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Soft Schindler: Softness as Resistance at the MAK Center08:50

Curated by Mimi Zeiger, Soft Schindler brings together contemporary artists and architects to explore questions of softness within the narrative of Pauline Schindler's history at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House. 

Designed by R.M. Schindler, the house has never been a binary. "Both/and" to its core, the house contains nearly a century of fluid, alternating domesticities: dinner parties, political debates, and love affairs. Archival photographs suggest material legacies in dialogue with Schindler's rigorous geometries: tablecloths, pillows, curtains, flower pots—ephemeral elements that like the pink paint were not preserved when the residence was restored in the 1990s in approximation of the original intentions of the architect. 
 
Soft Schindler participants, through their respective practices and presented works, show the incompleteness of binary ideas in architecture, sculpture, and design— femininity vs. masculinity, inside vs. outside, heavy vs. light, rational vs. emotional—framing such notions outmoded. Each of these practitioners makes non-conforming aesthetics and ideologies manifest in space.

Soft Schindler
October 12, 2019 – February 16, 2020

MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House
835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA 90069; Tel: (323) 651-1510
Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m.­ – 6:00 p.m.; Closed Mondays and
Tuesdays

Participants:
AGENdA agencia de arquitectura
Tanya Aguiñiga
Pedro Ignacio Alonso and Hugo Palmarola
Laurel Consuelo Broughton—WELCOMEPROJECTS
Design, Bitches
Sonja Gerdes
Bettina Hubby
Alice Lang
Leong Leong
Jorge Otero-Pailos
Anna Puigjaner—MAIO
Bryony Roberts

Curator: Mimi Zeiger
Graphic design: still room studio
Catalog: PIN-UP
Catalog contributors:
Leslie Dick
Susan Orlean

Exhibition design: Andrea Dietz
Exhibition fabrication/installation: Lauren Gideonse
Coordination and installation: Bedros Yeretzian

Tension bar design: alm project

Support provided by:
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Pasadena Art Alliance
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and
Preservation
Southern California Institute of Architecture

Special thanks to:
JF Chen
Estampamos
FilzFelt
Christopher Fraijo
Hem

Crew Credits -

Production:
Creator and Executive Producer - Hernan Diaz Alonso
Producers - Marcelyn Gow/Reza Monahan
Director - Reza Monahan
Director of Photography - Sean Morris
B Camera - Robert Moreno
C-Camera - Dillon Novak /Alex Zarth
Sound Engineer - Joe McGill

Post-Production:
Story Producer - Marcelyn Gow
Editors - Ben Neufeld/Reza Monahan

Soundtrack by: Sara Johanne and Jason Breeden

Additional Images Courtesy of MAK Center

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