Obsessions In_Focus: Confrontations, Confessions and Glowing Friendships

SCI-Arc Gallery
April 19, 2019 at 6:00pm August 18, 2019 at 12:00am

Exhibition Created by Peter Noever
Curated by Betty Kassis and Peter Noever
Opening Reception: Friday, April 19 at 6pm

With manifestos by:

Raimund Abraham, Vito Acconci, Günther Domenig, Zaha Hadid, Magdalena Jetelová, Eric Owen Moss, Walter Pichler, Wolf D. Prix, Bernard Rudofsky, James Turrell, Franz West, and Lebbeus Woods

“The contemporary must be fought for!” is not only a statement of belief, but also an expression of a present that was fought for and experienced. It is a manifesto for a critical attitude toward contemporaneity in times of growing non-commitments. Obsessions in Focus is also an attempt to clarify the essence of contemporary art and architecture through a festival of contrasting positions in which each day one visionary artist or architect will be in focus.

Peter Noever is an Austrian designer, Ausstellungsmacher and curator–at–large of art, architecture and media. From 1986 to 2011 he was the artistic director and CEO of MAK—Austrian Museum of Applied Arts and Contemporary Art, Vienna/Los Angeles. 1994 he founded the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, occupying three of the most important buildings designed by architect Rudolph M. Schindler.

Obsessions In_Focus is Noever’s attempt to put a clear emphasis on the essence of contemporary art and architecture. The multi-media exhibition will feature 3-channel video projections, a physical reincarnation of a seminal exhibition and land art project of Noever’s staged in Breitenbrunn, Austria, and text-based “manifestos” by giants in the fields of art, design, and architecture including Raimund Abraham, Vito Acconci, Günther Domenig, Zaha Hadid, Magdalena Jetelová, Eric Owen Moss, Walter Pichler, Wolf D. Prix, Bernard Rudofsky, James Turrell, Franz West, and Lebbeus Woods.

Installed as a constantly evolving show, viewers are encouraged to visit the exhibition space each day for 12 days to become acquainted with the work and words of each artist and architect, as the materials and projections will be changed out daily to put the individual in focus.

Viewing Schedule:

July 3

Walter Pichler

July 4

Wolf D. Prix

July 5

Bernard Rudofsky

July 6

James Turrell

July 7

Franz West

July 8

Lebbeus Woods

July 9

Raimund Abraham

July 10

Vito Acconci

July 11

Günther Domenig

July 12

Zaha Hadid

July 13

Magdalena Jetelová

July 14

Eric Owen Moss

July 15

Walter Pichler

July 16

Wolf D. Prix

July 17

Bernard Rudofsky

July 18

James Turrell

July 19

Franz West

July 20

Lebbeus Woods

July 21

Raimund Abraham

July 22

Vito Acconci

July 23

Günther Domenig

July 24

Zaha Hadid

July 25

Magdalena Jetelová

July 26

Eric Owen Moss

July 27

Walter Pichler

July 28

Wolf D. Prix

July 29

Bernard Rudofsky

July 30

James Turrell

July 31

Franz West

August 1

Lebbeus Woods

August 2

Raimund Abraham

August 3

Vito Acconci

August 4

Günther Domenig

August 5

Zaha Hadid

August 6

Magdalena Jetelová

August 7

Eric Owen Moss

August 8

Walter Pichler

August 9

Wolf D. Prix

August 10

Bernard Rudofsky

August 11

James Turrell

August 12

Franz West

August 13

Lebbeus Woods

August 14

Raimund Abraham

August 15

Vito Acconci

August 16

Günther Domenig

August 17

Zaha Hadid

August 18

Magdalena Jetelová