MOCA architecture show opening pushed back to June 16

An architecture exhibition hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art will go on, but its opening will be delayed by two weeks.
(Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)

The Museum of Contemporary Art released a statement Friday saying it has moved back the opening date of its show about contemporary Los Angeles architecture, part of the Getty’s “Pacific Standard Time Presents” initiative, by two weeks, to June 16.

The guest curator, Christopher Mount, had raised concerns about the show earlier this month, saying it would not be ready to open on schedule and wondering if it might be canceled. It had been scheduled to open June 2.

“MOCA will present its exhibition on contemporary architecture from Southern California, ‘A New Sculpturalism,’ opening June 16, 2013 at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA as part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.,” the statement read.



“The museum is excited to bring the architecture community in Los Angeles together in recognition of the world-class architecture that has been and continues to be conceived in the city by some of the most renowned and emerging firms and practitioners working today.”

Among the show’s problems was that architect Frank Gehry, whose work was to play a central role in the exhibition, withdrew, saying he had concerns about how his work was going to be positioned and explained.

“I didn’t feel comfortable in it,” Gehry told The Times. “It didn’t seem to be a scholarly, well-organized show.”

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