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MARCH 2014

EXHIBITIONS: Fri, March 14, 2014

03.14.14 - 04.20.14 | SCI-Arc Library
Opening reception: Friday, March 14, 7pm
Florencia Pita/FPmod: UMMA Table & Objects

Exhibition Discussion & Opening Reception: Friday, March 14, 7pm
Florencia Pita and SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss discuss the exhibition

SCI-Arc Library presents an installation of Florencia Pita’s work, originally curated by Museum Director Joseph Rosa for the University of Michigan Museum of Art. The installation explores the provocations and intersections of digital technology, material experimentation, and ornament in the work of Argentina-born, Los Angeles-based architect and designer. It traces the evolution of Pita’s design ideology through installation pieces, urban design, tableware, furniture, and architecture, as well as small adornments. Her boldly colored works draw from literary, art, and biological sources; employ cutting-edge architectural fabrication techniques; and cross borders of visual art, architecture, and design.

The works on view where displayed at the University of Michigan Museum of Art from January 19 to June 16, 2013, in an exhibition titled: Florencia Pita/ FPmod The Umma Table and several objects where commissioned by Museum Director Joseph Rosa for Florencia Pita's first retrospective exhibition.

Florencia Pita is an architect engaged in the practice, teaching and research of architecture at large. She is based in Los Angeles and is the principal of FPmod as well as a partner in PITA & BLOOM. She graduated in 1998 from the National University of Rosario, Argentina, School of Architecture, and was awarded the 2000 Fulbright-Fondo Nacional de las Artes Scholarship to pursue studies at Columbia University, from where she graduated in 2001 with a Masters Degree from the MSAAD Program.

Pita is a finalist (as PITA & BLOOM) in the 2014 PS1 YAP Program. She also has been recipient of two Graham Foundation Grant Award. Her work has been widely published in publications such as Log, Architecture Record, A+U, Surface Magazine, among others. Moreover her work has been exhibited in numerous museums, galleries and biennials, in institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Artist Space, MAK Museum in Vienna, 2012 Venice Biennale, etc. Her work is also part of the permanent collection of the MAK Museum in Vienna, the Art Institute of Chicago, and other private collections.

In 2013 the University of Michigan Museum of Art presented a collection of the work developed by Pita’s firm FPmod in a feature exhibition, along with an exhibition catalog. Pita is currently full time Design Faculty at SCI-Arc teaching in the Undergraduate and Graduate design studios as well as Visual Studies instructor of advanced software, and editor of SCI-Arc's Onramp publication of student work. She has been visiting professor at Pratt Institute in New York and Lund University in Sweden.

Pita’s work experience includes the offices of Greg Lynn FORM, where she participated in the World Trade Center Design Competition as part of United Architects, Eisenman Architects and Asymptote.