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June 26, 2004 | Louise Roug
A proposed condominium project on Kings Road in West Hollywood that sparked protests from friends and inhabitants of the neighboring Schindler House has been unanimously approved by the West Hollywood Planning Commission. For more than a year, officials at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, which occupies the historic Rudolf M. Schindler-designed property, have fought the development, saying the complex would dwarf the seminal Modernist building.
February 28, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In today's creative scene, where art, fashion and design converge, Santa Monica fragrance designer Haley Alexander van Oosten is adding scent to the cultural mix. Collaborating with everyone from style maven/photographer Lisa Eisner and designer and artist David Wiseman to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Maxfield and Commune design, Van Oosten is making a name for herself by challenging traditional notions of fragrance. "I find commercial perfumery to be a very limited medium," says Van Oosten, whose company name, L'Oeil du Vert, means "eye of the green.
April 13, 1986
An exhibition of 14 current projects by architect Cesar Pelli will run through May 18 at the Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood. Included is material on the Pacific Design Center extension in West Hollywood, three projects in New York City and two in San Francisco. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment at other times. Admission of $3 general and $2 for students and senior citizens includes an optional tour of the Schindler House.
October 25, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Who says art and sports don't mix? On Saturday afternoon, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture will host an invitational tennis tournament at which art world and entertainment figures will compete on the newly completed Goldstein Court of the Sheats/Goldstein Residence in Beverly Crest near Beverly Hills. The event, a benefit for the MAK Center, also includes cocktails at sunset, BBQ from Baby Blues and guided tours of the historic 1963 home, designed by architect John Lautner, and its James Turrell Skyspace, "Above Horizon.
January 5, 1996
The Schindler House, a West Hollywood architectural landmark designed by Austrian architect Rudolf M. Schindler, has expanded its viewing hours and will be open Wednesday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through March 17. The house, which is undergoing a five-year restoration, was previously open only on weekends. Docent tours are still available on Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment.
February 7, 1991 | AARON BETSKY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Aaron Betsky, a Venice resident, teaches and writes extensively about architecture. He is the author of "Violated Perfection: Architecture and the Fragmentation of the Modern" (Rizzoli Books)
In the 1920s, when West Hollywood was an expanse of bean fields stretching between oil derricks to the south and the hills to the north, the area became a haven to an eclectic group of artists, poets and architects. Among them was Viennese expatriate architect Rudolf Schindler, who built a revolutionary house for himself and another couple on Kings Road.
World-renowned for its modernist design, the 1922 Schindler House in West Hollywood is about to be rescued from decay by a museum in Austria, the homeland of architect Rudolf Schindler. A $250,000 grant from Vienna's Museumangewandtekunst (MAK), or Museum of Applied Arts, will be used to restore the concrete-and-redwood landmark as a study center for experimental architecture, officials announced late Wednesday. The MAK also would provide an undisclosed amount for operating costs.
February 16, 2006 | Cindy Chang, Special to The Times
WHEN he designed his dream house, Rudolf Schindler was faced with a thorny problem. The house was to be not just for him and his wife but also for another family, the Chaces. The two couples wanted to live semi-communally, socializing and entertaining together while maintaining their privacy. There would be one garage and one kitchen, but everything else had to come in pairs: two fireplaces, two grassy patios, two open-air sleeping porches.
A neighborhood compromise has ended an international dispute about form versus functions that threatened one of Southern California's most famous houses. West Hollywood residents and an Austrian group working to preserve the 78-year-old Schindler House have agreed on a plan for the Kings Road architectural landmark to be used for meetings and special events that will help pay for its permanent maintenance.
August 29, 2005 | Josef Woodard, Special to The Times
In a company town where commercial film music was born, raised and still thrives, it can be startling and invigorating to encounter examples from the medium's experimental end. A taste from the far side unfolded at the Schindler House on Friday, the start of the two-evening program "Scores Composed for the Moving Image," closing the summer series, "sound." For Michael Webster, moving images were words on a screen, set dancing and "singing" by his keyboard.
June 18, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
"Tip the world on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles," Frank Lloyd Wright reportedly said. That looseness -- a spirit of experimentation, a refusal to be bound by convention -- will be on display June 23 when the MAK Center for Art and Achitecture hosts a tour of groundbreaking modern homes by Frank Gehry , Neil M. Denari Architects, Eric Owen Moss and artist Peter Alexander.  The tour was organized in...
May 16, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
"Everything Loose Will Land" has landed. And its timing could hardly be better. The exhibition at the MAK Center in West Hollywood, curated by UCLA architectural historian and critic Sylvia Lavin, is a wry study of the ways Los Angeles artists and architects worked with, leaned on, stole from and influenced one another in the 1970s. In a larger sense, it charts the way Southern California architects threw off the influence of establishmen Modernism and helped remake the profession in that decade.
October 26, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Some of L.A.'s best known architecture firms and artists have designed one-of-a-kind lamps to be auctioned Nov. 2 at a fund-raiser for the MAK Center in West Hollywood. Among those who designed, produced and donated their work for the event, dubbed “Light My Way, Stranger” : Ball-Nogues Studio, Cory Buckner, Ehrlich Architects, Hodgetts & Fung, Eric Owen Moss, Barbara Bestor, Dewey Ambrosino, Liz Larner and Sam Durant. All proceeds will support the nonprofit MAK Center for Art and Architecture's programming and stewardship of three dwellings by architect R.M. Schindler: the landmark 1922 Schindler House in West Hollywood, the 1939 Mackey Apartments in the Mid-Wilshire district of L.A., and the 1936 Fitzpatrick-Leland House, the Hollywood Hills West residence where the auction will be held.
December 18, 2011 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Esther McCoy is having a moment. The architecture critic and historian, who died in 1989 at age 85, is the subject of a smart Pacific Standard Time exhibition at the Schindler House in West Hollywood, building on McCoy's deep connections with Rudolph Schindler himself. The show is accompanied by a Getty-funded catalog, and early next year East of Borneo Press will publish "Piecing Together Los Angeles," an anthology of McCoy's essays on architecture. What this turn in the spotlight will make clear to the public is what every architecture critic who has spent significant time in this city already knows: It was McCoy who first gave shape to the story of modern architecture in Los Angeles.
September 26, 2011 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
With a dog at her feet and an advance copy of her book "Rin Tin Tin" on the table, Susan Orlean sips coffee in the backyard of the Los Angeles house she now calls home. In September, the New Yorker staff writer, whose book "The Orchid Thief" was the (sort of) basis for the film "Adaptation," left rural New York behind. For the next year, she, her husband and son will be calling themselves Angelenos, thanks partly to the movie-star dog and Orlean's responsibilities as a working mother. "I started being inflamed with the idea that Rin Tin Tin was a great story, but I didn't know what the story was, of course," says Orlean, who begins all her work with lively curiosity before plunging into the unknown.
February 20, 2010 | By Scarlet Cheng
A grid of blue diagonals, the profiles of two men confronting each other, a series of colorful vertical stripes with an embedded phrase -- these will be some of the enigmatic images flashing through our peripheral vision while driving in L.A. over the next six weeks. They are three of the 21 visual artists' billboards that have been going up in some of the most trafficked corridors of Los Angeles, part of a long percolating idea of Kimberli Meyer, director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House.
August 8, 2003 | Louise Roug, Times Staff Writer
A banner hanging Wednesday night across the entrance to the Schindler House in West Hollywood declared, in big red letters, "Architectural Resistance." In a courtyard beyond it, about 150 people sipped wine and listened as a developer wrangled with three architects and the executive director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, which operates the modernist landmark. The occasion for resistance?
May 9, 2003 | Louise Roug, Times Staff Writer
On Kings Road in West Hollywood, a proposed new condominium complex has strained neighbor relations across a bamboo hedge -- a commonplace scenario across the country. But in this case, the neighbor is a historic landmark, the Schindler House, and its occupants are using the "weapons" they have -- alternative ideas -- to fight the developer's plans.
February 4, 2010
All of L.A. is a "gallery" for "How Many Billboards? Art in Stead," a citywide exhibition of 21 specially commissioned billboards by artists including Kenneth Anger, Michael Asher, Kori Newkirk, Allen Ruppersberg and Susan Silton. A companion exhibition and "orientation station" will open at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House on Feb. 23, and curator-led bus tours will be available. Opens Fri. See for details.
July 28, 2009 | Josef Woodard
For 10 summers now, the unique series known as "sound." has been filling a void in the area by hosting experimental, improvisational and otherwise off-the-grid music, often in the sylvan, historic backyard setting of West Hollywood's proto-Modernist Schindler House / MAK Center. As this will be the series' final summer in this ideal garden-party setting, Saturday night's sonic soiree -- with Los Angeles-based Steve Roden and Seattle's Climax Golden Twins -- mixed atmospheric appeal and a certain bittersweet air. After the final concert here, a tribute to the late Rod Poole on Sept.
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