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L.A. Architecture in Focus

As part of a greater celebration of the history of architecture throughout Southern California, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, CA, is displaying a full examination of architectural works that have become synonymous with Southern California within the past 25 years. "A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California" focuses on several architectural periods, beginning with the mid-1980s when postmodernism was becoming less of a focus in design and architects began working on ideas of form, expressionism, experimental architecture and the avant-garde. Photo Top Right: Eric Owen Moss Architects, Samitaur, Los Angeles, CA 1996. © Tom Bonner
 

  

Left Image: Ball-Nogues Studio, Yucca Crater, Installation near Twentynine Palms, CA, 2011 Photo:Scott Mayoral
Right Image: Brooks + Scarpa Architects, Bergamot Artist Lofts, Santa Monica, CA 1999. Photo: Marvin Rand

On display June 16 through Sept. 16, 2013, the exhibition also highlights the influence of Los Angeles --from its geography, demographics and socioeconomics to its unique urban landscape. Works highlighted include those by architects Frank Gehry, Franklin D. Israel, Thom Mayne, Michael Rotondi and others. Also within the exhibit, four pavilions highlight the younger architecture firms in Los Angeles, celebrating these emerging stars of new architecture. Works are shown by noted firms Arshia Mahmoodi, Atelier Manferdini, Ball-Nogues Studio, Bestor Architecture and others.
 

  

Left image: Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects, Formosa 1140, West Hollywood, CA, 2008. Courtesy of Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects © 2009 Lawrence Anderson/Esto
Right Image: Neil M. Denari Architects, Alan-Voo House, Los Angeles, CA 2007. Photo: Benny Chan


The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is located at 250 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012. To find out more or contact MOCA, visit www.moca.org

All images courtesy and with permission of MOCA
Lead Rotating Image: Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects, Formosa 1140, West Hollywood, CA 2008. Courtesy of Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects© 2009 Lawrence Anderson/Esto
Lead Article Image: Ball-Nogues Studio, Yucca Crater, Installation near Twentynine Palms, CA 2011. Photo by Scott Mayoral