LACMA

Frank Gehry @ LACMA

Frank Gehry has revolutionized architecture’s aesthetics, social and cultural role, and relationship to the city. His pioneering work in digital technologies set in motion the practices adopted by the construction industry today. The Canadian-born, Los Angeles–based architect’s work interrogates a building’s means of expression, a process that has brought with it new methods of design and technology as well as an innovative approach to materials. Gehry’s innovation and ability to push the boundaries of architecture garnered him the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1989.

Frank Gehry presents a comprehensive examination of his extraordinary body of work from the early 1960s—he established his firm in Los Angeles in 1962—to the present, featuring over 200 drawings, many of which have never been seen publicly, and 65 models that illuminate the evolution of Gehry’s thinking. Tracing the arc of his career, the exhibition focuses on two main themes: urbanism and the development of new systems of digital design and fabrication, including his use of CATIA, a software tool used in the aeronautics and automobile industries, which allows the digital manipulation of 3-D representations. This retrospective offers an opportunity to reflect on the development of Gehry’s work and to understand the processes of one of the great architectural minds.

This exhibition is organized by the Centre Pompidou, Musee National d’Art Moderne, Paris, in association with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Eduardo Sanchez

Eduardo Sanchez, at the ripe age of 40, debuted his premier in the curation world at The Charles White Gallery, in Los Angeles with the exhibition from Bari Kumar: Remembering The Future and a selection of ancient works from LACMA’s South and Southeast Asian Art Collections.

Eduardo Sanchez, has been an educator, teaching artist and dedicated member of the staff at LACMA for many years. LACMA has an encyclopedic collection and Sanchez has had the privilege of working with most of its ancient art, with his area of focus being on the Ancient Americas, and specifically Mesoamerica. He has also created educational content for LACMA based off of their ancient Islamic Art.

Growing up here in Los Angeles he recalls even as young as adolescence having a fascination and natural draw to Art and archeology. Stating that his time at LACMA is an extended privileged education, by researching and learning about artist, artist movements, and cultures. Sanchez studied Latin American History at California State University Los Angeles, where he earned his BA, and had the value of mentoring relationships that have encouraged him to explore and expand his academic interest further. Mentor Dr. John Pohl, Art History Professor and Archeologist worked with Sanchez on a documentary archiving the conquest of Mexico for the history Chanel. And has facilitated and supported his career throughout the years. Also, Ms. Patricia Ancona has been a valuable mentor, introducing Sanchez to his first Maya Meetings in Austin, TX that included weeks of careful study and new discovery on Ancient Maya Hieroglyphics.

Sanchez is living his dream, and allows himself the pleasure of self taught artistry with print making, ceramic and illustration when he is not at the museum or at extension galleries working on educational projects. The past few years have culminated for him in the pivotal development of his curation career. Thus, we invite you to join Sanchez in with his experience in curation by stopping by Bari Kumar: Remembering The Future (Jan 30th 2015 thru June 13th 2015). It is important to note that the Charles White Gallery serves the community and this special relationship that the school has with LACMA allows for students of the school, artists, and the museum’s collections to come together. Thus is the 7th year LACMA has occupied the space and a very unique partnership has developed with the LAUSD. Through the run of the show, special art classes for the students are conducted in the back if the gallery, and there are Family Day’s with open hours for the public one Saturday per month during the show’s time at the gallery, on campus.

 

Kumar’s canvases feature desolate landscapes with fragmented imagery, words, and symbols and is inspired as much by Los Angeles, where he has lived for 30 years, as from childhood memories of growing up in rural southern India. Working with students from the school, Kumar also has included work inspired by the Indian rangoli tradition. The school’s rangoli piece will be created in colored powder, erased, and re-created by students throughout the duration of the exhibition in classes held in the back of the gallery. Born in India in 1966, Kumar is currently based in Los Angeles and the exhibition encompasses values of life, death and the after life. The mixture of Kumar’s work and ancient pieces of art gathered from South and Southeast Asia tell the tale of the past, reemerging in the future.