It is an honor to be part of The Getty Center’s significant exhibition opening this week focused on Southern California architecture. Overdrive, curated by Wim DeWitt and Christopher J. Alexander comprises almost 400 objects, including models, drawings, photographs and ephemera.
My work from the Edgemar development in Santa Monica, designed by Frank Gehry is included in this sprawling review of the influence and creativity of Southern California architecture.
Overdrive refers to the extraordinary pace and worldwide impact of L.A.’s impressive growth. The term also alludes to the fact that an engine churning at incredible speed may overheat. In the face of complicated civic, socioeconomic, and environmental challenges, L.A. has continued to recalibrate and foster bold new cycles of architectural exploration.
This groundbreaking exhibition provides an engaging view of the region’s diverse urban landscape, including its ambitious freeway network, sleek corporate towers, whimsical coffee shops, popular shopping malls, refined steel-and-glass residences, and eclectic cultural institutions. Drawings, photographs, models, films, animations, oral histories, and ephemera illustrate the complex dimensions of L.A.’s rich and often under appreciated built environment, revealing this metropolis’s global impact.
Co-organized by the Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., which celebrates Southern California’s lasting impact on modern architecture through exhibitions and programs organized by seventeen area cultural institutions from April through July 2013.