promotes simultaneity in the evolution of the delineated figure by distributing cartoon and visceral features across a three-dimensional, spline based form. A delineated figure is repeated four times into two symmetrical pairs. Each pair is situated in the gallery according to different transversal regulating lines stemming from the relationship between the ground and the ceiling. One pair is centered within the space, the other is centered under one of the structural bays. Together they fill the space in a composition that confounds the legibility of each figure in favor of more sensate qualities with allusions to calligraphy and graffiti.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13th, 2011- 7pm
Friday, February 10th, 2011 7-9pm: Exhibition Discussion with Ramiro Diaz-Granados and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss
January 13th – February 26th, 2012

Lecture by Cliff Garten, SCI-Arc
Civic Material
American artist Cliff Garten is sought-after for his evocative and nuanced site-specific sculpture. Garten creates large-scale sculptures that seamlessly integrate within urban space, landscape, and infrastructure environments. His body of work has been praised for the way it utilizes light to create energy, inspires interest in public activity, and reframes a sense of place within public and private realms.
W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
January 18th, 2011- 7pm

Lecture by Jesse Reiser, UCLA
Jesse Reiser received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Cooper Union in New York and completed his Masters of Architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture, PC has built projects at a wide range of scales: from furniture design, to residential and commercial structures, up to the scale of landscape, urban design, and infrastructure. Reiser + Umemoto published the Atlas of Novel Tectonics, in 2006, and recently released the Japanese edition in 2008.
Perloff Hall, Decafé, UCLA Campus
January 20th, 2011 – 6:30pm

Lecture by Catherine Opie, UCLA
Catherine Opie lives and works in Los Angeles. Opie’s work engages with the spaces we exist in and the politics of identity. Catherine Opie’s photographs include series of portraits and American urban landscapes, ranging in format from large-scale color works to smaller black and white prints. Moving from the territory of the body to the framework of the city, Opie’s various photographic series are linked together by a conceptual framework of cultural portraiture.
Perloff Hall, Decafé, UCLA Campus
January 23rd, 2011 – 6:30pm

Lecture by Michel Rojkind, SCI-Arc
Over Stimulation
Michel Rojkind is the Founding Partner of Rojkind Arquitectos. He studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the Universidad Iberoamericana and has based his practice from Mexico City to other latitudes thriving in this creative, chaotic environment, rethinking possible interventions of architecture at a worldwide level.
W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
January 25th, 2011- 7pm

Lecutre by Federick Fisher, UCLA
Frederick Fisher leads a practice focused on art, academic institutions, and residences.  Fred received his Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College in Art and Master of Architecture from UCLA. Artist collaboration is a career long commitment. Fred was awarded the Franklin D. Israel Rome Prize in 2008.  Recent projects include the Annenberg Community Beach House, Princeton’s Sherrerd Hall and Caltech’s Annenberg Center for Information Science and Technology.
Perloff Hall, Decafé, UCLA Campus
January 30th, 2011 – 6:30pm

Lecture by Sylvia Lavin, SCI-Arc
Field Trip
Sylvia Lavin is a widely published critic and historian who received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her most recent book, Kissing Architecture, was published by Princeton University Press (2011.) Lavin has been a guest curator for the Hammer Museum, CCA and Ace Galleries and is currently working on a large scale exhibition, Fin-de-Sixties LA: From Pop to Postmodern Architecture. She is the Director of Critical Studies at UCLA and of Hi-C, a design/research group that supports architecture in the public realm. Ms. Lavin is the recipient of a 2011 Arts and Letters Award.
W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
February 1st, 2011- 7pm

Lecture by Joe Day, UCLA
Joe Day is a designer and architectural theorist in Los Angeles, where he leads Deegan-Day Design LLC and serves on the design and history/theory faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). In both his design and writing, Day examines the intersections of contemporary art, urbanism and architecture as visual disciplines. He recently contributed an additional foreword to the 2009 edition of Reyner Banham’s seminal study, Los Angeles: Architecture of the Four Ecologies (University of California Press, 2009), and in the spring of 2012, Day will teach at Yale School of Architecture as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Chair.
Perloff Hall, Decafé, UCLA Campus
February 6, 2011 – 6:30pm

Lecture by John Enright, SCI-Arc
Recent Threads
John Enright is Co-founder and Principal of the Los Angeles-based Griffin Enright Architects, with partner Margaret Griffin. His firm’s work has been extensively published nationally and internationally, and has received dozens of awards for design excellence including, local, state and national AIA Awards and The American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum. His academic research focuses on design and building technology including Building Information Modeling and new digital paradigms as applied to fabrication and construction.
W. M. Keck Lecture Hall
February 8th, 2011- 7pm

Common Places: Printing, Embroidery, and the Art of Global Mapping
Common Places features three objects from LACMA’s permanent collection which transform printed works on paper into one-of-a-kind embroideries: a seventeenth-century valance, a cigarette silks quilt, and Alighiero Boetti’s Mappa. The resulting textiles articulate contemporary aspects of global phenomena and suggest that far from being a recent development, globalization has deep historical roots that extended into the home and everyday life.
Ahmanson Building, Level 2, LACMA
February 18th, 2012-May 13th, 2012

Reflections of Mid-Century Modernism
The USC Architectural Guild invites you to a weekend experience of Reflections of Mid-Century Modernism. We welcome you to share in a truly unique weekend hosted by Dean Qingyun Ma, fully exploring, investigating, and celebrating Sunnylands, A.Q. Jones, architecture, and the value of historic preservation.
Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs
February 24-26th, 2012

Exhibit by Pedro E. Guerrero, WUHO
A Retrospective
A Retrospective presents a rare opportunity to see Guerrero’s seminal contribution to architectural photography, ranging from portraits of architects, commercial work for House & Garden Magazine, and photographs of buildings throughout the United States. Guerrero’s work for Frank Lloyd Wright is of particular importance but the exhibition also seeks to bring attention to the diversity of his long career, including his photography of the work of Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, Edward Durell Stone, and Leroy Binkley, as well as the artists Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson.
WUHO, 6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Opening: April 7th, 2012 – 7pm to 10pm (artist in conversation 6pm to 7pm)
Exhibition: April 7th through April 25th, 2012

Ongoing Los Angeles Area Events

Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design
This exhibition is the first to focus on the formidable range of architectural historian Esther McCoy’s practice, and affirm her unassailable role as a key figure in American modernism. Co-curators writer Susan Morgan and MAK Center director Kimberli Meyer have worked closely with the Esther McCoy Papers–an invaluable primary source comprised of thousands of documents and photographs–housed at the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art, as well as local archives.
MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House
Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 – 6-7 PM Curator-led exhibition walk-through / 7-9 PM Reception
Exhibition: September 28, 2011 – January 8, 2010
Saturday, October 22nd, 2011:  Esther McCoy Film Screening: An evening film screening and discussion that will include Architecture West (1950), written by Esther McCoy and directed by Erven Jourdan; and, The Dodge House, 1916 (1965), written by Esther McCoy and directed by Robert Snyder.

The Utopian City Project, Giacomo Castagnola and James Rojas
The Collaborative: A project of the Arts Council for Long Beach and The Museum of Latin American Art
Preoccupied with the idea of building an improved society, many architects throughout history have developed projects with the aim of creating the ideal city. Using Long Beach as a model, this exhibition proposes a new exercise in imagining the perfect utopian city of the future. Architect Giacomo Castagnola and Urban Planner James Rojas will collaborate to create an interactive and inhabitable model of Long Beach that will allow the visitors to propose their own ideas for the future of the city. This project will push the boundaries of the conventional architectural model, giving visitors the opportunity to view the city conceptually as well as experience it physically through the senses. By interacting, the visitor’s body becomes an integral piece of the architectural installation.
The Collaborative
421 W. Broadway Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802
October 22nd, 2011 to January 15th, 2012

Eames Designs: The Guest Host Relationship
For the first time, the words of Charles and Ray Eames will be the lens of an exhibit, enveloping the visitor in a 21st century typographic “surround”. Their philosophy of design and life will be explored through Eames’ quotes, shown graphically (as well as live on film), and complemented by the display of unexpected everyday objects, ranging from food to a keg of nails, to an inter-active digital experience.
A+D Museum
6032 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036
October 1, 2011- January 16, 2012

Under the Big Black Sun
California Art 1974-1982
Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-81 constitutes the most comprehensive survey exhibition to date to examine the exceptional fertility and diversity of art practice in California between 1974 and 1980, a unique period in American history when the political and social roles of artists, the authority of institutions, and the “objecthood” of art were all being questioned. The years bracketing the exhibition represent the ignominious departure and auspicious arrival of two presidential leaders from California: Richard Nixon (1974) and Ronald Reagan (1980), respectively.
October 1st, 2011- February 13th, 2012

Women Hold up Half the Sky
LAYER is pleased to announce the opening of its installation “Cloud” at the Skirball Cultural Center. The exhibit addresses gender equity and is based on the book Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. “Cloud” is suspended over the gallery as a tangible representation of the power of individuals coming together to effect change. Women Hold Up Half the Skyis designed to engage the public in global and local issues affecting women and girls. Like the book, the exhibition puts forth a compelling argument: when women gain access to credit, health care, and education, their communities become healthier, more prosperous, and more just.
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
October 27, 2011-March 11, 2012

California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way”
This exhibition is the first major study of California midcentury modern design. With more than 300 objects-furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, and industrial and graphic design-the exhibition examines the state’s role in shaping the material culture of the entire country. Organized into four thematic areas, the exhibition aims to elucidate the 1951 quote from émigré Greta Magnusson Grossman that California design “is not a superimposed style, but an answer to present conditions…It has developed out of our own preferences for living in a modern way.”
Resnick Pavilion LACMA
October 1, 2011 – March 25, 2012

About the LA Forum

Delirious LA Calender
This calendar is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

Become a fan of the LA Forum on Facebook
Follow the LA Forum on Twitter

Founded in 1987, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovative art, architecture, design, and urbanism that takes this city as a laboratory. The Forum plays a vital role among architecture organizations nationally and internationally by initiating, presenting, and debating architectural and urbanistic speculations about Los Angeles.

Memberships and Donations

Memberships: Membership helps sustain the Forum’s website, lectures, competitions, publications, and other events. By renewing your membership or becoming a member, you give support to the cause of architecture and design, while enjoying a stimulating year of Forum happenings. Some membership levels also receive complimentary gifts.

John Chase Memorial Fund: In memory of John Chase, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design will grant an annual award for the creation of an event or publication in his name that will tackle the urban issues he believed in by bringing new talking heads to light as critical voices of today. We are thrilled to keep the celebration of John alive with this endeavor.

LA Forum Sponsors & Contributors

Sponsors: St. Thomas the Apostle School, Blueprint, Colornet Press, and Woodbury University.

Contributors: AHBE Landscape Architects, Architects’ Newspaper, Arktura, Boffi, D+ Con Construction, Daly Genik Architects, Ehrlich Architects, Fred Fisher and Partners, Gehry Partners, Gensler, Griffin Enright Architects, House & Robertson Architects, Inc., Hinerfeld-Ward, Inc., Ilan Dei Studio, KCRW, Koning Eizenberg, LA AIA, Merry Norris Contemporary Art, Morphosis Architects, Pamela Burton & Company, Taylor & Company, Tichenor & Thorp Architects, Inc., Thornton Tomasetti, Suisman Urban Design, Osborn, SCI-Arc, Warren Techentin Architecture, Uprinting and WD Partners.