Friends of Residential Treasures: Los Angeles

Unique in its role as a constellation of historic architectural sites and contemporary exhibition spaces, the develops local, national, and international projects exploring the intersection of art and architecture. Its programming includes exhibitions, lectures, symposia, discussions, performances, music series, publication projects, salons, architecture tours, and new work commissions.

The MaddocksBrown Foundation is a presenting sponsor of DEMO — a group exhibition scheduled for summer, 2020. Exploring the lines between demolition, transformation, and extinction, this project will engage four artists’ approaches to reckoning psychologically with the erasure of history that comes with the destruction of both iconic and vernacular architecture. In Southern California, where buildings are regularly thrown away and “touchstones of identity” can no longer be touched (in the words of architecture critic Robert Bevan), how can artists move past well-tread memorializing tendencies to suggest new critical engagement?

The Friends Of Residential Treasures: Los Angeles (FORT: LA) works to promote stronger civic identity and community cohesion among the residents of Los Angeles County by advancing scholarship and facilitating wider exploration of our architecturally significant residential homes. FORT: LA announced its first Fellowship recipient. Sian Winship will study the history of Japanese-American architects working in Los Angeles from 1945-1970, and will provide a web article, exterior photographs and “Trail map” as the results of her work. The MaddocksBrown Foundation will continue its support for FORT: LA, which hopes to launch an innovative mapping app to celebrate the Los Angeles residential architecture in 2020.