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:

Friday, May 10

Bernard Rudofsky

Saturday, May 11

James Turrell

Sunday, May 12

Franz West

Monday, May 13

Lebbeus Woods

Tuesday, May 14

Raimund Abraham

Wednesday, May 15

Vito Acconci

Thursday, May 16

Günther Domenig

Friday, May 17

Zaha Hadid

Saturday, May 18

Magdalena Jetelová

Sunday, May 19

Eric Owen Moss

Monday, May 20

Walter Pichler

Tuesday, May 21

Wolf D. Prix

Wednesday, May 22

Bernard Rudofsky

Thursday, May 23

James Turrell

Friday, May 24

Franz West

Saturday, May 25

Lebbeus Woods

Sunday, May 26

Raimund Abraham

Monday, May 27

Vito Acconci

Tuesday, May 28

Günther Domenig

Wednesday, May 29

Zaha Hadid

Thursday, May 30

Magdalena Jetelová

Friday, May 31

Eric Owen Moss