The 1931 International Colonial Exposition in Paris was a demonstration of French colonial policy, colonial architecture and urban planning, and the scientific and philosophical theories that justified colonialism. The Exposition displayed the people, material culture, raw materials, manufactured goods, and arts of the global colonial empires. Yet the event gave a contradictory message of the colonies as the “Orient” — the site of rampant sensuality, decadence, and irrationality — and as the laboratory of Western rationality. In Hybrid Modernities, Patricia Morton shows how the Exposition failed to keep colonialism’s two spheres separate, instead creating hybrids of French and native culture. Read More →
Mary-Ann Ray and Robert Manguirian, Wrapper or 40 Possible City Surfaces for the Museum of Jurassic Technology
1999, Milliam K Stout PubLICATION
Of his Museum of Jurassic Technology, David Wilson once said, “Part of the assigned task is to reintegrate people with wonder”. And wonder museum visitors do, at exhibits like a woman’s horn, a bat frozen in a slab of lead, and microminiature sculpture framed in the eye of a needle. Asked to redesign the Los Angeles museum’s façade to meet structural requirements, Southern California architects Robert Mangurian and Mary Ann Ray quickly got involved in more than your typical seismic upgrade. Stunning full-color drawings show 40 outlandish potential facades for the MJT. Featuring essays by Pat Morton, Lars Lerup and Ralph Rugoff.