Luisa Lambri: Being There

February 27, 2010 - June 13, 2010



Luisa Lambri travels the world photographing architectural interiors. Often spending extended periods of time investigating notable Modernist buildings, her photographs not only capture the physical topology of these structures but elaborate on the profound psychological and emotional responses they elicit from their inhabitants. Rather than take a distanced view of an overall structure, Lambri attends to architectural details—windows, cabinets, closets—necessities that embody the questions of form and function that engulf any endeavor of design. Perhaps paradoxically, Lambri’s poetic photographic abstractions are derived from her adamantly straightforward approach to her subjects, yielding not only pictures of buildings but also representing what it feels like to experience architectural space. Over the course of a year, Lambri made several visits to Southern California to photograph the iconic homes designed by renowned architect John Lautner. Inspired by Lautner’s desire to connect his buildings to their natural surroundings, Lambri trained her lens on Lautner’s windows. The resulting images move effortlessly between landscape and architectural photography, exploring the boundaries between the built environment and the natural world.

This exhibition is organized by Douglas Fogle, Hammer chief curator and deputy director of exhibitions and public programs.


This exhibition has received support from Susan Steinhauser and Daniel Greenberg, the Pasadena Art Alliance, Samantha Magowan and Colin Magowan, and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura.

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