Arts + Culture

Exhibition at UCLA celebrates alternative, independent architectural publishing

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The contemporary alternative architectural press, edited and written by architects, artists and students, provides new and exciting platforms for commentary, criticism and research into the spaces we inhabit and the practice of architecture.
 
"ARCHIZINES," on display at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design's Perloff Gallery (map) from April 12 through May 31, highlights the resurgence of alternative and independent architectural publishing around the world.
 
The touring exhibition, curated by Elias Redstone and initiated in collaboration with the Architectural Association, now features 90 architecture magazines, fanzines and journals from more than 20 countries that provide an alternative to the established architectural press.
 
The publications, all launched after 2005, vary widely in their style and editorial agenda. However, together they make an important and often radical addition to architectural discourse and demonstrate a residual love for print matter in an age of digital media.
 
Each publication has selected one issue to be presented in the exhibition. These issues are all available to read and are presented alongside video interviews with their creators, revealing the people behind the publications and the shifting relationship between architecture and publishing today.
  
The exhibition in the Perloff Gallery is the 18th stop on a critically acclaimed world tour that has taken the display to Tokyo, Osaka, New York, London, Paris, Berlin and other architectural hubs. The "ARCHIZINES" collection, which continues to grow as more publications are discovered, is housed permanently at the National Art Library at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. The collection can be viewed at www.archizines.com.
 
FREE EVENTS RELATED TO 'ARCHIZINES'
 
The "ARCHIZINES" exhibition will be presented in the Perloff Gallery (Perloff Hall, Room 1318), which is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on campus holidays). For more information, call 310-267-4704 or visit www.aud.ucla.edu. All-day parking ($11) and short-term parking (payable at pay stations) are available in Lot 3 (enter the campus at Hilgard and Westholme avenues). 
 
Friday, April 12
6:30–8 p.m.
Panel Discussion — 'ARCHIZINES': Los Angeles
Decafe (1302 Perloff Hall)
 
Moderated by Sylvia Lavin, UCLA architecture and urban design professor and director of critical studies, this discussion will bring together architecture, art and design publishers to explore the different approaches to subversive visual culture and how this relates to architectural criticism.
 
Panelists will include Elias Redstone, curator of "ARCHIZINES"; Susan Morgan, editor of the magazine Art Papers on Design and Architecture; Thomas Lawson, dean of the School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts and editor of the online art magazine East of Borneo; John Southern, founding principal of Urban Operations; Leonard Koren, editor of Wet magazine; and Mimi Zeiger, journalist and critic.
 
 
Friday, April 12
8–9 p.m.
Opening reception for 'ARCHIZINES'
Perloff Gallery
 
 
UCLA Architecture and Urban Design (A.UD), part of UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture, pursues issues confronting contemporary architecture and urbanism through its bachelor's of arts program in architectural studies and its four advanced degree programs: the master's of architecture I, master's of architecture II, master's of arts in architecture and doctorate of philosophy in architecture. The programs' primary focus on advanced design is complemented by concentrations in technology and critical studies of architectural culture. 
 
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