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


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Architectones, 2012
Artist: Xavier Veilhan
Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
Photo David Hartwell

Sarah Lorenzen is a registered architect, Associate Professor and Chair of the Architecture Department at Cal Poly Pomona. Since 2007 she has been the resident director of the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences. In 2004 Sarah co-founded multimedia design firm Plasmatic Concepts with partner David Hartwell. Their design practice emphasizes the use of creative communication devices to engage the public on issues related to the built environment. In 2011-2012 Sarah spent her sabbatical leave to conduct research at TU Delft in the Netherlands. Sarah grew up in Mexico City and moved to the U.S. to attend college. She did her undergraduate work at Smith College and at the Atlanta College of Art, and received a Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and a second Masters in Metropolitan Research and Design at SCI-Arc.

Bryony Roberts is an architectural designer and principal of the research and design practice Bryony Roberts Studio. Roberts earned her B.A. from Yale University and her M.Arch from Princeton University. After working in the offices of WORKac in New York and Mansilla + Tunon in Madrid, she started her own practice focusing on interventions into existing architecture. She was recently awarded a Graham Foundation Grant for the installation "Inverting Neutra" at the Neutra VDL House, and an Initiatives for Houston Grant to design transformations to existing towers in downtown Houston. In addition to design projects, Roberts guest-edited the architectural journal Log on the topic "New Ancients", and has published her writing in Log, Architectural Record, and Pidgin. She previously taught as a Wortham Teaching Fellow at the Rice School of Architecture, and currently teaches architecture at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles and at the Oslo School of Architecture in Norway.
VDL Exhibit grant:

Mark Allen is an artist, educator and curator based in Los Angeles and the founder and executive director of Machine Project. Together Machine and he have produced over 1500 events, workshops and installations. Mark is an Associate Professor of Art at Pomona College and serves on the Board of Directors of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. He received his MFA in Visual Art from the California Institute of the Arts.

Johanna Blakley, PhD, is the managing director and director of research at the Norman Lear Center, a research and public policy institute that explores the convergence of entertainment, commerce and society. Based at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, Blakley performs research on a wide variety of topics, including global entertainment, cultural diplomacy, entertainment education, celebrity culture, fashion, digital media and intellectual property law. She received a PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she taught courses on popular culture and twentieth-century literature.

Santiago Borja was born in Mexico City in 1970. He has a BS in Architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a Masters on Theory and Practice of Contemporary Art and New Media from the Université Paris 8 in France. His recent work is built on the intersection between art, architecture and ethnology. Recent projects include Fort Da / Sampler at the Neutra-VDL House in Los Angeles; In the Shadow of the Sun at the Irish Museum of Modern Art; Divan at the Freud Museum London, Décalage, at the Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City, 2009, and Halo, Pavilion Le Corbusier, Foundation Suisse, CIUP, Paris, 2008. Forthcoming projects include Sitio at Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye in Poissy France, and Chromatic Circus at LAXART in Los Angeles.
Upcoming exhibit at Barcelona Pavilion:

Edward “Ted” Bosley was appointed Director of The Gamble House in 1992. In addition to his duties there, he has published and lectured widely on the Gamble House, architects Greene and Greene (who designed the Gamble House in 1908), and the American Arts and Crafts Movement. For more than 15 years Ted has taught the historic site management class for the USC Summer Program in Heritage Conservation. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Bosley holds an undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from UCLA. While at Berkeley, he was introduced to the architecture of Greene & Greene while living in the William R. Thorsen house (1909).

Anthony Carfello

Bill Ferehawk is a documentary film director and artist. His background is originally in architecture, having worked as an architectural designer in the office of Kevin Roche, Eero Saarinen’s former architectural practice. A key subject of his work in film is architecture and urban design. His films include Lustron: The House America’s Been Waiting For (2001); Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future (2008); Aloha Buddha (2011); The Master Plan (2014); and Panama Canal Supersized (2015). His recent film Collecting Fragments, commissioned by the Wende Museum, explores the complicated relationship between collecting and history in East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Bill holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MArch from Yale University.

Julian Hoeber

Justin Jampol, executive director, founded The Wende Museum in 2002 when he was 24-years-old and a graduate student at St. Antony's College, Oxford University, England. In 1998, while serving as a researcher and editor at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, he worked under senior scholar Walter Reich, former head of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Jampol completed his MPhil in Russian and Eastern European studies in June 2003 and his DPhil in modern history in June 2011, both from Oxford University. He also attended Moscow State University, and received the Carr and Stahl Fund Grant for research in Europe and Russia. Jampol has lectured widely and published numerous articles and chapters in books about East Germany and the Cold War.

Dora Epstein Jones, Ph.D., is a theorist and teacher of architectural culture. Her work mainly focuses on the discipline of architecture, and includes interrogations on the discipline's boundaries and operations through examinations of tectonics, practice and pedagogy, as well as (generally external) concerns such as gender, sex, mobility and criticality. She holds a Ph.D. in Architectural History, Theory and Criticism and an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA. She has been a professor at SCI-Arc for the last 10 years, and is the current Coordinator of General Studies.

Patrick Mansfield

Kimberli Meyer is a curator, writer, and architect, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, at the Schindler House since 2002. Major projects include commissioning and curating the United States Presentation at the Eleventh International Biennial of Cairo (2008); initiating, co-curating, and producing How Many Billboards? Art In Stead (2010); coediting Urban Future Manifestos (2010); and co-curating and coauthoring, with Susan Morgen, the exhibition and publication Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Design (2011). She designed and construction-supervised an off-the-grid 1000-square-foot house in Baja California, Mexico, which was completed in 2008. Meyer holds a BArch from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MFA from Cal Arts.

Jorge Otero-Pailos, Associate Professor at Columbia University, is an architect, historian, and theorist specialized in experimental forms of preservation. His research and work rethinks preservation as a powerful countercultural practice that creates alternative futures for our world heritage. He is the Founder and Editor of the journal Future Anterior, the first American peer-reviewed scholarly journal to be devoted to the history theory and criticism of historic preservation. His recent book Architecture's Historical Turn: Phenomenology and the Rise of the Postmodern (2010) traces the intellectual origins of postmodern architectural theory. His current research project probes the manner in which the advent of large-scale environmental pollution changed how architects understood the nature of architecture and its history. Professor Otero-Pailos is a graduate of Cornell University and has an architecture degree and Ph.D. from M.I.T.

Francois Perrin lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He was born in Paris, France, where he earned his professional degree in Architecture. He has completed several residential, commercial and exhibition designs. Concerned with site specificity, his work is always unique to the immediate environmental context and addresses issues of local and sustainable systems. In addition to his work as a designer, he is also an educator and curator. He has organized several exhibitions including "Dialogues" and "Yves Klein-Air Architecture" at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture and "Architectones" in several locations. Perrin has taught at UCLA, Art Center College of Design, Cal Poly Pomona, Woodbury University, and Sci-Arc.

Renee Petropoulos is a contemporary artist who currently lives and works in Venice, California. Petropoulos was born in Los Angeles and received her B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1974 and then her M.A. in Photography and Video, 1977, and her M.F.A. in Studio Art, 1979- both from UCLA. Petropoulos is represented by Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Santa Monica, California and is a professor at Otis College of Art and Design in the Graduate Fine Arts, Graduate Public Practice and Graduate Graphic Design departments.

Mohamed Sharif is co-principal of Bureau for Architecture and Design and a faculty member in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA. Prior to UCLA, he taught at Otis College of Art & Design, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Cal Poly Pomona, and at Sci-Arc. Between 1997 and 2008, Sharif worked on numerous award-winning architectural projects with significant practices in the Los Angeles area, including Koning Eizenberg. He served as President of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design 2007 to 2009. Sharif received his Masters degree (1994), Post Graduate Diploma (with highest distinction - 1994) and undergraduate degrees (1993) in architecture from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Xavier Veilhan (1963) is a French artist who lives and works in Paris. His work includes photography, sculpture, film, painting and installation art. Xavier Veilhan emerged in the early 1990s as one of the leading artists of his generation. In addition to more traditional museum and gallery exhibits Veilhan has done interventions at a number of architectural landmarks, such as the Versailles Castle and Gardens (2009), Neutra VDL House (2012), Case Study House No. 21 (2012), Centre d’art de la Cité Radieuse (2013), the Sheats-Goldstein Residence (2013), Barcelona Pavilion (2014), and Melikov House (2014). Xavier Veilhan is represented by Andréhn-Schiptjenko (Stockholm), Galerie Perrotin (Paris, Honk-Kong & New York) & 313 Art Project (Seoul).

Mimi Zeiger is a Los Angeles-based journalist and critic. She covers art, architecture, urbanism and design for a number of publications including The New York Times, Domus, Dwell, and Architect, where she is a contributing editor. Zeiger is author of New Museums, Tiny Houses and Micro Green: Tiny Houses in Nature. Zeiger is editor and publisher of loud paper, a zine and blog dedicated to increasing the volume of architectural discourse. She is currently adjunct faculty in the Media Design Practices MFA program at Art Center and co-president of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. She has taught at the School of Visual Art, Art Center, Parsons New School of Design, the California College of the Arts (CCA) and at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc.)
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