Madlener House

Earlier this week when I was on a walk, I stumbled upon a new building in the Gold Coast. I was walking by one of those impressive buildings in the Gold Coast when I noticed the outrageous red wall paper with gold quatrefoils on the wall inside. I looked through the window and saw these weird bubble tops, which looked like display cases. Well, it turns out that in the middle of the Gold Coast, the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Study in the Fine Arts has an exhibition space. It’s called the Madlener House where they hold exhibitions three times a year.

According to the brief blurb on the website, the house was built in 1901-02 for Albert and Elsa Madlener. They were from Chicago families that came from Germany in the 19th century. Richard E. Schmidt and designer Hugh M. G. Garden built the house. The Foundation bought it in 1963 to preserve it. Inside, it has amazing details. The interior has some amazing wooden rooms. There are fireplace accents that are organic and ornate; they look like Louis Sullivan’s work but I think he inspired the artist. There are beautiful stained glass windows in yellows and white on the way upstairs. And there is the over the top red wallpaper with golden quatrefoils. It’s an interesting combination but it did catch my eye.

It’s currently showing an exhibition called “Everything Loose Will Land” curated by Sylvia Lavin. The name of the exhibition is based on a quotation from Frank Lloyd Wright: “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” Countering his comment, the exhibition shows the new relationship between art and architecture in Los Angeles in the 1970s. I didn’t have a lot of time to spend at the exhibition but it had some interesting items. There was this amazing poster for Judy Chicago and her famous Dinner Party. There were also some works by Frank Gehry, the architect who designed the Pritzker band shell. HE did these wooden and fiberglass works in collaboration. Very interesting. And there were some interesting footage of 1970s Los Angeles that had some amazing scenes. I didn’t catch the name of the artist but he or she had a great eye. It seemed to be clips of daily life in Los Angeles like the highway or the streets. The best was footage of a car sales man walking a giant pig, a large cat, or holding a boa constrictor around his neck. I presume these clips were old footages of commercials. Unfortunately, the exhibition closes on Sunday the 26th but I’m glad to have learned about this new exhibition space in the city.

That’s all for now!



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