Mimi Zeiger

Critic, editor, curator and instigator.

October 4-5, 2014


Contemporary Artists and the Modern House


Architecture, Events

Panel discussion with artist Santiago Borja, critic Mimi Zeiger and curator/artist Anthony Carfello.

This two-day conference investigates the power of experimental art installations to remake the spatial and social realities of modernist house museums. The symposium responds to the curatorial shift in the maintenance of house museums, in which directors are supporting increasingly transformative art installations that both challenge and celebrate the modernist landmarks. These collaborations with artists point to alternative preservation strategies, which move away from the conservation of historic homes as static objects and instead affirm the importance of human occupation and transformation. The conference will host a series of conversations between house museum directors, curators, critics, artists and architects to reveal the curatorial motivations and artistic processes behind these interventions.

The conference will take place in several landmark modernist houses in Los Angeles, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, Rudolph Schindler’s Kings Road House (MAK Center), and the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences.

Intervention is supported by a grant from Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in collaboration with the Neutra VDL Research House, MAK Center, Hollyhock House, and Gamble House.

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