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Heinz Emigholz: Architecture as Autobiography

April 1, 2008 - April 17, 2008

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Loos Ornamental, April 17

Since 1984, German filmmaker Heinz Emigholz has been working on an acclaimed series, Photography and Beyond, which consists of formally rigorous, revelatory films that examine artistic creativity. Through his films focused on the work of architects, Emigholz states, he “looks at architectural spaces that I believe have been sorely neglected by ‘architectural history.’” We present five of these salvaging studies. Three trace a history of direct influences: Rudolph M. Schindler (1887–1953) studied with Adolf Loos (1870–1933), who was influenced by Louis H. Sullivan (1856–1924). Emigholz’s cinematic “archives” of these architects’ existing buildings, with minimal commentary, provide a rare opportunity for careful contemplation and study of the space, light, and materials of architecture. “I believe that everyone perceives space differently and that art and structure arise out of the perception of these nuances,” Emigholz says. “The world reveals itself to us, and we show each other the world—not just different facets, but our different views. During peacetime, this is an endless process that deserves to be loved.”

Kathy Geritz
Film Curator

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
7:30 p.m. Goff in the Desert
Emigholz looks at the work of Kansas-born architect Bruce Goff, who used brick, wood, glass, and stone to create surprising patterns and take buildings in radical directions. Observe for yourself how Goff, and Emigholz, design and experience space.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008
7:30 p.m. Schindler’s Houses
Heinz Emigholz in Person. Emigholz depicts forty buildings by architect Rudolph Schindler, revealing Schindler’s singular vision, his acute attention to spatial relations and to the natural environment, and his captivating and idiosyncratic architectural vocabulary.

Thursday, April 17, 2008
7:00 p.m. Sullivan’s Banks
Heinz Emigholz in Person. Emigholz presents the buildings of the great American architect Louis Sullivan. With short Maillart’s Bridges.

Thursday, April 17, 2008
7:00 p.m. Sullivan’s Banks


Thursday, April 17, 2008
8:30 p.m. Loos Ornamental
Heinz Emigholz in Person. A new film meticulously reveals the architecture of Austrian modernist Adolf Loos.

Presented with the support of Goethe-Institut, San Francisco, and Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles. We are grateful to Adam Hyman, Filmforum, Los Angeles; and Konrad Steiner, kino21, for their generous assistance in presenting this tour.