Andrea Lenardin-Madden, installation detail of Looking West Facing East, project for A Little Joy of a Bungalow, part of the ongoing series, Schindler Lab, at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House, 2013-14 West Hollywood, CA. Courtesy of MAK Center/Joshua White.
Schindler Lab is an exhibition series in which artists and architects who have a particular interest in Schindler's work are invited to develop installations that help visitors understand the Schindler House in new and dynamic ways. For the second round, MAK Center presented A Little Joy of a Bungalow. Each of the three works took as its starting point (Sophie) Pauline (Gibling) Schindler and her role in the formation and life of the Schindler House. Each project in this exhibition of site-responsive works by Molly Corey, Andrea Lenardin-Maddin, and Escher GuneWardna Architecture examined the experience and historic social environment of the Schindler House in consideration of Pauline Schindler’s legacy.
Project curator Kimberli Meyer has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She holds a BArch from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and an MFA in art from California Institute of the Arts. She was the commissioner for the U. S. Presentation at the Eleventh International Cairo Biennale, has organized numerous exhibitions at the MAK Center, and was lead curator and the recipient of a 2008 Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition award for How Many Billboards? Art in Stead, an exhibition on Los Angeles billboards mounted in 2010. She co-curated, with Susan Morgan, the MAK Center's recent exhibition Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design.
Project cocurator Sara Daleiden has worked with the MAK Center on many exhibitions and projects including How Many Billboards? Art in Stead, the Urban Future Initiative, the Eleventh International Cairo Biennale with Jennifer Steinkamp, and The Gen(h)ome Project. Daleiden works as an artist, organizer, and consultant with collaborators and for projects including Being Pedestrian, Domestic Hollywood, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Los Angeles Urban Rangers, and Suzanne Lacy. She has taught at the University of Southern California, the Otis College of Art and Design, and Woodbury University. She received her master's degree in public art studies from the University of Southern California.
Unique in its role as an historic site and exhibition space, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, at the Schindler House develops local and international projects exploring the intersection of contemporary art and architecture. Acting as a "think tank" for current issues, the Center encourages exploration of practical or theoretical aspects in art and architecture by engaging the Center's places, spaces, and histories. Established in 1994, the Center is housed in the landmark R.M. Schindler House (1921-22) in West Hollywood. In addition, the Center maintains and occupies two other Schindler-designed buildings, the Mackey Apartments (1939) and the Fitzpatrick-Leland House (1936).