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"Under Construction: the Architecture of Marmol Radziner + Associates"
2003-01-28 until 2003-04-20
University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach
Long Beach, ,
USA United States of America
Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner, named the hottest young architects in Los Angeles by The New York Times Magazine, are the founding partners of Marmol Radziner + Associates: Architecture + Construction, a Santa Monica-based firm that opened 14 years ago and now employs over 80 architects, designers, and fabricators. In 2001, The Accelerated School, a recent project by Marmol Radziner + Associates, was showcased along with seven other current architectural projects in the exhibition Whats Shakin?: New Architecture in L.A. at the Geffen Contemporary and MOCAs Pacific Design Center Gallery.
Now, the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, presents the first museum show devoted exclusively to the creative output of the firm, UNDER CONSTRUCTION: The Architecture of Marmol Radziner + Associates. The exhibition provides a snapshot of recent significant projects that exemplify their design philosophy and process. It features models, computer renderings, drawings, and photographs showcasing a variety of commercial, community, and residential projects including restorations of homes by Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as furniture designed and fabricated by Marmol Radziner + Associates.
The UAM will showcase examples of such residential projects as Guttentag Studio in Santa Monica, completed in 1998; and Altamira Ranch, a 15,500 square-foot oceanside residence with detached study, guest house, and garage, currently under construction, located on a 20-acre site in Rancho Palos Verdes. Also included will be such historically significant projects as the renowned restoration of Neutras 1946 Kaufmann House in Palm Springs. The firm received particular recognition for their exhaustive research, re-creating the architect?s original vision while carefully replicating materials and details. In the commercial and community realm, the firms output will be represented by a number of recent projects such as a 40,000 square-foot renovation to a historic warehouse for TBWAChiatDay headquarters in San Francisco, which was completed in April 2001, and First Flight Child Development Center in Los Angeles.
This exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, which will include an interview with the principal architects by UAM Curator of Exhibitions Mary-Kay Lombino; descriptions of projects featured; and a critical essay by Frances Anderton, host of the radio program DnA on KCRW, West Coast architecture and design reporter for The New York Times, and author of several books on architecture. The show will travel to the Palm Springs Desert Museum July 19 through September 14, 2003. More details on the tour will follow.
Tuesday, February 18 from 12:15 - 1 pm the UAM@noon series will feature architects Ron Radziner and Leo Marmol in an exhibition walk-though and informal discussion about their work. Wednesday, March 5 from 5 - 7 pm the UAM will host a lecture with Michael Webb, Los Angeles-based architectural critic and author of Modernism Reborn: Mid-Century American Houses (Universe Books 2001). Other lectures, events, and architecture tours to be announced.
Marmol Radziner + Associates
The Accelerated School, Night View--Main Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Photo: Benny Chan