Learning from… Ruscha and Venturi Scott Brown, 1962–1977 examines the relationship between the seminal illustrated books by artist Edward Ruscha and architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown that deal with the architecture and urbanism of the everyday in Los Angeles and Las Vegas during the 1960s and 1970s.

Ruscha’s Every Building on the Sunset Strip and Venturi and Scott Brown’s Learning from Las Vegas share an approach to images that is almost anthropological in its spare, non-judgmental rendering of previously unnoticed elements of the urban experience of Los Angeles and Las Vegas. The documents in the exhibition reveal the forces behind the making of two canonical books in contemporary art and architecture, and the unexpected relationship between them.

Learning from… Ruscha and Venturi Scott Brown, 1962–1977 brings together books from the CCA Collection, McGill University, the MIT Press, and the National Gallery of Canada Library.

Curated by Mirko Zardini, CCA consulting curator.
Graphic design by Louis-Charles Lasnier, Montreal.

Selected objects

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