Contemporary Artists and the Modern House

Conference on Saturday October 4th and Sunday October 5th, 2014
At the MAK Center, Neutra VDL House, and Hollyhock House, Los Angeles


More About the Intervention Conference

Fort/Da, 2010 by Santiago Borja
Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
Photo Santiago Borja
(all events are free, but require reservation)

Saturday October 4th, 2014
A) Morning Panels, 10am-1pm
B) Afternoon Panels, 1pm-5pm
C) Evening Reception, 6pm-8pm

Sunday October 5th, 2014
D) Keynote and Closing Panels, 2-6pm

Associated Activities October 2-5th 2014

Saturday October 4th, 2014 | Morning
A) Morning Panels
Saturday October 4th, 10am-1pm
Location: Schindler’s Kings Road House / MAK Center
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Reserve Space for Saturday Morning Panels at the MAK Center

Panel A1
Justin Jampol, Director Wende Museum, Los Angeles
Dora Jones, Critic/Faculty at Sci-Arc, Los Angeles
Bill Ferehawk, Filmaker, Los Angeles
Sarah Lorenzen, Director Neutra VDL House / Chair at Cal Poly Pomona, Los Angeles
Patrick Mansfield, Curator Wende Museum, Los Angeles

In response to the recent “Competing Utopias” exhibition at the Neutra VDL House, Dora Jones talks with curators Justin Jampol, Bill Ferehawk, Sarah Lorenzen and Patrick Mansfield about how DDR relics from the Wende Museum destabilized the “authentic” experience of the VDL House. The curators placed the possessions of a fictional East German family throughout the VDL thereby confusing the perception of capitalist and communist, real and fictional domestic spaces.
Graham Foundation Grant.

Panel A2
Santiago Borja, Artist, Mexico City
Anthony Carafello, Artist/Curator, Los Angeles
Mimi Zeiger, Critic/Editor/Curator, Los Angeles

The artist Santiago Borja speaks with critic Mimi Zeiger and curator/artist Anthony Carfello about his many interventions into iconic modernist houses, including the Neutra VDL House, the Villa Savoye, and the Casa Luis Barragan. Employing weaving, patterning, and incongruous geometry, Borja’s installations both respond to and contradict the modernist spaces that they inhabit.

Saturday October 4th, 2014 | Afternoon
B) Afternoon Panels Saturday October 4th, 1pm-5pm
Location: Schindler’s Kings Road House / MAK Center
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Reserve Space for Saturday Afternoon Panels at the MAK Center

Panel B1
Julian Hoeber, Artist, Los Angeles
Kimberli Meyer, Director MAK Center / Curator, Los Angeles
Renee Petropoulos, Artist, Los Angeles
Mohammed Sharif, Architect/Critic/Faculty at UCLA

A selection of realized and unrealized projects will be presented by Kimberli Meyer, Renee Petropoulos, and Julian Hoeber. A discussion will be led by Mohammed Sharif exploring notions of interpretation and the boundaries of site-specific artistic projects in a landmark work of architecture.

Panel B2
Jorge Otero-Pailos, Artist/Curator/ Faculty at Columbia GSAP, New York
Bryony Roberts, Artist/ Architect/Faculty at Sci-Arc

Discussing the emergence of experimental preservation and its implication for house museums, the artist, architect and historian Jorge Otero-Pailos talks with artist/architect Bryony Roberts about her installation at the Neutra VDL House titled “Inverting Neutra.” Otero-Pailos and Roberts discuss how the intersection of conceptual art and historic landmarks can expand the fields of both architecture and preservation.

Panel B3
Mark Allen, Machine Project, Los Angeles
Ted Bosley, Director Gamble House, Pasadena
Johanna Blakley, Deputy Director of the Norman Lear Center, Los Angeles

Addressing the role of social practice in animating house museums, the artist and director of Machine Project Mark Allen talks about his transformation of the Gamble House with director/curator Ted Bosley and critic Johanna Blakley. Machine Project’s multiple installations and performances at the Gamble House take place concurrently with the conference, activating the landmark site with playful irreverence.

Saturday October 4th, 2014 | Evening
C) Evening Reception
Saturday October 4th, 6pm – 8pm
Location: Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
2300 Silver Lake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Free Street Parking

Reserve Space for Saturday Evening Reception at the Neutra VDL House

Sunday October 5th, 2014 | Afternoon
D) Keynote and Closing Panels Sunday October 5th, 2-6pm
Location: Hollyhock House Gallery Theater
4800 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Reserve Space for Sunday Panels and Keynote at the Hollyhock House

Panel D1
Francois Perrin, Architect/Curator, Los Angeles
Xavier Veilhan, Artist, Paris

The lauded artist Xavier Veilhan presents his installations at notable landmarks such as the Neutra VDL House, Case Study 21 House, Lautner’s Sheats Goldstein House, the Melikov House, and Versailles. Curator Francois Perrin and Veilhan discuss their project Architectones, a series of site-specific interventions at Modernist landmarks across the globe, and the emergence of a biographical response to these spaces.

Jorge Otero-Pailos, Artist/Curator/ Faculty at Columbia GSAP, New York
Jorge Otero-Pailos has spearheaded the discourse and practice of experimental preservation through his subversive installations in landmark architecture, his founding of the journal Future Anterior, and his professorship at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. In his fluid integration of art practice, architecture, preservation, and scholarship, Otero-Pailos models an alternative form of practice that fosters creativity in historic preservation.

Conversation with various artists and critics from the Saturday panels

Associated Activities October 2-5th 2014

Opening Exhibit
Location: Mackey Apartments
Date/Time: Friday, October 3rd

The Machine Project Field Guide to The Gamble House
Location: The Gamble House
Date/Time: Thursday, October 2nd, 8pm-10pm
Date/Time: Sunday, October 5th (free to kids 17 and under)
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