Past Exhibitions & Public Programs
2003 - 2017
Staging Construction is a call for projects that explore construction as both a practice and a performance. Construction can seem a rather dry affair for a public installation. After all, logistics, staging, industry standards, manual labor are not the seductive tools of design. Yet recent attention to participatory design processes, preoccupation with industrial readymades, satirization of DIY building culture, archeology of building sites, and competitions around demolition suggest that our cultural field is attending to these unseen endeavors intrinsic to the production of architecture. Materials & Applications seeks proposals that investigate the act of construction as both an act of building and as a form of industry.Deadline January 15, 2018.
The Common Field Convening assembles 350+ arts organizers from across the country to share values, and exchange practical resources and knowledge.
Collective Correctives is a new public program presented in the form of an exercise. The exercise invites guests to present their work through the activity of collective editing. Our first guests, On/Off, is a Berlin-based architectural collective founded in 2012 as an experiment in collective practice. Using internet, meetings, emails and Skype, ON/OFF is now based in no-place and works everywhere.
M&A and 2426 SET present Scenarios and Simulated Environments, a one-day presentation by artists Kelly Loudenberg and Richard Wheeler, whose work and research focuses on simulating simulations. From violence to surveillance, their separate artistic practices investigate, re-articulate, and stage the exercises and environments that result from an increasingly militarized world in which new environments are manufactured and new genres of spaces are constructed
Los Angeles Department of City Planning's Bryan Eck and Tal Harari present the City's vision document and plans-in-progress for rezoning downtown with an emphasis on Skid Row. A special opportunity to learn more about what the City has planned so far and give input to the process.
Who does it serve and why should you care? This hands-on workshop will use games and activities that Rosten Woo has developed with The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and Dr. Pop to teach zoning fundamentals and explore the technical and ethical questions behind the laws of the land.
In this workshop, we’ll go over some of the fundamental elements, which make up our culturally and socially enforced understanding of property rights in America: property rights as ownership, the mortgage, and property taxation.
Join author, Erick Lyle, for an overview of recent radical municipalization and mutual aid projects from around the world that offer inspiration and concrete tactics that might be of use in the new anti-Trump resistance.
The purpose of the symposium is two-fold: first, to propose a sustained parallel between the contemporary architectural moment and early 19th-century landscape design; and second, to sharpen the distinctions between varieties of practice that would include picture-making as a significant component of architectural labor.
Due to a ridiculous bout of vandalism Friday night, we regret to announce that TURF: A Mini-Golf Project is closing two days early (July 30) and our finale event is postponed.
You love pop up pocket-parks and neighborhood putt-putt. You rock at mini-golf, love the smell of astroturf, and crave the sweet taste of victory. Most importantly, you care about experimental architecture in Los Angeles and want to support M&A's unique public programming.
The TURF models will travel to four local Los Angeles libraries for exhibition from March 15-April 12, 2016. Each participating library will host one workshop for all ages to explore TURF-related themes.
M&A announces the Spring Preview of TURF: A Mini-Golf Project. The Spring Preview features nine models by the winning architectural obstacles selected for installation in a public and playable mini-golf course set to open in Summer 2016.
M&A and Big City Forum presents “After Hours” a series of monthly gatherings that merge the art, design, and architecture communities of Los Angeles. After Hours invites exceptional individuals to engage in intimate conversations with a select audience.
TURF: A Mini-Golf Project asks architects, designers and artists to design a single architectural obstacle that investigates a contemporary Los Angeles condition—including topics such as drought and lawns, parking and traffic, nature and neighborhoods, housing typologies and identity—in the form of the miniature and the absurd. Both pleasure and obstacle are par for the course.
VIS-Á-VIS is a four part performance series that activates La Cage aux Folles every Saturday night in August.
This will be the record release show for Matt Kivel’s new album ‘Days of Being Wild’, coming out July 8 on WOODSIST RECORDS.
Currently on display at the University Art Museum is a retrospective of M&As body of work from 2002 – 2013, which, in an of itself, represents a nexus of some of the most progressive thinkers and makers in the fields of architecture and fine arts design in Los Angeles and beyond. To explore those who’ve helped shape our local landscape with structure, spaces, ideas and objects, we’ll be taking a tour of some of Long Beach’s historically most prominent modern architectural work.
The Kid Gets Out of the Picture is a contemporary update on the aesthetic principles of early 19th century English landscape architecture. By the early-nineteenth century, practitioners of the English picturesque had invented a catalog of objects (follys, ha-has, viewpoints) that worked to produce the pictorial effects of landscape painting within real space. Lumps, clumps, and masses made it possible, in a sense, to occupy the picture.
TURF: A Mini-Golf Project explores the meaning of terrain and territory in Los Angeles through the architecture of mini-golf. The mini-golf course becomes a playful trope of the city of Los Angeles, articulated through artificial terrains, winding territories and fantastical architecture.
Project S’More challenges the utility of the non-functional decorative skins that are prevalent in contemporary parametric architecture with a stunning yet economical confederacy of form and function.
The Superscript installation utilizes hundreds of Tyvek squares fastened to a braided stainless steel net that spans the center’s reading yard. That net is suspended from 8 dock whips, engineered to absorb the movement of the canopy and make adjustments and maintenance easy.
Eddy Sykes’ Yakuza Lou was a site-specific installation that uses the relationship between the natural and mechanical notions of landscape, to create a unique garden with pushing and folding topographic surfaces and a robot cloud that floats overhead which created a volume in constant pseudo-natural flux.
This installation hypothesizes that in zero-gravity, one can rotate (in) architecture and treat all elevations as plans – i.e., walls, ceilings and floors. Without gravity, all surfaces can be occupied. In essence, the distinctions between orthographic drawings become obsolete.
Bubbles installation is a spatially adaptable pneumatic environment at an urban scale that consists of large air-bags or “bubbles” that inflate and deflate in reaction to visitors pushing or bumping the lower inflated volume of each pair.
The Here There Be Monsters installation explores the challenges of synchronizing the aesthetics and intrinsic characteristics of natural materials into a built environment completed with the latest computer aided design tools and embedded control system technologies.
Inspired by the wrapped buildings of Christo and Jeanne-Claude and the stretch fabric interiors of Gisela Stromeyer, this facade presented a reverse unveiling of the new architecture and landscape research center, Materials & Applications.