Everything Loose Will Land: 1970s Art and Architecture in Los Angeles

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View of “Everything Loose Will Land” , 2014 © Courtesy Graham Foundation, Chicago / Photo Robert Chase Heishman
Isle of California, 1971 , 2013 Lithograph 28 X 36 Inches © L.A. Arts Squad, Sheila Schoonhoven and Victor Henderson / Photo: Joshua White/Courtesy of Sheila Schoonhoven
Everything Loose Will Land: 1970s Art and Architecture in Los Angeles
Curated by: Sylvia Lavin

4 West Burton Place
Chicago, IL 60610
May 1st, 2014 - July 26th, 2014
Opening: May 1st, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Michigan Ave/Downtown
Wednesday to Saturday, 11AM-6PM
landscape, video-art, drawing, sculpture, photography, mixed-media, installation, performance
Free Admission


This exhibition explores the dynamic intersection of architecture and the visual arts in 1970s Los Angeles. Reframing Frank Lloyd Wright's famous quip, “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles,” the exhibition demonstrates that rather than merely abject disarray, the city’s characteristic ‘looseness’ dislodged the arts from their separate habits, realigning and ultimately redefining cultural practices and their relationship to the city.

Bringing together over 120 drawings, photographs, media works, sculpture, prototypes, models, and ephemera, the exhibition features projects by Carl Andre, Archigram, Judy Chicago, Frank Gehry, Robert Irwin, Alison Knowles, L.A. Fine Arts Squad, Leonard Koren, Morphosis, Bruce Nauman, Peter Pearce, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Paolo Soleri, Bernard Tschumi, Venturi aand Rauch with Denise Scott Brown, and many others.

Expanding on the interplay between art and architecture, sections of Everything Loose Will Land will be installed inside of Judy Ledgerwood’s immersive wall painting, Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation, which will remain on view in the first floor galleries of the Madlener House.


Sylvia Lavin is a leading figure in contemporary architectural history, theory, and criticism. Lavin is the recipient of a 2011 Arts and Letters Award, as well as previous awards from the Getty Center, the Kress Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. In addition to her most recent book, Kissing Architecture (Princeton University Press, 2011) Lavin is the author of Quatremere de Quincy and the Invention of a Modern Language of Architecture (MIT Press, 1992); Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture (MIT Press, 2005); and the forthcoming The Flash in the Pan and Other Forms of Architectural Contemporaneity (recipient of a Graham Foundation grant). She initiated a series of architectural projects for the Hammer Museum, and has been a guest curator for the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, and Ace Galleries. 


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