[New Exhibit] ‘A New Sculpturalism’ at Geffen MOCA

Stopped by MOCA’s latest exhibit ‘A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California’ on its first day (museums take note: developing a quality Instagram feed is a great way for getting news about your exhibit out there).  It is definitely worth a visit.   The show provided a great look at some of the recent works by big names like Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne and Michael Maltzan, but also introduced me to some new names that I’ll be sure to keep in mind.  Due to all the sketches, mock-ups and models, it felt a little like attending a very high-class architecture school grad show.  I mean that in a good way- I love seeing the story and process behind great things.  My favorite part was the smaller side room showcasing Gehry Partners’ submission for the NAMOC bid.  An iconic national art museum being built in Beijing, Gehry’s design lost out in the finals rounds to Jean Nouvel so it was cool to be able to get an intimate look at a building that will never be realized.  This exhibit reminded me of how Los Angeles’ greatness is discovered upon a more thoughtful observation of the city. To me, the creativity that is allowed to be fostered here outweighs any negatives that result from the industry we support and the diaspora we live in.

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