Craft Contemporary and Materials & Applications have announced a five-year partnership titled “M&A x Craft Contemporary” to explore craft through art and architecture.
Every summer through 2024, Craft Contemporary will host a new architectural project curated by M&A in the museum’s courtyard. M&A will also host workshops, performances, lectures and conversations in conjunction with each installation.
Since 2003, M&A has produced more than 25 temporary, site-specific installations and held over 100 programs in Los Angeles dedicated to experimental architecture. In line with the organization’s history of transforming underutilized spaces into pocket parks, M&A will take over the use Craft Contemporary’s urban courtyard as a site of architectural experimentation and dialogue.
“This new partnership is a natural extension of Craft Contemporary’s long-standing interests in design, materials and processes,” said Suzanne Isken, executive director of Craft Contemporary. “Oftentimes, the emphasis on process and material in architecture parallels the way process and materiality are viewed in craft, as an integral component of art making and a path to bold experimentation. We view ‘M&A x Craft Contemporary’ as an opportunity to join our overlapping audiences in a larger conversation around craft.”
Each year, M&A will explore a new curatorial theme, commissioning new work by under-recognized architects, designers and artists. The first will focus on the theme of construction, highlighting the aesthetic language, material and process of that form of architecture. The installation, by the San Francisco-based architecture studio Figure, is titled “Veil Craft” and will include a series of public programs to be announced.
Craft Contemporary is located at 5814 Wilshire Blvd. For information, call (323)937-4230, or visit craftcontemporary.org.
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