DISCO SILENCIO (Silent Disco):
“Bohemian Modern” architect Barbara Bestor is known almost as much for her pop-themed Silverlake parties as for her accessible Modern design. So her latest project, “Disco Silencio,” an exhibit at SCI-Arc, her alma mater, seems like the perfect fusion of her skills.
‘Disco Silencio, described by Bestor as “a plywood polyhedron of hedonism” that incorporates ”technologies of surface deception inspired by World War I Razzle Dazzle camouflage,” opens April 1 at Sci-Arc and will run through May 15. However, if “disco” and “silence” seem like unnatural partners, then come to Friday’s opening night party, starting at 7pm, when DJs Marge and Cathy will be spinning. Here’s what Brooke Hodge had to say about the exhibit; SCI-Arc is at 960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles 90013.
Since its founding in 1987, the LA Forum or Architecture and Urban Design has been promoting innovation and ideas in architecture through talks, tours, competitions and publications. Every year they host a fundraiser and this year’s takes place Saturday night at the St. Thomas the Apostle School, shown left, designed by Forum boardmember Margaret Griffin and her partner John Enright. Speaking of disco, you can expect full-on party fever at ForumFest, since KCRW’s Tom Schnabel is DJ-ing; I can attest from past experience that he spins sounds that will get even the most buttoned-up architects onto the dance floor.
In addition, says the Forum, “the night’s activities will include building tours led by the architects; a silent book auction featuring Forum Portfolio 2, which includes artists such as Catherine Opie, and will also include a Verner Panton chair donated by Vitra; cocktails, as well as food provided by Bling Bling Dumpling and Fruit and Flour.
April 2, 2011, 7:30-10:30. St. Thomas the Apostle School, 2632 West 15th Street, LA, CA 90006