For the last several weeks, the best way to try to understand Beverly Boulevard has been to head for a different boulevard — Wilshire — and the western end of the Miracle Mile.
On view there, at the Architecture and Design Museum, is one of the more gregarious exhibitions in the Getty‘s ongoing Pacific Standard Time Presents architecture series.
Curated by the writer and critic Greg Goldin, “Windshield Perspective” is a colorful, deceptively ambitious and in the end oddly dated look at a relatively short stretch of Beverly, between Normandie and Virgil avenues, just northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
The goal is not just to re-create the experience of driving that distance — just under a mile — but to suggest everything we miss in a normal, uneventful car trip. As Goldin argues, “Typically, our way of seeing from behind the wheel is unconscious.
Beverly Boulevard, in its apparent bleakness, is easily dismissed as ‘nowhere,’ falling into the hole in our consciousness put there by the dominant notion that much (if not all) of Los Angeles is not a city at all.”
The exhibition promises something different: “a choreographed drive” meant to reveal “the very essence of the built city: messy, disorderly, impromptu, and vital.”
Above courtesy of Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic.