FRANK GEHRY AT LACMA: WALK THROUGH THE MIND OF AN ARCHITECTURAL GENIUS

Have you ever walked by the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown LA and wondered what went into the making of such an imaginative building? The Frank Gehry exhibit at LACMA will provide people like you and me the opportunity to understand the design processes behind some of the most innovative structures around the world.

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The Jazz Bakery is one of Gehry’s current projects for Culver City, CA

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Jazz Bakery, theater model, 2011-present



The layout of the exhibit takes viewers on a journey through Gehry’s extraordinary career, beginning in the 1960s to the present. From sketches to 3D models, and video commentaries, it was like getting an inside look into one of the greatest architectural minds of our time. I found it remarkable how Gehry’s sketches, that literally resemble a toddler’s scribbles, could transform into such amazing structures.  

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A series of Frank Gehry sketches

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Frank Gehry begins his design process with rough sketches



Some of Gehry’s most famous designs, like the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Guggenheim Museum, are featured in the exhibit. I loved seeing how some of the earlier models of the Walt Disney Concert Hall were nothing like the final product. Being able to view what “could have been” for some of the most well-known structures around the world was fascinating.

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Walt Disney Concert Hall, project model, 1989-2003



The two main themes highlighted in the exhibit are urbanism and Gehry’s pioneering work in digital technologies. Gehry’s development of new systems of digital design and fabrication has created revolutionary approaches to materials. Known for his use of “bold, postmodern shapes and unconventional materials,” Gehry’s avant-garde design style has made him one of the most acclaimed architects of the 20th century.

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Quanzhou Museum of Contemporary Art, 2012

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Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, process model, 2005-2010



The Frank Gehry exhibit will be at LACMA every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m., until March 20. If you love anything to do with design and architecture I highly recommend you visit this exhibit!

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