Los Angeles, Hammer Museum


"The purpose of architecture is to ... create timeless, free, joyous spaces for all the activities in life," John Lautner (1911-1994) once declared. The Hammer Museum is highlighting the way in which Lautner's legacy expresses this philosophy with the first major retrospective on the American architect's work. Lautner, who was a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright, designed iconic, vibrant buildings in Los Angeles, including private residences such as Elrod House and Malin House. He is often regarded as an architect's architect due to his influence on the likes of Frank Gehry.

Curated by the architectural historian Nicholas Olsberg and the architect Frank Escher, who briefly worked with Lautner, the exhibition aims to convey the "vitality within repose" that Lautner sought to communicate. Through drawings, renderings, study models and construction photographs, it documents the way in which Lautner's ideas materialized into structures. Given that none of Lautner's houses is open to the public, the retrospective is a hit with architecture aficionados keen to learn more about his work.


July 13 through October 12, 2008
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California
T. +1 310 443 7000