June 16–September 16, 2013
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
A New Sculpturalism examines the work of thirty-eight major and emerging practices in contemporary Los Angeles architecture of the past twenty-five years. What unites this group of architects is not a drive towards a singular aesthetic, style or form but rather a relentless commitment to asking essential questions and challenging the very notion of what architecture is and can be. Their work is distinguished by innovative design, inventive use of materials, and a bold visual vocabulary. Many have deep roots in Southern California, while others have been drawn here from around the world by the magnetic lure of an un-constrained creative environment. Most have strong affiliations with the Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCI-Arc), the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California Department of Architecture. Among the earlier generation of represented architects are Frank Gehry, Thom Mayne, and Eric Owen Moss, from whose practices have emerged younger generations of architects, a number of whom are included in the exhibition.
A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. This collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together seventeen local cultural institutions from April through July for a wide-ranging look at the postwar built environment of the city as a whole, from its famous residential architecture to its vast freeway network, revealing the city's development and ongoing impact in new ways.