Tu casa es mi casa brings together two modernist houses in Los Angeles and Mexico City in an exhibition that sees the exchange of narrative texts, industrial objects, and installations by contemporary architects/artists, in a bid to answer questions about architectural space, mass production, and domesticity within the legacy of modernism.
Opening: Saturday, Sept. 23, 6-9 p.m.
Press Preview: Saturday, Sept. 23, 4-5:30 p.m.
Orchestrated to foster exchange, the exhibition asks three LA-based authors to write a narrative piece about the Neutra VDL House in the form of a letter to a Mexican artist/architect, who will respond with a site-specific installation at the Neutra VDL House, using work from the Archivo collection in Mexico City. Tu casa es mi casa further upends the historic relationship of production and consumption between Mexico and the United States, in which maquiladora workers labor on mass-produced objects intended for standardized domestic settings in the United States. Instead, Los Angeles writers and Mexican artists/architects become the agents of their own cultural export.
Organizational collaborators: Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, and the Neutra VDL Studio and Residences.
Funded by the Graham Foundation, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Barbara Bestor Architecture, Michael Maltzan Architects, and TEN Arquitectos.
Curated by Neutra VDL House director Sarah Lorenzen, Mario Ballesteros, Andrea Dietz, and Mimi Zeiger. The exhibition features the works of artists Frida Escobedo, Pedro&Juana, Tezontle; writers: Aris Janigian, Katya Tylevich, David Ulin; and photographer Adam Wiseman.