"Sunshine & Noir: Art in L.A. 1960-1997" Arrives at UCLA/Armand Hammer Museum for its Sole U.S. Presentation

On Oct. 7, "Sunshine & Noir: Art in L.A. 1960-1997" opens at UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, the only U.S. venue of the exhibition following a major European tour. Organized and curated by Lars Nittve and Helle Crenzien of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark, "Sunshine & Noir" examines Los Angeles art from a European perspective. The exhibition presents more than 150 groundbreaking works in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, video and drawings by more than 50 noted artists that evince an artistic sensibility and expression unique to Los Angeles. The exhibition will be on view through Jan. 3, 1999.

For many Europeans, American art is synonymous with work by New York artists. This exhibition will attempt to reconstruct and expand the European definition of American art by examining the contributions of Los Angeles artists over the past four decades and the specific cultural circumstances from which their work arose. Art that has come out of Los Angeles is represented from its rise in the early sixties with such artists as Sam Francis, Ed Kienholz, David Hockney and Ed Ruscha, to its great international breakthrough in the nineties with artists such as Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelley and Charles Ray, and the succeeding younger generation of artists, notably Jason Rhoades, Jennifer Pastor and Diana Thater. Video samplers compiled by Paul McCarthy in 1993 and Diana Thater in 1996, as well as a video by Johanna Demetrakas portraying the artists involved in "Womanhouse" -- the 1972 space created out of the CalArts' Feminist Art Program -- also will be included in the exhibition.

Artists in the exhibition are: Laura Aguilar, John Altoon, Michael Asher, John Baldessari, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Tony Berlant, Wallace Berman, Chris Burden, Vija Celmins, Richard Diebenkorn, Kim Dingle, Llyn Foulkes, Sam Francis, Joe Goode, David Hammons, George Herms, David Hockney, Dennis Hopper, Robert Irwin, Jim Isermann, Larry Johnson, Craig Kauffman, Mike Kelley, Edward Kienholz, Paul McCarthy, John McCracken, John McLaughlin, Ed Moses, Bruce Nauman, Catherine Opie, Jennifer Pastor, Raymond Pettibon, Lari Pittman, Ken Price, Stephen Prina, Charles Ray, Jason Rhoades, Nancy Rubins, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Jim Shaw, Alexis Smith, Diana Thater, Robert Therrien, James Turrell, Bill Viola, Doug Wheeler and Christopher Williams.

A 237-page illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition and will include an introduction by Nittve; a chronological survey by William R. Hackman; interviews with Walter Hopps and UCLA/Hammer Museum director Henry Hopkins; and essays by Anne Ayres, Timothy Martin, Laura Cottingham, Terry R. Myers, Russell Ferguson and Mike Davis.

Complementing the exhibition will be a wide array of free cultural programs, symposia and gallery talks organized by the Museum, including "From the Beat Generation to the Millennium - Conversations on Art in L.A.," a three evening series of conversations organized in association with UCLA Extension, featuring many of the most prominent artists, curators and critics that helped shape the last four decades of art in Los Angeles. All the conversations will be held on Monday evenings at The Geffen Playhouse in Westwood Village from 7 to 10 p.m. and are offered free to the public.

On Oct. 26: "The Beat Goes On: L.A. from the 50s to the mid-60s," to be moderated by Henry Hopkins, director of the UCLA/Hammer Museum. Panelists include Irving Blum, gallery owner and co-director of Ferus Gallery; artists Judy Chicago, George Herms and June Wayne; James Demetrion, director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and formerly of the Pasadena Art Museum; Walter Hopps, co-founder of Ferus Gallery; and Los Angeles Times art critic William Wilson.

On Nov. 2: "Power to the People: L.A. from the late 60s through the 70s," to be moderated by art writer Hunter Drohojowska-Philp. Panelists include Rosamund Felsen, gallery owner and former curator of the Pasadena Art Museum; art writer Peter Plagens; and artists John Baldessari, Ed Bereal, Harry Gamboa and Miriam Shapiro.

On Nov. 9: "Global L.A.: The 80s and 90s," to be moderated by Howard Fox, curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Panelists to include Anne Ayres, director of exhibitions at Otis College of Art and Design; Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight; and artists Lari Pittman, Nancy Rubins, Alexis Smith and Bruce Yonemoto.

In conjunction with the UCLA/Hammer Museum's presentation of "Sunshine & Noir," many other Los Angeles museum and gallery exhibitions have been organized to highlight and celebrate the contributions of Los Angeles artists. These include: "In the Polka Kitchen" at both the Armory Center (Oct. 10-Dec. 31) and Otis Gallery (Oct. 3-Nov. 21); "George Herms Installation" and "Selected Drawings and Prints by John Altoon" (Oct. 10-31) and Alison Van Pelt (November) at D5 Projects/Robert Berman; "Karl Benjamin - Paintings from the 50s and 60s" (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) at Ruth Bachofner Gallery; the work of Ann Baxter (Oct. 10-31) and Jeff Gold (November) at Robert Berman Gallery; Salomon Huerta (Oct. 24-Nov. 28) and Craig Kauffman (Dec. 5-Jan. 16) at Patricia Faure Gallery; Steven Hull (Oct. 10-Nov. 7) and John Boskovich (Nov. 14-Dec. 19) at Rosamund Felsen Gallery; "Ed Ruscha: New Paintings and Drawings" and "Robert Therrien: A Selection of Works" at Gagosian Gallery (Oct. 9 - TBA); "Sam Francis: The Relationship of Drawings - Annotated and Unique Proofs and Prints from the Edge and Fresh Air Period" at Bobbie Greenfield Gallery (Oct. 3 - Nov. 14); Georgeanne Deen (Sept. 17-Oct. 17), Tony Tasset (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) and Valeska Soares (Nov. 28-Jan. 3) at Christopher Grimes Gallery; Larry Bell (Sept. 12-Nov.14) and Penelope Krebs (Nov. 21-Dec. 31) at Kiyo Higashi; new paintings and drawings by Sandow Birk (September/October) and David Ligare (November/December) at Koplin Gallery; Harrison McIntosh and Tony Marsh (October) and John Mason (November) at Frank Lloyd Gallery; "L.A. or Lilliput?" at the Long Beach Museum of Art (Oct. 23- Jan. 3); "Looking at Landscape by David Hockney" (Sept. 15-Oct. 24) and William Brice (Oct. 30-Nov. 28) at L.A. Louver Gallery; solo exhibitions of the work of Gordon Wagner and John McLaughlin (September/October), and Lorser Feitelson and Helen Lundeberg (November/December) at the Tobey C. Moss Gallery; "Lee Mullican and his Influence" at the Herbert Palmer Gallery (Oct. 3-Nov. 14); Raymond Pettibon at Regen Projects (Sept. 4-Oct. 11); the work of Sharon Ryan and Jason Rogenes (Sept. 17-Oct. 31) and Steve DeGroodt and "Mixographia in L.A." (Nov. 7-Dec. 30) at Remba Gallery/Mixographia Workshop; "Hans Burkhardt: Casting a Shadow" at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts (October/December); a June Wayne retrospective at Leslie Sacks Fine Arts (Nov. 19 - Dec. 19); "Original Accounts of the Lone Woman of San Nicholas Island" at Side Street Projects (Sept. 19-Oct. 31); "Joe Goode, Works on Paper: 1960-1973" at Manny Silverman Gallery (Sept. 17-Oct. 31); an as-yet-untitled exhibition delineating the contributions made by the Pasadena Art Museum from 1960-1974 at the Norton Simon Museum (Dates TBA); Ashley Collins (September/October) and Barbara Hashimoto (November/December) at Gallery Soolip; two as-yet-untitled exhibitions at William Turner Gallery (Dates TBA); "Eileen Cowin: Returning to Ordinary Life" (Aug. 25-Oct. 25) at the University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach; and John White at Sylvia White Gallery (Dates TBA); among others.

Lead support for this exhibition has been provided by Eileen and Peter Norton and the Norton Family Foundation.

Major support also has been provided by The Eli Broad Family Foundation; Eris and Larry Field Family Foundation; Northern Trust Bank of California; Patricia and Richard Waldron; Kaufman and Broad Home Corp.; Peter and Elizabeth Goulds, L.A. Louver Gallery, Venice, Calif.; and Sotheby's.

Major support for "From the Beat Generation to the Millennium - Conversations on Art in L.A." has been provided by The Nathan Cummings Foundation and Bronya and Andrew Galef.

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