Mimi Zeiger

Critic, editor, curator and instigator.

Ever since the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. kicked off in April and continued all spring and summer with nearly a dozen exhibitions and dozens more programs and events across Los Angeles institutions, there’s been a conversational buzz. At openings, on panel discussions, and in reviews those murmurs have been less about celebrating any particularly iconic buildings in the city and more about the dialogues, blurred boundaries, and differences between art and architecture. Read More …

The internet gets blamed for a lot of things, our current crisis of criticism being just one of its victims. The explosion of free content, the rise of unpaid bloggers, a diffuse democracy of likes and retweets, has surely weakened the authority of traditional critics. But in this new landscape Mimi Zeiger sees a host of new possibilities for architectural debate. Explaining her notion of ‘collective criticism’, she shows how platforms like Twitter can help build momentum on critical issues that often fall through the cracks of the pressroom floor.

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To mark the launch of the exhibition Archizines in Los Angeles, a discussion moderated by Sylvia Lavin, UCLA architecture and urban design professor and director of critical studies and M.A./Ph.D programs, will bring together architecture, art and design publishers to explore the different approaches to subversive visual culture and how this relates to architectural criticism.

Panelists include:
Elias Redstone, curator of “ARCHIZINES”
Susan Morgan, editor of “Art Papers on Design and Architecture” magazine
Thomas Lawson, dean of the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts and editor of the online art magazine East of Borneo
Jonah Rowen, founding editor of Project
John Southern, founding principal of Urban Operations
Leonard Koren, editor of Wet magazine
Mimi Zeiger, journalist and critic

Exhibition Opening: 8 – 9 pm
Perloff Gallery, Perloff Hall
UCLA A.UD is delighted to host the critically acclaimed international exhibition ARCHIZINES in the Perloff Gallery, the 18th stop on the world tour that has taken in cities from Tokyo and Osaka to New York, London, Paris, and Berlin.

ARCHIZINES celebrates the resurgence of alternative and independent architectural publishing around the world. The touring exhibition, curated by Elias Redstone and initiated in collaboration with the Architectural Association, now features 90 architecture magazines, fanzines and journals from over twenty countries that provide an alternative to the established architectural press. Edited by architects, artists and students, these publications provide new platforms for commentary, criticism and research into the spaces we inhabit and the practice of architecture.

The publications, all launched after 2005, vary in their style and approach to editing architecture. However, together they make an important and often radical addition to architectural discourse and demonstrate a residual love for print matter in the digital age. Each publication has selected one issue to be presented in the exhibition. These are all available to read alongside video interviews with their creators, revealing the people behind the publications and the shifting relationship between architecture and publishing today.

The ARCHIZINES collection continues to grow as more publications are discovered, and the full collection is being transferred to the National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.