FRITZ HAEG‘s work has included edible gardens, public dances, educational environments, animal architecture, domestic gatherings, urban parades, temporary encampments, documentary videos, publications, exhibitions, websites, and occasionally buildings for people. Recent projects include Edible Estates – an international series of public domestic edible gardens; Animal Estates – a housing initiative for native wildlife in cities around the world which debuted at the 2008 Whitney Biennial; Sundown Schoolhouse – an itinerant educational program, which evolved out of the Sundown Salon gatherings at his geodesic home base in the hills of Los Angeles; the designs, encampments, and scores of Fritz Haeg Studio; and starting in 2012, the new traveling project series of Domestic Integrities.
Haeg studied architecture in Italy at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia and Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his B. Arch. He is a Rome Prize fellow – in residence at the American Academy in Rome from 2010-2011, a MacDowell Colony Fellow (2007, 2009 and 2010), Montalvo Arts Center fellow (2012), and nominated for National Design Awards in 2009 and 2010. He has variously taught in architecture, design, and fine art programs at Princeton University (2012), California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Art Center College of Design, Parsons School of Design, the University of Southern California, and Wayne State University in Detroit as the Elaine L. Jacob Chair in Visual Art visiting professor for Fall 2012.
Haeg has produced and exhibited projects at MoMA; Tate Modern; the Hayward Gallery, London; the Liverpool Biennial; Blood Mountain Foundation, Budapest; the Whitney Museum of American Art; The Guggenheim Museum; SALT Beyo?lu, Istanbul; Stroom, Den Haag; Arup Phase 2, London; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Casco Office of Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht; Mass MoCA; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Wattis Institute, San Francisco; the Netherlands Architecture Institute; The Indianapolis Museum of Art; and the MAK Center, Los Angeles; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum; and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT among other institutions. His work has been published internationally, including profiles and features in The New York Times, Financial Times, Frieze, Artforum, The Independent, Dwell, Men’s Vogue, BBC, NPR, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and The Martha Stewart Show. Recent books include “The Sundown Salon Unfolding Archive” (Evil Twin Publications, 2009), “Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn” (Metropolis Books, 2nd ed., 2010), and “Rome Eats Rome” (NERO, expected Spring 2013).
More on Fritz:
Fritz Haeg Studio – architecture and design practice: http://www.fritzhaeg.com/studio.html
Sundown Salon & Sundown Schoolhouse – Sundown Salon housed gatherings from 2001-2006 in the geodesic dome a venue space for events, until 2006, becoming Sundown Schoolhouse, an educational environment: http://www.fritzhaeg.com/salon.html and http://www.fritzhaeg.com/schoolhouse.html
Edible Estates – ecological initiative in which domestic front lawns are redesigned and replaced with edible landscapes and gardens, and then documented: http://www.fritzhaeg.com/garden/initiatives/edibleestates/main.html
Animal Estates – initiative to reintroduce native animal life into urbanized spaces; debuted at 2008 Whitney Biennial: http://www.fritzhaeg.com/garden/initiatives/animalestates/main2.html