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

This Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) exhibition examines the pivotal role played by the temporary gallery held in the Venice home of architect Thom Mayne for several weeks in 1979. Los Angeles’s first gallery exclusively dedicated to architecture, the Architecture Gallery staged 10 weekly exhibitions on both young and established Los Angeles practitioners, showcasing the work of Eugene Kupper, Roland Coate Jr., Frederick Fisher, Frank Dimster, Frank O. Gehry, Peter de Bretteville, Morphosis (Thom Mayne and Michael Rotondi), Studio Works (Craig Hodgetts and Robert Mangurian) and Eric Owen Moss.

Featuring an immersive showcase of models, drawings and media, as well as important commentary from the period by Los Angeles Times critic John Dreyfuss, this SCI-Arc exhibition will provide a unique lens through which to re-examine some of Los Angeles’s most well-known architects at a pivotal moment in the development of late 20th-century architecture.

As a prelude to the Confederacy, a lecture by curator Todd Gannon will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. The opening reception takes place at 7:00pm on Friday, March 29, 2013 followed by a gallery talk with curators Todd Gannon, Ewan Branda, Andrew Zago and SCI-Arc Director Eric Moss at 7:00pm on Friday, April 5, 2013.

On Friday, June 14 to Saturday, June 15, A Confederacy of Heretics symposium will be held with keynote lectures by Thom Mayne and Coy Howard. Moderated round tables of four to six panelists, all from the generation immediately following those featured in A Confederacy of Heretics, will engage in lively discussions on the exhibition topics, while Architecture Gallery architects will be on hand in the front row as respondents.

The exhibition runs from March 29-July 7, 2013 at the SCI-Arc Gallery & Library in Los Angeles, California.

For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/sciarcheretics.

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