Architects Hodgetts + Fung Transform LACMA’s Resnick Pavilion


L.A.-based architects Craig Hodgetts and Hsin-Ming Fung are busy prepping LACMA’s Resnick Pavilion (aka the “baby Piano“) for the upcoming exhibit California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way.” The show, one of five LACMA is hosting for the Pacific Standard Time initiative, is the first major study of California midcentury modern design.

The exhibit will feature more than 300 objects, including ceramics, metalwork, textiles and furniture from that era, as well as industrial and graphic design.

Perhaps most excitingly, the firm is collaborating with the museum to build a re-creation of the living room from Charles and Ray Eames’ famous home in the Pacific Palisades.

The exhibition is divided into four major themes: “Shaping,” “Making,” “Living,” and “Selling.” According to the musuem, the four themes seem to align more or less chronologically as well, with “Shaping” focused on the work of 1930s (mostly emigre designers) such as Kem Weber, R. M. Schindler, Richard Neutra; “Making” on the post-War industrialization era heavily influenced by the defense industry; “Living” on the distinct vernacular of the California modern home; and “Selling” on the marketing of these aesthetics as the countercultural forces of the 1960s began to gain steam.


Hodgetts + Fung have worked on a number of L.A. landmarks, such as the Egyptian Theater and the Hollywood Bowl renovation, as well as a Library of Congress exhibit on the Eames. The exhibition design is meant to evoke the same sensuous lines as the pieces in the show. According to LACMA’s press release: “The design for the exhibition is inspired by California’s unique style, with lithe, sensuous lines carried throughout the installation, including the display cases and a helical construction that soars through the center of the space.” The firm is posting construction photos of the installation on Facebook, so fans can check in on the progress along the way.

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