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An Olfactory Archive: 1738-1969

Opening:  May 13, 6-9 p.m
Continues: 13-29 May
Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun – 1 pm to 6pm / Thurs – 1 pm to 8pm

An Olfactory Archive: 1738-1969 is a traveling exhibition organized by the Division of Architecture at the California College of the Arts (CCA). It is the first exhibition devoted exclusively to the recent works of artisans and historians who harness scents, essences, and fragrances in the reconstruction and preservation of historical spaces. This exhibition displays several examples of this recent work, creating a brief image of some possible and future archive of an olfactory past.

In the past 10 years, a surprising number of historians, preservationists, architects, and artists experimented with scents to record, represent, and reconstruct historical buildings, interiors, and agrarian and urban landscapes. Such work spans from Aaron Betsky and Herzog and DeMeuron’s fragrance Rotterdam – Olfactory Object (2004) to Christophe Laudemiel’s recent efforts to reconstruct the scents of the Straight of Bosphorus in the Middle Ages (2013).

Ultimately, this exhibition presents recent and alternative ways to interpret the history of space and to potentially make architecture, interior and landscape history a simultaneously more vanguard and public enterprise.

Featuring the work of

Christopher Brosius
Demeter
Dreamair (Christophe Laudamiel and Christoph Hornetz)
Rodrigo Flores-Roux
Alessandro Gualtieri
Herzog & DeMeuron Architects
Carlos Huber, Arquiste
Christophe Laudamiel
Birthe Leemeijer
Serge Lutens
Rosendo Mateu
Jorge Otero-Pailos, Architect
RAD Architects (Rodolphe el-Khoury, Carol Moukheiber, Christos Markopoulos)
Philippe Rahm Architects
Bonner/Stayner Architects (Jennifer Bonner and Christian Stayner)
Yann Vasnier

Credits
“An Olfactory Archive” was originally sponsored by and exhibited at the California College of the Arts (CCA) Architecture Division.

Curated by David Gissen and Irene Cheng
Exhibition design by Brian Price and Matt Hutchinson

header image:  Philippe Rahm
tumbnail image:  Jim Norrena, CCA

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