Pasadena City College Art Gallery
March 12, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Art Center College of Design
SuperStudio: Life Without Objects
Opening reception, Friday, March 12, 6
to 10 p.m.
Superstudio: Life Without Objects, is an exhibition
of the avant-garde Italian design group that
dominated radical thinking in design and architecture
during the late 1960s and 1970s. It appears
at Art Center College of Design's Williamson
Gallery March 13 through May 30, 2004.
The exhibition revisits Superstudio’s ideas and work through photomontages,
films, storyboards, sketches, and furniture drawn from the group’s archives
and explores Superstudio’s enduring influence on contemporary architects
and designers. Founded in Florence in 1966 by a group of radical architecture
graduates – Christiano Toraldo di Francia, Piero Frassinelli, Alessandro
and Roberto Magris, Adolfo Natalini, and Sandro Poli – Superstudio articulated
the intellectual crisis of modernism by creating alternative visions of the
future. The members of Superstudio were contemporaries of those who started
such avant-garde Italian design groups as Archizoom and Gruppo 9999.
The exhibitions opening reception will be preceded by a discussion and presentation,
Friday, March 12, 4:30pm, in Art Center’s Los Angeles Times Media Center.
Superstudio architect Gian Piero Frassinelli and exhibition co-curator William
Menking will discuss the history, philosophy, influence and relevance of Superstudio.