neutraVDL
Exhibition:
Tu casa es mi casa

September 23, 2017 through January 17, 2018
Open on Saturdays from 11am-3pm and Thursdays from 6pm-9pm

Neutra VDL Research House
2300 Silver Lake Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039


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Organizational Collaborators

The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design (1987) is an independent, nonprofit organization that instigates dialogues on design and the built environment through public programming, exhibitions, and publications. Los Angeles is a catalytic place for architecture and design, offering lessons that extend globally. Our curatorial stance frames and challenges what architecture means in an evolving city.

Archivo was founded in 2012 by architect Fernando Romero and his wife Soumaya Slim as a space dedicated to collecting, exhibiting and rethinking design in its various forms. Archivo is is housed in a remarkable mid-century modern house built by artist and architect Arturo Chávez Paz, neighboring Luis Barragán’s own UNESCO World Heritage house and studio, in the traditional Tacubaya neighborhood of Mexico City.

Archivo is centred around a design study collection, consisting of over 1,500 design objects that cover a broad spectrum: from everyday objects of Mexican popular culture to limited editions and international design icons of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Beyond a simple design archive, Archivo functions as an exhibition space, a meeting place, a cultural laboratory, a forum for exchange and debate, and a key element for building knowledge and a critical approach to Mexican design.

The Neutra VDL Studio and Residences (1932-1965) of famed modernist architect Richard Neutra is owned by the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation (501(c)(3) tax exempt organization) and is under the stewardship of the College of Environmental Design (ENV) at Cal Poly Pomona. The primary mission of the College with respect to VDL is: to use the house as an educational resource for ENV students and faculty, to preserve and maintain the property, to make the house accessible to visitors through tours given by Cal Poly Pomona architecture students, and to host arts and culture programs that will strengthen the facility's mission as a community resource.

In 2010 VDL began an exhibition program, where artists/architects/writers are invited to spend time in residence and to create in-situ installations that respond to either the house, the period in which the house was built, or the history of Richard Neutra. Previous exhibitions include: Fort Da Sampler by Santiago Borja (2010), Architectones by Xavier Veilhan (2012), Inverting Neutra by Bryony Roberts (2013), Competing Utopias a collaboration between the Wende Museum and the VDL House (2014), Wet Horizons by Luis Callejas (2015), and Cornerstone by Les Frères Chapuisat (2016-17). These installations have served to reinvigorate the house and were extremely well received by the public.

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