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A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979

Mar 29Jul 07, 2013

  • Digital image. Image courtesy of the artist. © 1980 Ave Pildas

    Frankenboyz (Frederick Fisher, Robert Mangurian, Eric Owen Moss, Coy Howard, Craig Hodgetts, Thom Mayne, Frank Gehry), 1980, Ave Pildas. Digital image. Image courtesy of the artist. © 1980 Ave Pildas

  • Model, phase one. Courtesy Eric Owen Moss Architects. © Eric Owen Moss Architects

    Five Condominiums, 1981, Eric Owen Moss. Model, phase one. Courtesy Eric Owen Moss Architects. © Eric Owen Moss Architects

  • Ink on perforated paper. Courtesy of Morphosis Architects. © Morphosis Architects

    Stamps—Sacramento Office Building, 1979, Michael Rotondi and Thom Mayne, Morphosis Architects. Ink on perforated paper. Courtesy of Morphosis Architects. © Morphosis Architects

  • Explode axonometric, colored pencil on vellum. Collection of the architect. Photo: Josh White

    Twelve Houses at Cabo Bello, Baja California, Mexico [unbuilt] by Roland Coate, Jr.,1976. Explode axonometric, colored pencil on vellum. Collection of the architect. Photo: Josh White

  • Storyboard sketch. Colored pencil on notebook paper, mounted on Diazo print. Collection of the architect. © Studio Works, 1977

    Nicolet Island Redevelopment, Minneapolis, MN [unbuilt] by Craig Hodgetts and Robert Mangurian, Studio Works, 1977. Storyboard sketch. Colored pencil on notebook paper, mounted on Diazo print. Collection of the architect. © Studio Works, 1977

  • Excerpt from SCI-Arc lecture, Frank O. Gehry Part One, 1975. Frank Gehry presents early and lesser known retail and commercial projects completed approximately 1966-1970. Visit the SCI-Arc Media Archive for full lecture and caption, http://sma.sciarc.edu/video/frank-o-gehry-1-of-2/

  • Excerpt from SCI-Arc lecture, Did Modern Design Improve The California Lifestyle?, 1976. John Lautner, Whitney Smith, A. Quincy Jones and others in conversation. Visit the SCI-Arc Media Archive for full lecture and caption, http://sma.sciarc.edu/subclip/modern-architecture-in-los-angeles-beyond-neutra-and-schindler-design-forum-two-clip_7036/

  • Digital image. Image courtesy of the architect. © Frederick Fisher, 1976

    Solar Crematory, 1976, Frederick Fisher. Digital image. Image courtesy of the architect. © Frederick Fisher, 1976

  • Collection of the architect. © Frederick Fisher, 1978

    Relief model of interior entry, Caplin Residence, 1978, Frederick Fisher. Collection of the architect. © Frederick Fisher, 1978

SCI-Arc will examine the pivotal role played by the temporary gallery held in the Venice home of architect Thom Mayne for several weeks in 1979.  Each week the space showcased the work of an emerging architect or group, including Eugene Kupper, Roland Coate, Frederick Fisher, Frank Dimster, Frank Gehry, Peter de Bretteville, Morphosis (Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi), Studio Works (Craig Hodgetts and Robert Mangurian), and Eric Owen Moss, thus becoming a crucible for contemporary architectural culture in L.A.   The exhibitions were covered by architect Coy Howard’s weekly lectures at SCI-Arc and in unprecedented reviews by Los Angeles Times architecture critic John Dreyfuss.

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  • See also the SCI-Arc Media Archive for a rich array of documentary material on the period.