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Art and Open Houses

The problem with too much of LA's great architecture is that its privately owned. Thus, if you're not close personal friends with Diane Keaton, Brad Pitt or Leonardo Dicaprio (all self-professed architecture fans) or your agent refuses to have you over to his place for the sunday afternoon barbeque, its not likely you're going to be able to wander around any of the Neutras, Schindlers, Lautners or Neffs that dot LA.

However, this weekend the rarely-open-to-the-public Mackey apartments designed by R.M. Schindler are free and open for an exhibition of work by the artists-in-residence program run by the MAK Center, with an opening reception (free wine and terra chips!) Fri night and the exhibition open Sat and Sun. The multi-unit apartment building south of Olympic Blvd features private gardens, tons of built-in furniture and the rare use of color (damn those modernists love their white!). While the apartments were purchased by the MAK Center in 1995, extensive renovations means the paint is barely dry and waiting for you to run amok in other people's living rooms.

After the jump, we relax our no-events policy for a Heidi Fleiss reference.

From the MAK Center's web site:

Love After the Cold War in an Open House of a (Re) Constructed Babylon by a Popular Mechanic
March 10, 2006 - March 12, 2006

MAK Center Artists and Architects in Residence & Guests Final Projects Exhibition
Opening Reception, Friday, March 10, 7 pm - 10 pm
Exhibition, Saturday and Sunday, March 11 - 12, 12 - 6 pm
Located at the Mackey Apartments, 1137 S. Cochran Avenue

Final Projects weekend exhibition shows works incorporating Hollywood, real estate, car culture, Heidi Fleiss and guest artists.

Twice yearly, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture hosts visiting Artists and Architects in Residence who spend six months living and working in the R.M. Schindler-designed Mackey Apartments in the mid-Wilshire district. The current residents, Elena Kovylina (Russia), Grupposenza composed of Robert Huebser (Germany), David Emmer (Germany) and Benjamin Haupt (Germany), David Moises (Austria), and Sonia Leimer (Italy), — present the results of their work in LA at the Mackey Apartments, 1137 S. Cochran Avenue.

In appreciation for the hospitality they have felt from art and architecture professionals, the residents will present works by Los Angeles colleagues in the Mackey Penthouse, a guest apartment. Exhibition artists will include Jonathan Ballak, Mika Cho, Zoe Crosher, Skylar Haskard, Nicholas Kersulis, Mayumi Date, Arthur Ou, Nicola Stäglich, Melissa Tolar, Sergio Torres and Richard Wearn. Rob Faucette will perform the Heartsink Sound of Amy Radio, which will be broadcasted with an FM-sender throughout the apartments.
· Love After the Cold War [makcenter.org]