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10.19.07 - 12.09.07 | SCI-Arc Gallery
Michael Maltzan Architecture: Dark Side of the Moon

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Exhibition Discussion: Monday, November 19 at 7pm in the Gallery
SCI-Arc Director Eric Owen Moss in conversation with exhibitor Michael Maltzan Architecture including Michael Maltzan, Wil Carson, Sevak Karabachian, and Tim Williams.

The SCI-Arc Gallery is pleased to present, Dark Side of the Moon, a new site-specific installation by Los Angeles-based firm, Michael Maltzan Architecture. This installation introduces a new threshold in the gallery, creating a space between two worlds that provokes interaction and a simultaneous experience for, and between, those who visit.

As viewers enter the gallery, a surface descends above them, arcing across the entirety of the 1400+ square foot space and gradually bending toward the gallery floor. Expanding the role that this “fifth façade” has played in the Michael Maltzan Architecture’s recent projects, the exhibition transforms the soffit of the gallery into unique space by positioning the structure above the gallery walls rather than within them.

Above this figured space, the smooth, curving form meets visitors, encouraging them to engage the installation directly. The surface widens at its lowest points, allowing visitors to lift their head and shoulders through this threshold into a new sphere above where they discover a new space—and sometimes each other—in an unexpected, shared experience. In this way, the installation creates a moment of intense simultaneity: visitors find themselves in two spaces at once, yet neither fully in one or the other. Extending the experience of simultaneity that is so important in the practice’s work, this barrier at the center of the gallery creates a new, unified space, its curvilinear form highlighting the relationship between built form and the viewer — in a collective sense, not a singular one.

Michael Maltzan Architecture
Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. (MMA) is a full service architecture and urban design firm located in Los Angeles, California. Led by Michael Maltzan, FAIA, the practice has won numerous awards including five Progressive Architecture Awards and sixteen citations from the American Institute of Architects.

Established in 1995, MMA has designed projects including Inner-City Arts, the Feldman-Horn Center for the Arts, the Getty Information Institute Digital Laboratory, and MoMA QNS. The practice has recently completed the Kidspace Children’s Museum, Skid Row Housing’s Rainbow Apartments, the UCLA Hammer Museum Billy Wilder Theater, and Ministructure No. 16 / Book Bar in Jinhua, China. Projects currently underway include the Fresno Metropolitan Museum, the New Carver Apartments, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s new Administration and Education Complex. The practice has recently won three international competitions for the Giardini di Porta Nuova and the Pirelli RE Headquarters in Milan and the Los Angeles State Historical Park and Interpretive Centers.

The practice has been featured in publications including Architecture, Architectural Record, Architektur. Aktuell, Artforum, A+U, Domus, GA, Lotus, Phaidon Press’ 10x10, Newsweek, and The New York Times. Monographic exhibitions of the firm’s work were held at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2003 and at the Carnegie Museum's Heinz Architectural Center in 2005.

SCI-Arc gratefully acknowledges a generous gift in support of this exhibit from:
One Santa Fe

Michael Maltzan gratefully acknowledges contributions-in-kind and gifts in support of this exhibit from:
The Raymond Group
Matt Construction
One Santa Fe Apartments
Audio Command Systems
HLB Lighting Design
TMAD Taylor & Gaines
Thornton Tomasetti Engineers
Margarito Ayala Painting