The marriage between art museums and progressive architecture can be a rocky one, but wedding bells are still very much in the air. Last week, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art chose a radical and adventurous design by celebrated Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas that will completely transform its Wilshire Boulevard site. This week, across town, the Museum of Contemporary Art is getting kudos for an important architecture show.
MOCA's survey exhibition of the work of legendary Los Angeles architect R.M. Schindler has been chosen as the best architecture or design show of 2000-01 by the American section of the International Assn. of Art Critics. The show, organized by MOCA curator Michael Darling and former curator Elizabeth Smith, showed how the Viennese-born Schindler adapted principles of Modernist design to L.A.'s landscape from the 1920s to the 1950s. It opened at MOCA in March.