Strange Beauty: Making Sense of L.A. Architecture from the 1980s and 1990s


Museum of Contemporary Art

Los Angeles, CA


Ming Fung and Craig Hodgetts

Date & Time:

03.27.2019 | 7:00 pm

Los Angeles’ Office of Historic Resources has compiled an extensive database of cultural and architectural resources, known as Survey L.A. This important effort runs through the year 1980, leaving open the question of how to catalogue and protect the rich variety of architecture produced between 1980 and 2000 by such figures as Frank Gehry, Charles Moore, Franklin Israel and the pair of Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg, to name just a few. The Mayor’s Office has begun an effort to map and analyze these more recent landmarks, many of which were difficult to appreciate even when they were new because they sought to challenge traditional notions of beauty or architectural context.

Join Mithun partners Ming Fung and Craig Hodgetts, and fellow architects and panelists Thom Mayne, Eric Owen Moss and Jeffrey Inaba, and (via Skype) critic and historian Charles Jencks for “Strange Beauty: Making Sense of L.A. architecture from the 1980s and 1990s,” reflections on this body of work, at MOCA’s Grand Avenue flagship—itself a classic of 1980s Los Angeles architecture. This panel is the latest offering from (Re)Designing LA—marking the 4th year of Occidental College’s 3rd LA Project–a public-events series exploring how the city can promote innovative design while addressing climate change and guarding against displacement and the erasure of neighborhood culture and history.

Date Posted: 03.27.2019