This exhibition explores the dynamic intersection of architecture and the visual arts in 1970s Los Angeles. 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 merely abject disarray, the city’s characteristic ‘looseness’ dislodged the arts from their separate habits, realigning and ultimately redefining cultural practices and their relationship to the city.
Bringing together over 120 drawings, photographs, media works, sculpture, prototypes, models, and ephemera, the exhibition features projects by Carl Andre, Archigram, Judy Chicago, Frank Gehry, Robert Irwin, Alison Knowles, L.A. Fine Arts Squad, Leonard Koren, Morphosis, Bruce Nauman, Peter Pearce, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Paolo Soleri, Bernard Tschumi, Venturi aand Rauch with Denise Scott Brown, and many others.
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.
Image: Craig Hodgetts, Ecotopia, 1978. Lead pencil and magazine cut out inlay, 14 1/2 x 17 inches. Copyright Craig Hodgetts. Courtesy of Hodgetts + Fung. Photo Joshua White.