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Strange Beauty: Making Sense of L.A. architecture from the 1980s and 1990s

Date
Mar 27, 2019 @ 07:00 PM
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Mar 27, 2019 @ 07:00 PM
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Free
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https://www.oxy.edu/events/strange-beauty-making-sense-la-architecture-1980s-and-1990s

(Re)Designing LA, a public-events series led by Occidental College Professor of Practice Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles’ first-ever chief design officer, will call on a broad cast of experts and activists to explore how the city can promote innovative design while addressing climate change and guarding against displacement and the erasure of neighborhood culture and history.

The city’s Office of Historic Resources has compiled an extensive database of cultural and architectural resources, known as Survey L.A. This important effort runs through the year 1980, leaving open the question of how to catalogue and protect the rich variety of architecture produced between 1980 and 2000 by such figures as Frank Gehry, Charles Moore, Franklin Israel and the pair of Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg, to name just a few. The Mayor’s Office has begun an effort to map and analyze these more recent landmarks, many of which were difficult to appreciate even when they were new because they sought to challenge traditional notions of beauty or architectural context. Exploring this body of work at MOCA’s Grand Avenue flagship — itself a classic of 1980s Los Angeles architecture designed by Arata Isozaki — will be panelists including architects Craig Hodgetts, Ming Fung, Eric Owen Moss and Jeffrey Inaba and (via Skype) critic and historian Charles Jencks, whose 1993 book Heteropolis remains one of the best studies of the L.A. architecture of this period.

(Re)Designing LA marks the fourth year of Occidental’s 3rd LA initiative, launched by Hawthorne in 2015 during his tenure as architecture critic of the Los Angeles Times. He was appointed last year as chief design officer by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The series this year will be co-sponsored by Occidental and the Mayor’s Office.

This event is free and open to the public, registration is required.

Location

Museum of Contemporary Art’s Ahmanson Auditorium
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States
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213-626-6222
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