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Culture Trip: Edging Towards Utopia: The Legacy of Buckminster Fuller

September 19, 2018 - Amber C. Snider

One of the greatest design scientists and thinkers of the 20th century, Buckminster Fuller is often referred to as the da Vinci of the modern era. From his prefabricated housing designs to his now-ubiquitous geodesic domes and Dymaxion maps, Fuller’s work was prodigiously ahead of its time.

But perhaps more than the outcome of his inventions, it was his cross-disciplinary, collaborative approach to problem-solving that remains revolutionary. Tackling everything from transportation, ecological destruction, and affordable housing, Fuller wasn’t afraid to confront complex problems. And he certainly wasn’t afraid to fail.

Here, Edward Cella, curator of Richard Buckminster Fuller, Inventions and Models in Los Angeles, discusses the self-taught prodigy.

Anna Halprin: Body Radical at the DeYoung Museum

September 19, 2018

October 20, 2018 – October 28, 2018

Anna Halprin’s career has been exceptionally long and varied—even for an artist who turned 98 this year—and her pieces have inspired generations of other artists around the world, across many disciplines, artistic and social movements, and communities. This October we celebrate Halprin and her multidisciplinary practice by presenting a selection of performances, film screenings, workshops, and participatory events, including Planetary Dance(which has been staged in forty-six countries on six continents to date).

Halprin has consistently defied the boundaries of dance, using experiments with everyday movement and contextual shifts away from the stage to reinvent its forms, subjects, and intentions. She has pushed the medium even further as a tool to address social justice issues, connect people with one another and the environment, foster community across racial and social divides, and facilitate both physical and psychological healing. Long renowned in the dance world, Halprin is increasingly recognized as a contemporary artist who brings a pioneering approach to social and collective artistic practices. Richard Schechner, editor of TDR: The Drama Review, calls her “one of the most important and original thinkers in performance.”

This presentation’s multiple performances, workshops, and screenings together offer a glimpse into Halprin’s work, methods, and legacy, allowing reflection on her key past projects and active engagement with the continuing vitality of her work.

Please click here for event information and performance dates. 

SFMOMA Exhibition: The Sea Ranch

September 19, 2018

Distinctive architecture, uninhibited ocean views, bold supergraphics, shared open space, and meditative tranquility—these were the beginnings of the Sea Ranch, a beacon of Modernism on the Northern California coast. Designed by a small group of Bay Area architects and designers in the early 1960s, the development was envisioned as a progressive, inclusive community, guided by the idealistic principles of good design, economy of space, and harmony with the natural environment.

This exhibition brings together original sketches and drawings from the project's designers, along with archival images, photographs of the Sea Ranch today, and a full-scale architectural replica. The environmentally attentive design philosophies explored at the Sea Ranch, along with the now-iconic graphics, resonated globally and continue to influence architecture and design today.

The exhibition features works by artist and architect Lawrence Halprin. Click here for more information and tickets.

Architect's Newspaper: 5 art shows across the US that architects will love

September 13, 2018 - Drew Zeiba

The inimitable R. Buckminster Fuller, famous for his geodesic domes among many other inventions, is getting an exhibition that’s a first-of-its-kind for Los Angeles, the city he last called home. Centered largely around the limited-edition print Inventions portfolio, R. Buckminster Fuller: Inventions and Models will feature an array of prints, objects, and structural models produced in the last years of his life that highlight the radical thoughts of one of the 20th century’s most iconic architectural thinkers.

Laurie Frick's New Mural in Austin, Texas

September 13, 2018 - Katie Friel

Austin's newest public art project may not solve the city's traffic woes, but it will make the experience more beautiful. 

As part of the city's sixth annual "TEMPO 2018" temporary exhibition, local artist Laurie Frick is reimagining the Lamar Bridge Underpass, two 500-foot concrete retaining walls that stretch from West Fifth Street to Lady Bird Lake. The temporary piece marries Frick's skills as a data-driven artist with Austin's penchant for public art to create sweeping, colorful murals along both sides of Lamar Boulevard. 

Pedro Guerrero Exhibition at the New Canaan Historical Society

September 13, 2018

Pedro E. Guerrero: The Photographer of Mid-Century New Canaan opens Sept. 28 at the New Canaan Historical Society. The exhibition includes 25 of Guerrero's black and white photos, many depicting the architecture for which the town is famous, and will coincide with the Society's much anticipated MOdern House Day Tour on October 20th. A second gallery will be devoted to the life of Guerrero and his family in New Canaan during some fo the town's most tumultuous - and interesting - years. 

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BLOUIN ARTINFO: R. Buckminster Fuller Retrospective at Edward Cella Art & Architecture

September 12, 2018

Richard Buckminster Fuller’s retrospective, “Inventions and Models” is currently on view at the Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, through November 3, 2018. The exhibition gives a peek into Fuller’s perspective on the world and humanity.

Fuller (1895-1983) is considered one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th Century and his ability to think across disciplines, connecting the worlds of science, engineering, architecture, design, and art was one of his most important and lasting contributions....

KCRW: 5 Design Things to do This Week - Buckminster Fuller

September 11, 2018 - Frances Anderton

Famed for inventing the geodesic dome, R. Buckminster Fuller also re-imagined housing, transportation, mapping, engineering, and construction systems. Thirty-five years after his passing in Los Angeles, Edward Cella Art & Architecture presents R. Buckminster Fuller: Inventions and Models, an exhibition of original prints, models, and objects by the 20th-century visionary, affectionately known as Bucky Fuller.

On Saturday, Sept. 22 at 3 pm, Thomas T.K. Zung, partner of Buckminster Fuller, Sadao & Zung Architects will give illustrated talk on Fuller’s life and work. And coming up on Saturday, Oct. 13, his daughter Allegra Fuller Snyder, longtime dancer as well as founder of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, will discuss its current projects with Board President David McConville.

Culture Trip: A Modern-Day da Vinci: Buckminster Fuller Exhibition opens in Los Angeles

September 10, 2018 - Amber C. Snider

Often called the “Leonardo da Vinci of our time,” Buckminster Fuller wasn’t just an architect. As an inventor, artist and engineer, his futuristic, revolutionary designs are perhaps more relevant today than ever before. A new exhibition and the first of its kind in the Los Angeles area, Richard Buckminster Fuller: Inventions and Models at Edward Cella Art & Architecture gallery, examines some of his most important inventions and cultural contributions, including his prefabricated housing designs and Dymaxion maps.

Art Basel Cities Presents David Horvitz: Señalamiento del cielo (Signaling the Sky)

September 7, 2018

American artist David Horvitz, whose works often juxtapose man-made systems and natural phenomena, has created Señalamiento del cielo (Signaling the Sky), a series of performances that encourage public participation – especially by children – as the work is realized by the release of 200 helium balloons in each of three locations. The spontaneous route of each balloon string as it disappears into the air is an homage to the French artist Marcel Duchamp, who spent a little-known sojourn in Buenos Aires from 1918 to 1919. During this period, the godfather of conceptual art sent his sister instructions for a work he titled Unhappy Readymade: hang a geometry book on a clothesline and subject it to fluctuating weather conditions. Similarly pairing arithmetic (each balloon string is exactly one mile long) with unpredictable forces, Señalamiento del cielo (Signaling the Sky) illustrates man’s sublime futility in the face of nature. The aerial landscape produced by the balloons is a celebration of collective ritual and at the same time a rejection of the industrial city, as our eyes are drawn irresistibly toward the sky. The title is a reference to Argentinian conceptual artist Edgardo Antonio Vigo‘s Señalamientos series, which invites the public to perceive everyday objects as readymades.

This artwork has been realized with assistance from the Ministry of Ambient and Public Space of the City of Buenos Aires. Special thanks to Indura.