UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.
October 8 through December 14


In conjunction with two major architecture exhibitions opening this month at the UCLA Hammer Museum (“The Un-Private House,” on loan from MoMA in New York, and the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design’s locally organized “Living Dangerously”), the Hammer is hosting a three-monthlong series of free public programs to celebrate the city as design mecca, specifically the “L.A. School of Architecture” — Frank O. Gehry, Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss, Michael Rotondi and the late Frank Israel, plus a mix of emerging architects. “The curatorial aim is twofold,” says director Liz Martin, “to position L.A. architecture in its historical context, and to give local architects a sense of purpose and destiny by building on L.A.’s architectural past, our past.” The series will incorporate “courtyard talks” and “design dialogues” covering, among other topics, Latino urbanism, domesticity, fabrication, and the rock-star formalism of the L.A. school. On November 5 and 12, the museum will host self-guided tours of private L.A. homes designed by influential local architects — offering up an aesthetic time line from the 1800s to the present.

Events begin this Sunday (October 8 at 3 p.m.) with a talk by architect and metal craftsman Tom Farrage, and on Thursday (October 12 at 7 p.m.) with a dialogue between SCI-Arc director Neil M. Denari and developer Tom Gilmore. Highlights from the series include a conversation with Rem Koolhaas and Gehry, moderated by L.A. Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff (time and date to be announced; for info on this event only, call 310-443-7028); a lecture by Pierre Koenig, “Emergence of the Modern Movement” (October 22); and talks with or by architects Mayne (October 19), Moss (November 2), Rotondi (November 6) and Mark Mack (December 7). For a full listing of public programs, go to or call (310) 443-7000.

LA Weekly