Los Angeles architects Frederick Fisher and Coy Howard will join curators Todd Gannon and Ewan Branda for a lively onstage discussion with UCLA faculty member Mohamed Sharif. The topic at hand will be the revolutionary architecture pop-up gallery that ran in Thom Mayne’s home in the summer of 1979, the subject of an exhibition running at SCI-Arc now through July 7. For the last three decades, this group of cutting-edge designers has shaped the design language of Southern California, and we check in to see what has changed and what has remained of this regional architecture.
The first show to open as part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., an initiative of The Getty, this SCI-Arc exhibition examines the pivotal role played by the temporary gallery held in the Venice home of architect Thom Mayne for several weeks in 1979. Los Angeles’ first gallery exclusively dedicated to architecture, the Architecture Gallery staged ten weekly exhibitions on both young and established Los Angeles practitioners, showcasing the work of Eugene Kupper, Roland Coate Jr., Frederick Fisher, Frank Dimster, Frank O. Gehry, Peter de Bretteville, Morphosis (Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi), Studio Works (Craig Hodgetts and Robert Mangurian), and Eric Owen Moss. A select few of those original players will join us onstage for a discussion on how the Architecture Gallery helped spawn the rebirth of architectural appreciation in L.A.