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View of “Everything Loose Will Land,” 2013.

“Everything Loose Will Land”

MAK Center for Art and Architecture

View of “Everything Loose Will Land,” 2013.

“Everything Loose Will Land,” curated by architectural historian Sylvia Lavin at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, was among the most compelling exhibitions in the 2013 series sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Trust, “Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.” Surveying a rich cultural moment between the political radicalisms of the 1960s and the postmodernist practices of the 1980s, the show’s strength lay in its irreducibility to a single story line and its opening up of multiple trajectories through a history it revealed to be anything but settled. Lavin made good on the kinetic shock and dislocation promised by the title, which is taken from a statement apocryphally attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright: “Tip the world on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” With works by sixty-seven artists and architects, Lavin opted for a welcome

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