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Everything Loose Will Land

Exhibition catalog for Everything Loose Will Land. The exhibition and catalog explore the cross-pollination that took place between architects and artists in Los Angeles in the 1970s, a time when the autonomy of art forms yielded to convergences, collaborations, borrowings and more.  

This 344-page, full-color publication expands upon the exhibition and features critical essays by Sylvia Lavin, Margo Handwerker, Alex Kitnick, Suzy Newbury, Peggy Phelan, and Simon Sadler; and period documents by Robert Ballard; Reyner Banham; Billy Al Bengston; Denise Scott Brown; Judy Chicago; Barry Commoner; Peter de Bretteville; Environmental Communications; Victor Gruen and Claudia Moholy Nagy; Rem Koolhaas; Leonard Koren; Jan Martin Lester; Peter Plagens; and Bernard Tschumi. The catalogue is edited by Sylvia Lavin with Kimberli Meyer, and published by Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg and distributed by D.A.P.

Designed by Colleen Corcoran and Roman Jaster.

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The Black Dahlia and Rudolph Schindler – A Blueprint for Murder by Crow

Edits, design, and illustrations by Tucker Neel
This publication accompanies the exhibition Plan your visit at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, 2013

Weaving a fascinating story of architecture, art, politics, and Hollywood intrigue, this gripping investigation explores connections between the influential architect Rudolph Schindler and the notorious unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, also known as The Black Dahlia.

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Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design

The catalog accompanies the exhibition at the MAK Center at the Schindler House, co-curated by Kimberli Meyer and Susan Morgan, that presented the life and work of Esther McCoy (1904–1989). This project–the first ever to focus on McCoy’s life and work–recognizes an American original and affirms her unassailable role as a key figure in American modernism. “No one can write about architecture in Southern California without acknowledging her as the mother of us all,” declared Reyner Banham.

The volume highlights the extraordinary range and importance of McCoy’s work: starting in the 1930s and her activist journalism focusing on Los Angeles slum clearances; her inside view of the day-to-day workings of architect Rudolph M. Schindler’s studio; her work with popular and architectural press and the rise of innovative domestic architecture; her campaign to save Irving Gill’s 1916 Dodge House; and her always incisive stories that deliver an irresistibly compelling, first-hand view of American modernism. 

The catalog is illustrated with archival images and includes essays by Meyer and Morgan and a 1984 interview with McCoy conducted by Makoto Watanabe. Sympathetic Seeing also features a special “book within a book,” a supplement tucked into the back cover, chronicling the demise of the Dodge House through letters, documents, and newspaper clippings from the Esther McCoy papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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How Many Billboards? Art In Stead

Exhibition catalog for How Many Billboards? Art In Stead, an urban exhibition that debuted 21 newly commissioned artworks by leading contemporary artists, presented simultaneously on billboards throughout Los Angeles.

This 168 page, full-color publication documents and reflects upon the exhibition and its context, and includes contributions by project initiator and MAK Center director Kimberli Meyer; co-curators Lisa Henry, Nizan Shaked, and Gloria Sutton; public art consultant Sara Daleiden; attorney and intellectual property expert Christine Steiner; curator, critic, and director of the Master of Public Art Studies Program: Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere at USC Joshua Decter; writer, artist and curator Janet Owen-Driggs; and artist and director of Freewaves Anne Bray. Photographs of the artworks in situ by architect Gerard Smulevich and photographer patricia parinejad are featured. The book was edited by C.E.O and Artistic Director of the MAK Vienna, Peter Noever, and Kimberli Meyer; published by Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg; and distributed by D.A.P.

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Urban Future Manifestos

Urban Future Manifestos includes texts by UFI fellows Marco Kusumawijaya, Urban Think Tank, Ismail Farouk, Xiangning Li, Alexia Leon, Pages (Babak Afrassiabi and Nasrin Tabatabai), and Alaa Khaled and Salwa Rashad are featured. Other contributors include Beatriz Colomina, Teddy Cruz, Dana Cuff, Keller Easterling, Gregor Eichinger, Nnamdi Elleh, ATOPIA: Jane Harrison and David Turnbull, Zvi Hecker, Gustaff Harriman Iskander, Doung Anwar Jahangeer, Bernard Khoury, Norman Klein, Herbert Lachmayer, Rick Lowe, Mehret Mandefro, Marcos Novak, Edgar Pieterse, Travis Price, Robert Ransick, Christian Reder, Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Saskia Sassen, Felicity Scott, AbdouMaliq Simone, Edward Soja, Michael Sorkin, Jonathan Tel, Tezozomoc, Ai Wei Wei, Eyal Weizman, Lebbeus Woods. Graphic design by Axel Prichard-Schmitzberger.

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Jennifer Steinkamp

United States Presentation
11th International Cairo Biennale
Full-color, English and Arabic exhibition catalogue, with an essay by Kimberli Meyer and Nizan Shaked. Designed by Gail Swanlund and Goeff Kaplan.


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