• Florencia Pita/FP mod
    University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor
    Jan 19, 2013 to Jun 16, 2013
    University of Michigan-Museum of Art

Florencia Pita's UMMA Table installed, 2013, Ann Arbor, MI.

Organized by the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art (UMMA), Florencia Pita/FP mod explores the provocations and intersections of digital technology, material experimentation, femininity, and ornament in the work of the work of Argentina-born, Los Angeles-based architect and designer Florencia Pita. The exhibition, on view at UMMA from January 19 to June 16, 2013, and its related publication trace the evolution of Pita's design ideology through installation pieces, urban design, tableware, furniture, and architecture, as well as small adornments. Pita's boldly colored works draw from literary, art, and biological sources; employ cutting-edge architectural fabrication techniques; and cross borders of visual art, architecture, and design. Public programming complements the exhibition and invites audiences to examine architecture not just as "building," but as an act of invention that pushes the boundaries of thinking about contemporary architecture and design.

Florencia Pita is principal of FP mod a collaborative practice that thrives on the use of digital technology in design and production and focuses on the underlying mechanisms of overlaying forms. Born in Argentina, Pita received her architecture degree from the National University of Rosario’s School of Architecture in 1998. In 1999, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue studies at Columbia University, where she received her MSAAD in 2001. Her work has been published in Architectural Record, ArtSlant, and Log, among others. She participated in the World Trade Center Site Design Competition as a member of United Architects and the Ark of the World project as a member of Greg Lynn FORM. She has worked as project designer in the offices of Peter Eisenman, and at Asymptote. She is currently on the design faculty at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, and a visiting faculty member at Lund University, Sweden.

Joseph Rosa is curator and author for Florencia Pita/FP mod. Director of the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art since July 2010, Rosa has curated over forty-five exhibitions on contemporary architecture and design and authored fifteen books. He was formerly John H. Bryan Curatorial Chair of Architecture and Design, Art Institute of Chicago; Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design, SFMoMA; curator of architecture, Carnegie Museum of Art; chief curator, National Building Museum; and director, Columbia Architecture Galleries. Rosa received his BArch from the Pratt Institute and an MS from Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Founded in 1946, the University of Michigan’s Museum of Art reaches nearly a quarter of a million visitors onsite annually with exhibitions and programs that bring together art and contemporary culture, scholarship and accessibility, and tradition and innovation. UMMA is located at the heart of one of the world's finest public research universities. It partners with a dynamic range of scholars on the U-M campus and around the globe to create projects that positions works of art within multiple contexts to challenge and engage a dynamic University community and southeastern Michigan region. UMMA's encyclopedic collections, thought-provoking exhibitions, and nearly 400 public programs each year draw an exceptionally diverse audience. UMMA been recognized by the New York Times as being "in the forefront" among university art museums creating innovative, multidisciplinary projects.