Creative Site Activation - Frederick Fisher, Lewis MacAdams & Helen Lessick
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
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Creative Site Activation; artists, architects and activists making places
In this panel discussion with architect Frederick Fisher and LA River activist Lewis MacAdams, moderated by Lessick, the discussion covers public places, public sites and artistic actions. After a talk with each featured speaker, all are welcome to join in the discussion.
Frederick Fisher, AIA, FAAR, Principal, Frederick Fisher and Partners: Driven to create fulfilling environments, Frederick Fisher approaches architecture as a collaborative process. Fisher gained stature in the art and academic worlds by designing exceptional spaces for the practice and exhibition of art, as well as for intense, interdisciplinary study. Recognition of his legacy of design excellence is reflected in his selection as the 2013 Gold Medal recipient by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the highest honor awarded by each chapter. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, where he combined his passions for art and architecture in the exploration of museum meaning and design. A registered architect since 1978, Fisher received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College in Art and Art History and a Master’s of Architecture from UCLA. He was Chairman of the Environmental Design Department at Otis College of Art & Design for seven years, is currently Chairman of the Board of Governors, and is also on the Board of Councilors at USC School of Architecture. As founder of FFP, he directs a practice that prides itself on architecture that is responsive, realistic, responsible, and revelatory. “If you make something that brings people pleasure and fulfillment,” he says, “then you’ve done your job as an architect.”
Lewis MacAdams is a poet, journalist and political activist. He has published poetry books, works on tape, and is represented in many poetry anthologies. As a journalist MacAdams has been a contributing editor of the L.A. Weekly and written on culture and ecology for Rolling Stone, L.A. Times, and Los Angeles Magazine. As an activist MacAdams cofounded Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) in 1985 and has served as Chair on their Board of Directors and remains a visible spokesperson. MacAdams has characterized FoLAR as a "40 year art work" to bring the Los Angeles River back to life. Among FoLAR’s many projects are an annual river clean-up, the "Gran Limpieza," and the 2014 educational vehicle initiative.
Helen Lessick is a conceptual artist, author, and public art consultant who is spending her time as the 2014 Writer in Residence finishing a project called a "Field Guide to Time," writing three essays on art in the public sphere, and leading two discussion groups about art and community as well as a proposal writing workshop for artists. Born and raised near Philadelphia, Helen headed west for her education. She travels widely to write, research, make art in public, participate in the founding of artist-run organizations and work in nonprofit and municipal cultural programs. Her practice is based in Los Angeles. More info at lessick.net.
The Beach House is pleased to present Helen Lessick as 2014 Writer in Residence. She is working onsite through March 17, 2014. Helen holds public office hours every Monday and Saturday from 11am-1pm - ask at Guest Services for Helen's location. If you are an artist or arts administrator you may find her extensive experience in the fields of public art, grantseeking and arts engagement to be of great interest! Helen will welcome questions in person during office hours and online on the Beach House Artist in Residence Blog.
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Getting Here: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway. Enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light.
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