ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 - California African American Museum - May 2nd 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Dr. jill moniz, independent curator, and Reginald Woolery, photographer and curator, will examine the history of Black photographers in Los Angeles, with a special emphasis on the seven photographers in this exhibition.</p> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:31:53 +0000 Group Show - China Art Objects Galleries - May 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Please join us in celebration of our sixteenth anniversary as we host a group show of artists including Katherine Bernhardt, Sarah Braman, Bjorn Copeland, Billy Childish, Julia Dault, Kim Fisher, Morgan Fisher, Karin Gulbran, Mark Hagen, Thomas Helbig, Sean Landers, JP Munro, Seb Patane, Jon Pylypchuk, David von Schlegell, Eric Wesley, Pae White, Thomas Zipp and many others.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Named after a box sign that had been left behind by the space's previous tenant, China Art Objects was founded by Peter Kim, Amy Yao, Mark Heffernan, Steve Hanson and Giovanni Intra. Shortly after its opening however, the gallery became a project of critic Intra and musician/librarian Hanson. The gallery was instrumental in bringing about a renaissance in Los Angeles art and in particular the Chinatown district, where it was the first gallery to set up shop along Chung King Road. Designed by artist Pae White, the gallery officially opened its doors in January 1999.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">China Art Objects&rsquo; success quickly attracted other galleries and alternative art spaces to Chinatown. With China Art Objects at its center, Chinatown grew to become one of the primary commercial art gallery districts in Los Angeles - most importantly for emerging art.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">China Art Objects moved from its landmark Chinatown location in 2010 to Culver City.</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:04:33 +0000 Peter Saul - David Kordansky Gallery - May 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">David Kordansky Gallery is very pleased to announce&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Some Crazy Pictures</span>, an exhibition of recent paintings by Peter Saul. The exhibition will open on&nbsp;Saturday, May 2, 2015&nbsp;at 5130 W. Edgewood Place and will continue on view through&nbsp;June 20. An opening reception will be held on&nbsp;May 2&nbsp;from&nbsp;6:00pm until 8:00pm.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Over the last 50 years Peter Saul has created one of the most immediately recognizable bodies of work in contemporary American painting. By maintaining allegiance to no particular school--indeed, his career has in part been predicated upon the skewering of the endless litany of "-isms" that are commonly assumed to define art in the 20th and 21st centuries--he has allowed his own idiosyncrasies to channel the strangeness and perversity of modern life. In his pictures formal experimentation is never far removed from social commentary, and the broad scope of history painting is bound up with emotional responses to the specific day-to-day realities of being an artist.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Some Crazy Pictures</span>, Saul's first show at the gallery, comprises a group of new and recent paintings completed over the last few years. Featuring satirical swipes at money and power, violent conflations of popular and art historical imagery, and absurd anthropomorphism, these works take on a characteristically wide range of subjects. Extreme distortions of the human (and animal) figure are found throughout, as are the insouciant humor and reckless disregard for good taste that have fueled his work for decades, and that prompted early associations between Saul's paintings and the work of the Chicago Imagists and Bay Area Funk artists. Such proclivities, as well as his penchant for cartoonish exaggeration and his lurid palette, would seem to situate Saul at the margins of mainstream art world discourse.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">But as paintings like "Mondrian Duck", 2015, suggest, the lines that separate the margins from the mainstream are blurry at best, and often run crooked: here, three artsy Donald Duck look-alikes exchange boxing-glove blows with puffed-up paintings of grids (a floating beret hovers slightly apart from the action, knocked off the head of one of the ducks, as if up for grabs). If geometric "objectivity" has become an unimpeachable fixture in the narrative of the development of modern art, it has done so not only at the expense of other visual styles, but of broader ideas about the range of experiences that art can represent. In "Mondrian Duck" Saul lays bare the unquestioned predominance of the Dutch artist's grids in official histories of painting, portraying them as grotesque entities that torment painters as much as, if not more than, they enlighten them.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Saul's work often sheds light on (and sometimes literally eviscerates) what others take for granted, whether in art, politics, or basic social respectability. This lends it an aura of rebelliousness that is inseparable from its insistent formal invention; it also means that his pictures, even when their subjects are complex or have sweeping implications, are highly personal, both as expressions of their creator's sensibility and in terms of the responses they elicit from viewers. Saul grabs hold of topical themes that would scare most artists away for being too risky or too pervasive, and turns them upside down and inside out.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In "Crowded Skies", 2015, he demonstrates, perhaps paradoxically, that history painting's legacy as an academic genre makes it an ideal vehicle for depicting those facets of contemporary life that are most irrational and least amenable to intellectual analysis. A tangle of planes outfitted with sexual organs copulate without apparent concern for a pair of panicked pilots; the latter, reduced to their heads and necks, in fact form the ends of two planes' phalluses, each thrust through the engine of a neighboring plane. Anyone who has traveled by air in recent years will have experienced the feeling that everyone involved is being screwed.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Other works rely on no immediately identifiable reference point, transposing the kinds of everyday objects and images that define Pop art into tableaux that feel both familiar and profoundly wrong. Several center around food, a thematic concern that can be traced back to paintings of refrigerators that Saul made beginning in the early 1960s. In "Lunchtime", 2015, a man, rendered as a cubist-expressionist hybrid of scattered facial features, stares with longing, protoplasmic eyes at a sandwich he holds with enlarged fingers. And in "Singing Sandwich", 2014, strips of bacon, leaves of lettuce, and a huge mouth belting out a cluster of musical notes fill the space between two pieces of bread. In these works Saul prompts both laughter and despair, foregrounding the most basic human needs, including in the form of the sandwich's song, the very urge to make art, however arbitrary, difficult, or inexplicable it might be.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Peter Saul (b. San Francisco, 1934) has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at institutions worldwide, including a retrospective that originated at the Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, California in 2008 and traveled to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia and the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Among Saul's other recent solo shows are&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">From Pop to Punk: Peter Saul, Paintings from the 60s and 70s</span>, Venus Over Manhattan, New York (2015);&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Figaro</span>, Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met, Metropolitan Opera House, New York (2014);&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Holy Moly</span>, St&auml;dtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Germany (2013); and&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Peter Saul</span>, Fondation Salomon Art Contemporain, Alex, France (2012). Recent group exhibitions featuring his paintings and drawings include&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Comic Future</span>, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio and Ballroom Marfa, Texas (2013-14);&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Sinister Pop</span>, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2012);&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Ordinary Madness</span>, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2010); and&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">Bad Painting, Good Art</span>, MMK, Vienna (2008), as well as&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;">America is Hard to See</span>, the upcoming inaugural exhibition at the new Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Saul's paintings and drawings are in the collections of many museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. He lives and works in Germantown, New York.</p> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:27:21 +0000 Joe Zorrilla - Hannah Hoffman Gallery - May 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:58:01 +0000 - Santa Monica Museum of Art - May 2nd 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM <div> <p style="text-align: justify;">Join us for INCOGNITO 2015, SMMoA&rsquo;s 11th annual benefit art sale. Choose from an array of 700 artworks by luminary and emerging artists, and support the Museum's free exhibitions and programming.&nbsp;All works are signed on the back; artists&rsquo; identities are revealed only after purchase.</p> </div> <div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>INCOGNITO</em>&nbsp;VIP Preview &nbsp;<strong>5 pm</strong><br /></strong>Art Preview + Cocktail Reception<strong><br /></strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>INCOGNITO</em><em>&nbsp;</em>2015 &nbsp;7:30 pm<br /></strong>Art Sale + Party</p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <p class="archive-link-container"><em><a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;<strong>PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS TODAY!</strong></a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Featuring:<br /><strong>Food from Mud Hen Tavern</strong><br /><strong>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; (by Susan Feniger + Kajsa Alger)</strong><br /><strong>Cocktails from The Macallan + Highland Park</strong><br /><strong>DJ Set by Eddie Ruscha</strong></p> <p>Artwork sells quickly once the clock strikes seven thirty. Here are three tips for navigating&nbsp;<em>INCOGNITO</em>:</p> <p><strong>1) Attend the VIP Preview.</strong>&nbsp;Have the opportunity to view the art ahead of time.<br /><strong>2) Secure your place in line.&nbsp;</strong>(a) All&nbsp;<em>INCOGNITO</em>&nbsp;VIP Preview tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis; your place in the VIP line is based on date and time of purchase.&nbsp;(b) General Admission: arrive and get in line as early as you wish.<br /><strong>3) Trust your instincts!</strong></p> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <p><strong><em><br />INCOGNITO&nbsp;</em>Host&nbsp;Committee<br /></strong>Jenny Borland<br />Commonwealth &amp; Council<br />Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris<br />Anat Ebgi<br />Honor Fraser<br />Samuel Freeman<br />Emma Gray<br />Dana Garman Jacobsen<br />Philipp Kaiser<br />Bettina Korek<br />Nancy Klein<br />Shulamit Nazarian and Bruce Adlhoch<br />Corrina Peipon<br />Tina Perry<br />Randi Malkin Steinberger<br />Liesl Taylor<br />Kulapat Yantrasast</p> </div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>INCOGNITO Second Opportunity Art Sale<br /></em>Sunday, May 3, 11 am - 2 pm<br /></strong>Free Admission<br />Browse and buy the remaining&nbsp;<em>INCOGNITO</em>&nbsp;artwork.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Discover the names behind the artwork in&nbsp;<br /><em>INCOGNITO</em>&nbsp;2014!</p> </div> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:08:12 +0000 Marten Elder - Tif Sigfrids - May 2nd 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Please join us for a talk-through with Marten Elder of his exhibition&nbsp;<em>New Color Photographs&nbsp;</em>at the gallery&nbsp;Saturday, May 2nd. &nbsp;The talk will begin at&nbsp;12 PM.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:50:03 +0000 Phil Chang - UCR/California Museum of Photography - May 2nd 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">CMP Projects presents a solo installation by artist Phil Chang. The project is suspended on the border of photography and non-photography, demanding that the viewer consider the medium&rsquo;s inherent qualities. The exhibition will feature a selection of photographs from Chang&rsquo;s recently conceived untitled series of monochromes (2014-ongoing). These photographic prints are made without the use of a camera or film, thereby pushing our understanding of the medium as it abandons the analog for a decidedly digital age. Additionally, one unfixed photographic work will be featured in the exhibition. An evolution of his highly acclaimed body of work &ldquo;Cache, Active&rdquo;(2012), <em>Monochrome, Exposed</em> (2015) is a new unfixed photograph that will be exposed over the course of its own exhibition&rsquo;s first hours, effectively rendering it, too, a monochrome.</p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;"><em style="line-height: 1.42857143;">Monochrome, Exposed</em> will be unveiled and the artist will offer public remarks in the gallery at 5pm on Saturday, May 16.</p> <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">Phil Chang was born in 1974 in Indiana. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles where he is visiting faculty in the Department of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design. He earned his MFA at California Institute of the Arts, and his BA at the University of California, Irvine. <em>CMP Projects: Phil Chang</em> is the first solo museum presentation of his work.</p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">CMP Projects is an ongoing series of solo presentations curated by Joanna Szupinska-Myers, CMP Curator of Exhibitions. The series is partially supported with funds provided by UCR&rsquo;s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) and the City of Riverside.&nbsp;Additional support has been provided by M+B, Los Angeles.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Artist talk &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Saturday, May 16, 2015, 5pm - 6pm</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Reception &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Saturday, May 16, 2015, 6pm - 9pm</p> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:55:27 +0000 Jim Drain - Various Small Fires - May 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p class="p1" style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;The grid is very peaceful. Nothing can go wrong. Everything is complete.&rdquo; LB</p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;"><em>Seems to be undone. That?</em><br /><em>Un-joined, a temporary stitch, a disintegrated seam?&nbsp;</em><br /><em>Where?</em><br /><em>Seems not?</em><br /><em>Pick at the seam with a pin; ok; pretty?</em><br /><em>Seem-less.&nbsp; A sewing needle repairs, heals.</em><br /><em>A staple, too?</em></p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;the walls were concrete, and I couldn&rsquo;t really staple to them.&rdquo; Brian Chippendale</p> <p class="p2" style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;The beauty of sewing,&rdquo; Bourgeois explained, &ldquo;is precisely in the fact that things can be done and undone without damaging the fabric.&rdquo;</p> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:17:27 +0000 - Various Small Fires - May 2nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:17:40 +0000 Akosua Adoma Owusu - Fowler Museum at UCLA - May 3rd 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition presents an array of finely sculpted combs and hairpins from Africa and its diasporas, along with the film <em>Me Broni Ba/My White Baby</em> by Ghanaian-American filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu. It explores the notions of ideal beauty and social status associated with hair among many African cultures.&nbsp;The juxtaposition of traditional&nbsp;hairpins and combs made from rare materials with an avant-garde contemporary film raises questions about constructions of identity in Africa from the colonial period to today.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:01:34 +0000 - LA Artcore Brewery Annex - May 3rd 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:09:23 +0000 - Santa Monica Museum of Art - May 3rd 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM <p>Browse and buy the remaining&nbsp;<em>INCOGNITO</em>&nbsp;artwork.</p> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:09:42 +0000 - Long Beach Museum of Art - May 7th 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Art Auction XVI is a fundraising exhibition that features more than 150 original works of art by 103 artists from across the country. The exhibition celebrates the creations of some of the most desirable artists working today. AAXVI represents a variety of media: works on paper, oil paintings, ceramics, and sculpture. The list of artists includes David Choe, Matt Wedel, Martin Whittfooth, Kenny Harris, F. Scott Hess, Adonna Khare, Patti Warashina, and many more. The free exhibition is open to the public and culminates in an exclusive auction event on Sunday, May 31, 2015. During the exhibition, visitors may participate in the silent auction and bid on any of the art works on display. We welcome all families to experience this exciting and dynamic exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For more information, please visit the Art Auction XVI website at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:14:58 +0000 - Riverside Art Museum - May 7th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Three Exhibition Venues:</strong></p> <ol style="text-align: justify;"> <li>Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone, Frosinone, Italy, October 4 &ndash; 28, 2014</li> <li>Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside CA, December 6, 2014 &ndash; March 29, 2015</li> <li>Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA, April 21 &ndash; July 5, 2015</li> </ol> <p style="text-align: justify;">All local, national, and international artists are invited to participate in a unique traveling exhibition opportunity.&nbsp;<em>California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California&nbsp;</em>is a juried exhibition with approximately 50 selected artworks that will travel for exhibition to three venues: the Palazzo della Provincia di Frosinone in Frosinone, Italy (Rome vicinity) under the leadership of Alfio Borghese, Gallery Director; Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) under the leadership of Daniel Foster, Executive Director; and Riverside Art Museum (RAM) under the leadership of Drew Oberjuerge, Executive Director.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The juried exhibition of original work is an exploration of the popular fascination with the celebrated lifestyle, influences, and environs of Southern California.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In addition to the selected artworks from the juried competition, there will be five artworks that will be included in the traveling exhibition by special invitation of the jurors. These five pieces will embody and reflect the vision of&nbsp;<em>California Dreaming: An International Portrait of Southern California&nbsp;</em>and will further enhance the scholarship and strength of this traveling exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>BIOGRAPHIES</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Daniel Foster &ndash; Juror</strong><br />Daniel Foster has a distinguished 25-year career in fine and contemporary arts/museum leadership and programming in addition to being a proven nonprofit and philanthropic foundation leader. As the Executive Director of the Oceanside Museum of Art since August 2012, Foster has instituted significant new visioning and programmatic growth and outreach into the region. Additionally, Foster is exerting leadership in the Oceanside and North County arts community as a critical convener and collaboration builder.<br />Previous to OMA, Foster was the President/CEO of The Community Foundation Serving Riverside &amp; San Bernardino Counties &ndash; a $60 million philanthropic foundation and regional leader for quality of life issues.&nbsp; Foster was the Executive Director of the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) and widely regarded as a key visionary community leader in developing the city of Riverside&rsquo;s now successful &ldquo;City of Arts &amp; Innovation&rdquo; downtown revitalization strategy over the past decade.&nbsp; Earlier in his career, Foster produced outstanding adult education programs for ten years at the San Diego Art Institute &ndash; in addition to working at the Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), the University Art Gallery at UCSD, and the San Francisco Art Institute. Academically, Foster received a Bachelor of Science degree in Entrepreneurship/Business at the University of Southern California and a Master of Fine Arts with honors in New Genres and Painting/Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Drew Oberjuerge&nbsp;</strong><strong>&ndash;</strong><strong>&nbsp;Juror&nbsp;</strong><br />Born and raised in the Inland Empire, Drew Oberjuerge has served as the Executive Director of Riverside Art Museum since&nbsp;March 2012. She is committed to programming that engages the community as well as educational and professional institutions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Oberjuerge graduated from University of California, San Diego with degrees in Political Science/Political Theory and Italian Literature and also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from University of Southern California. While studying abroad in Italy she fell in love with the visual arts and has since worked at a number of arts organizations throughout Southern California including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2008, she returned to the Inland Empire to create the Art Works program, a creative-arts-for-wellness program for individuals who carry a mental-health diagnosis, with Jefferson Transitional Programs.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Peter Frank &ndash; Juror</strong><br />Peter Frank is a Los Angeles based art critic, curator and poet. Frank started as the Senior Curator at Riverside Art Museum in 2005 and is now an Adjunct Senior Curator. He is a frequent contributor to&nbsp;<em>The Huffington Post</em>&nbsp;and was a critic for&nbsp;<em>LA Weekly</em>&nbsp;until 2008, an editor of&nbsp;<em>Visions Art Quarterly</em>&nbsp;as well as a critic for&nbsp;<em>The Village Voice</em>&nbsp;and The&nbsp;<em>SoHo Weekly News</em>&nbsp;in New York.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Frank has curated and organized a significant body of exhibitions at institutions throughout the world. He has also organized numerous theme and survey shows, including &ldquo;Driven to Abstraction: Southern California and the Non-Objective World, 1950-1980&rdquo; for the Riverside Art Museum; "Artists' Books U.S.A.," "Mapped Art: Charts, Routes, Regions" and "Line and Image: The Northern Sensibility in Recent European Drawing," all for Independent Curators Inc.; &ldquo;Fluxus Film and Video&rdquo; for the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid; "Young Fluxus" for Artists' Space in New York; "To the Astonishing Horizon" for Los Angeles Visual Arts; "Southern Abstraction" for the Raleigh (NC) City Gallery of Contemporary Art; "The Theater of the Object, 1958-1972" for New York's Alternative Museum; "Visual Poetry" for the Otis/Parsons Art Institute in Los Angeles; "Multiple World" for the Atlanta College of Art; and, most notably, "19 Artists &ndash; Emergent Americans," the 1981 Exxon National Exhibition mounted at the Guggenheim Museum. Frank received his B.A. and M.A. in art history from Columbia University.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Alfio Borghese &ndash; Gallery Director&nbsp;</strong><br />Alfio Borghese of Italy&rsquo;s noble Borghese family has been acclaimed throughout Italy for over 40 years as art critic, curator, art director and journalist. As producer, journalist and interviewer in association with RAI (Italy&rsquo;s national public broadcasting company) Borghese produced a notable series of films and documentaries featuring the most important artists, writers and political figures of the twentieth century. He has instructed laureate courses in film, theater and television, and as President of&nbsp;<em>il&nbsp;</em><em>Teatro Stabile dei Ragazzi</em>, Borghese has written and directed hundreds of theatrical performances for youth and adults.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In collaboration with the European Union, Borghese was instrumental in creating 21 museums throughout&nbsp;the province of Siena, including the National Museum of Archeology. Borghese directed the Italian Pavilion of Viterbo for the Venice Biennale in 2011 and since 2012 has served as president and curator of the Biennale di Frosinone, Anagni and Alatri, a major exhibition of 180 works from 90 artists. He serves as artistic director of the Festival of Contemporary Visual Arts sponsored by the City and the Province of Frosinone and regularly curates prominent exhibitions in Veroli, Anagni, Grottammare, the Palazzo degli Alessandri in Viterbo, and the Villa Baruchello in Porto Sant 'Elpidio.</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:45:17 +0000 - Skirball Cultural Center - May 7th 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Bill Graham and the Rock &amp; Roll Revolution </em>is the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary rock impresario Bill Graham (1931&ndash;1991). Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham launched the careers of countless rock&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;roll legends in the 1960s at his famed Fillmore Auditorium. He conceived of rock&nbsp;&amp;&nbsp;roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid (1985) and Human Rights Now! (1988). As a promoter and manager, he worked with the biggest names in rock, including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Born in Berlin, Graham emigrated to New York at the age of eleven as part of a Red Cross effort to help Jewish children fleeing the Nazis. He went to live with a foster family in the Bronx and spent his teenage years in New York City, selling baseball cards, playing craps in the schoolyard, and working as a delivery boy before being drafted into the Army to fight in the Korean War. He relocated to San Francisco just as the hippie movement was gathering steam, and becamethe business manager for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, a radical theater company that performed for free in parks. The first show Graham presented was on November 6, 1965: a fundraiser to support the legal defense of one of the Mime Troupe actors. It was a transformative moment for the thirty-four-year-old, who&rsquo;d finally found something he was good at by which he could also earn a living. Soon afterwards he took over the lease on the famed Fillmore Auditorium, where he produced groundbreaking shows throughout the 1960s, including sold-out concerts by the Grateful Dead, Cream, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and the Doors. Graham&rsquo;s mastery at promoting, marketing, and managing artists propelled him to become one of rock &amp; roll&rsquo;s most influential figures.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Through rock memorabilia, photographs, ephemera, and psychedelic art in the form of the iconic Fillmore concert posters, <em>Bill Graham and the Rock &amp; Roll Revolution </em>explores the momentous cultural transformations of the 1960s&ndash;1980s through the lens of rock &amp; roll. The year 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Live Aid and the fiftieth anniversary of Graham&rsquo;s first-ever concert, as well as the Grateful Dead&rsquo;s live debut. Commemorate these events by celebrating a true pioneer who helped revolutionize rock into the global industry it is today.</p> Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:37:45 +0000 Allen Ruppersberg - Skirball Cultural Center - May 7th 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Allen Ruppersberg&rsquo;s installation <em>The Singing Posters</em> pays tribute to Allen Ginsberg&rsquo;s iconic poem&nbsp;<em>&ldquo;</em>Howl&rdquo; (1955&ndash;1956), a hallmark text of the 1950s Beat Generation. In order to reinterpret the piece for contemporary audiences, Ruppersberg transcribed the poem into phonetic spellings and printed the &ldquo;new&rdquo; text on approximately 200 vibrantly colored commercial advertising posters installed floor to ceiling on gallery walls.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Using graphic design styles of the period when &ldquo;Howl&rdquo; was published, the posters communicate the &ldquo;high culture&rdquo; of poetry via the common language of advertising. The layout of the type is visually chaotic, analogous to the barrage of images conjured up by the poem and to the social climate in which the text was produced.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The installation also includes Ruppersberg&rsquo;s personal scrapbooks, which contain an accumulation of images, newspaper and magazine clippings, and other miscellany that the artist has collected throughout his life, particularly in the 1960s and 1970s.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>The Singing Posters </em>is presented in conjunction with the exhibition <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Bill Graham and the Rock &amp; Roll Revolution</em></a>. Both exhibitions share the context of the counterculture movements that proliferated in San Francisco in the mid-twentieth century. That city was a nucleus for Beatnik and hippie activity, and was where Ginsberg purportedly began drafting &ldquo;Howl&rdquo; and where it debuted at a reading in 1955. By examining the seminal work of Ginsberg&mdash;a prominent American Jewish poet, free thinker, and voice of the Beat generation&mdash;Ruppersberg revives the spirit and energy of this era and introduces it to a new generation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Allen Ruppersberg (b. 1944) is an American conceptual artist whose work includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, installations, and books. Educated at the Chouinard Institute (what is now the California Institute of the Arts), he divides his time between New York and Los Angeles.</p> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:46:06 +0000