Frederick Fisher, Robert Mangurian, Eric Owen Moss, Coy Howard, Craig Hodgetts, Thom Mayne, and Frank Gehry at Venice Beach, 1980. ©1980 Ave Pildas.
The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) presents A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979, an exhibition, catalog, and symposium produced in conjunction with the Getty Research Institute's Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990, a follow-up to Pacific Standard Time, scheduled to open spring 2013. Exploring a pivotal moment in the history of Los Angeles architecture, this SCI-Arc-curated programming examines the exhibitions, lectures, and reviews surrounding the Architecture Gallery, originally located at the Venice, California home of Pritzker Prize–winning architect and SCI-Arc founder Thom Mayne. In existence for just ten weeks, from October to December 1979, this pop-up gallery featured new work by then-emerging architects Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss, Studio Works (Craig Hodgetts and Robert Mangurian), Eugene Kupper, Roland Coate, Frederick Fisher, Frank Dimster, Peter de Bretteville and Morphosis (Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi).
Curated by SCI-Arc design faculty and cultural studies coordinator Todd Gannon, A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979 features early work by renowned architects Frank Gehry, Eric Owen Moss, Craig Hodgetts, Robert Mangurian, Eugene Kupper, Roland Coate, Frederick Fisher, Frank Dimster, Peter de Bretteville, Thom Mayne, and Michael Rotondi, as well as other influential voices of the time, such as Ray Kappe and Charles Jencks. The group's original drawings, models, and video recordings will be accompanied by commentary from the period by Los Angeles Times–critic John Dreyfuss, and photographic documentation by Mary Frampton, one of the Los Angeles Times's first female photographers.
Project collaborators for A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979 include Todd Gannon; exhibition designer and design faculty Andrew Zago; cocurator Ewan Branda, assistant professor at Woodbury School of Architecture; interpretative media consultant Rebeca Méndez, professor at UCLA’s School of Design and Media Arts; and SCI-Arc’s Kappe Library manager Kevin McMahon.
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