Environmental Design Art Center
Lesbian Domesticity: Catherine Opie
Pilgrimage .01 Albert Frey + His aluminum Houses
Players in Search of a Game: The River Though Downtown Conference
The Environmental Design department at Art Center was born six years ago when the College was just beginning to recognize the need for cross-pollination of disciplines. What has evolved is a program that lives very comfortably in the gray zone: where disparate elements can exist in harmony.
While her portraits of queers in the 1995 Whitney Biennial established Opie’s international reputation, she has a pointedly photographed architectural subject. Recently, she participated in the LA Forum’s “Fake Esta Te” lectures series, which investigated uses of architecture by LA artists.
A few hours out of LA is the holy grail of mid-century modern architecture, a town relatively untouched since the late sixties. Albert Frey, architect of many of Palm Springs’ best modern structures, is alive and well and looks benevolently down on his city from an aluminum and steel house on the mountain.
The River Through Downtown Conference, which took place on Saturday, February 28th, 1998 in the Central Library, was organized by the Friends of the Los Angeles River to discuss visionary proposals for the revitalization of the Los Angeles River at four sites: Taylor Yard, the confluence of the Arroyo Seco and the River, the Chinatown Yards and the Downtown/Pico Aliso section of the river.