Discussion: The Architectonics of Larry Bell’s Glass Cube

  • Sat 22 September 2018
  • 2 pm

On the occasion of Larry Bell's first exhibition with the gallery in his hometown – ‘Larry Bell. Complete Cubes’ – join us for a discussion with faculty from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) who will explore the artist’s iconic glass cube through the lens of architecture. Joe Day and Florencia Pita, both leaders and professors in design and the history of architecture, will investigate light, space, and materiality as it relates to the cubic form and optic possibilities of glass, providing further insights into Bell’s innovative approach to sculpture and perceptual phenomena.

This event is free, however, reservations are recommended. Click here to register.

About Joe Day – History and Theory, Design Studio Faculty

Joe Day is a designer and architectural theorist in Los Angeles, where he leads Deegan-Day Design LLC and serves on the design and history/theory faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). In both his design and writing, Day examines the intersections of contemporary art, urbanism and architecture as visual disciplines. He contributed an additional foreword to the 2009 edition of Reyner Banham’s seminal study, 'Los Angeles: Architecture of the Four Ecologies' (University of California Press, 2009), and in the spring of 2012 taught at Yale School of Architecture as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Chair. Day’s recent 'Corrections & Collections: Architectures for Art and Crime' (Routledge, 2013) explores new polarities in contemporary architecture and urbanism. He serves on the Board of Trustees at SCI-Arc, and as a Director at the W.M. Keck Foundation.

About Florencia Pita - SCI-Arc Graduate Thesis Coordinator, Design Studio & Visual Studies Faculty

Florencia Pita is a partner and founder of Pita & Bloom, a design and research collaborative based in Los Angeles. She is also principal of FPmod. Pita graduated in 1998 from the National University of Rosario in Argentina, with a licensure degree. In 1999 she was awarded the 2000 Fulbright-Fondo Nacional de las Artes Scholarship to pursue studies at Columbia University, and in 2001 she received her Master's Degree from the MSAAD Program at Columbia University. Pita's work experience includes the offices of Greg Lynn FORM in Los Angeles, Eisenman Architects in New York City and Asymptote in New York City. Her independent projects have been part of several museum collections, such as MoMA, MAK Vienna, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and have been recognized through publications and awards. She currently teaches Design Studios and Visual Studies courses at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and was recently appointed Graduate Thesis Coordinator. Pita & Bloom’s work is currently on view in the exhibition The Architectural Imagination at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles.


Installation view, ‘Larry Bell. Complete Cubes’, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 2018 © Larry Bell Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Mario de Lopez

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