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Everything Loose Will Land
Sylvia Lavin
MAY 01, 2014 - JUL 26, 2014

The Graham Foundation is pleased to present Everything Loose Will Land—an exhibition that explores the dynamic intersection of architecture and the visual arts in Los Angeles during the 1970s. Reframing Frank Lloyd Wright's famous quip, “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles,” the exhibition demonstrates that rather than cause abject disarray, the city’s characteristic ‘looseness’ dislodged the arts from their separate habits and propelled them toward four new concepts: USERS, PROCEDURES, ENVIRONMENTS, and LUMENS. This realignment ultimately transformed not only the relationship between architecture and the visual arts but precipitated a fundamental shift in their relationship to the city.

Expanding on the interplay between art and architecture, sections of Everything Loose Will Land will be installed inside of Judy Ledgerwood’s immersive wall painting, Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation, which will remain on view in the first floor galleries of the Madlener House.


Everything Loose Will Land was curated by Sylvia Lavin, Director of Critical Studies in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA. It was originally organized by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, at the Schindler House, as a part of Pacific Standard Time and traveled to Yale University, School of Architecture Gallery prior to its presentation at the Graham Foundation. Major support was provided by the Getty Foundation, with additional support from Elise Jaffe and Jeffery Brown and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (for the Yale and Chicago presentations).

Sylvia Lavin is a leading figure in contemporary architectural history, theory, and criticism. Lavin is the recipient of a 2011 Arts and Letters Award, as well as previous awards from the Getty Center, the Kress Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. In addition to her most recent book, Kissing Architecture (Princeton University Press, 2011) Lavin is the author of Quatremere de Quincy and the Invention of a Modern Language of Architecture (MIT Press, 1992); Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture (MIT Press, 2005); and the forthcoming The Flash in the Pan and Other Forms of Architectural Contemporaneity (recipient of a Graham Foundation grant). She initiated a series of architectural projects for the Hammer Museum, and has been a guest curator for the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, and Ace Galleries.


(Left Image) Environmental Communications, "1979 Catalog." 11 x 8 ½ inches. Copyright Environmental Communications. Courtesy of David Greenberg. Photo Joshua White, 2013. (Right Image) Ron Herron (Archigram), Instant City, Death Valley, 1970. Collage, ink