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Eric Owen Moss Architects: If Not Now, When? at the SCI-Arc Gallery

May 6, 2009
by Canadian Architect

The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) Gallery is pleased to present If Not Now, When?, a new exhibition by Eric Owen Moss Architects. The exhibition is the first by Eric Owen Moss Architects at the school and is on view from May 29 through September 13, 2009.

An aluminum structure hangs from the gallery ceiling and is wrapped variously with serpentining aluminum ribbons. Below, cheap chairs are arranged in rows throughout the gallery, leaving only the area beneath the hanging structure open.  

“This exhibition re-examines the content of two projects – Fabrications and Glass Tower at La Cienega and Jefferson Boulevards in Los Angeles, currently under construction,” said Moss. “If Not Now, When? is a continued discussion of the foibles of the grid (or any other allegiance) as a governing conceptual premise in architecture.”
The installation is fabricated by SCI-Arc instructor Tom Farrage, Farrage & Co., and engineered by Matthew Melnyk, Buro Happold, under the supervision of Eric Owen Moss Architects.

Also, SCI-Arc is hosting a special discussion and exhibition review between SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss and Jeffrey Kipnis, professor of architectural design and theory at the Knowlton School of Architecture and curator of architecture/design for the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio. This conversation takes place on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 7:00pm in the SCI-Arc Gallery. Admission to this event is free.

The SCI-Arc Gallery is open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm, and is located at 960 E. 3rd Street
in Los Angeles. Admission is free.

Eric Owen Moss holds Masters Degrees in Architecture from both Harvard University and the University of California at Berkeley. His firm, Eric Owen Moss Architects was founded in 1973. The office, located in Los Angeles, is currently staffed with 25 professionals designing and constructing projects in the United States and around the world.

The firm has garnered over 80 design awards, including many from Progressive Architecture magazine and the American Institute of Architects. In 1999, Moss won the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2001, the firm won the LA/AIA Gold Medal for Design; and in 2003, Moss won the Gold Medal Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California at Berkeley. Moss was also the 2007 Arnold Brunner Memorial Prize recipient from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for  “a significant contribution to architecture as an art.”

There are 10 published monographs on the Moss office, including three by Rizzoli and one, Gnostic Architecture, by Monacelli Press. Two monographs have recently been published in Italy – Eric Owen Moss – The Uncertainty of Doing, published by Skira in 2006, and Eric Owen Moss – Provisional Paradigms, published by Marsilio in 2007. The Eric Owen Moss Construction Manual will be released this summer by AADCU in Beijing.

Moss continues to build, teach, lecture and exhibit. In 2002, the firm won two competitions in St. Petersburg, Russia, one for the New Mariinsky Theatre, the second for the redevelopment of New Holland. In 2003, Eric Owen Moss Architects won the international competition for the Queens Museum of Art in New York. In 2006, the Moss office won the City of the Future competition sponsored by the History Channel. The Moss firm has been featured regularly at the Venice Biennale, with exhibits that have included the controversial proposal for the New Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, at the Russian Pavilion in 2002, and the international competition entries for the National Library in Mexico City and the Smithsonian Institute in 2004. In 2006, the firm exhibited the Los Angeles/Culver City project in the Cities, Architecture, and Society section of the Biennale.

Eric Owen Moss first taught at SCI-Arc in 1974, and was appointed director in 2002. He has held chairs at Yale and Harvard Universities, and appointments at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

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