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"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" opensat UCLA at the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, the onlyU.S. venue of the exhibition following a major European tour. Organizedand curated by Lars Nittve and Helle Crenzien of the Louisiana Museum ofModern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark, "Sunshine & Noir" examinesLos Angeles art from a European perspective. The exhibition presents morethan 150 groundbreaking works in a variety of media, including painting,sculpture, photography, installation, video and drawings by more than 50noted artists that evince an artistic sensibility and expression uniqueto Los Angeles. The exhibition will be on view through Jan. 3, 1999.

For many Europeans, American art is synonymous with work by New Yorkartists. This exhibition will attempt to reconstruct and expand the Europeandefinition of American art by examining the contributions of Los Angelesartists over the past four decades and the specific cultural circumstancesfrom which their work arose. Art that has come out of Los Angeles is representedfrom its rise in the early sixties with such artists as Sam Francis, EdKienholz, David Hockney and Ed Ruscha, to its great international breakthroughin the nineties with artists such as Paul McCarthy, Mike Kelley and CharlesRay, and the succeeding younger generation of artists, notably Jason Rhoades,Jennifer Pastor and Diana Thater. Video samplers compiled by Paul McCarthyin 1993 and Diana Thater in 1996, as well as a video by Johanna Demetrakasportraying the artists involved in "Womanhouse" -- the 1972 spacecreated out of the CalArts' Feminist Art Program -- also will be includedin 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, DennisHopper, Robert Irwin, Jim Isermann, Larry Johnson, Craig Kauffman, MikeKelley, 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, NancyRubins, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Jim Shaw, Alexis Smith, Diana Thater,Robert Therrien, James Turrell, Bill Viola, Doug Wheeler and ChristopherWilliams.

A 237-page illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition and willinclude an introduction by Nittve; a chronological survey by William R.Hackman; interviews with Walter Hopps and UCLA/Hammer Museum director HenryHopkins; and essays by Anne Ayres, Timothy Martin, Laura Cottingham, TerryR. 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 "Fromthe Beat Generation to the Millennium - Conversations on Art in L.A.,"a three evening series of conversations organized in association with UCLAExtension, featuring many of the most prominent artists, curators and criticsthat helped shape the last four decades of art in Los Angeles. All theconversations will be held on Monday evenings at The Geffen Playhouse inWestwood 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. Panelistsinclude Irving Blum, gallery owner and co-director of Ferus Gallery; artistsJudy Chicago, George Herms and June Wayne; James Demetrion, director ofthe Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and formerly of the PasadenaArt Museum; Walter Hopps, co-founder of Ferus Gallery; and Los AngelesTimes art critic William Wilson.

On Nov. 2: "Power to the People: L.A. from the late 60s throughthe 70s," to be moderated by art writer Hunter Drohojowska-Philp.Panelists include Rosamund Felsen, gallery owner and former curator ofthe 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 moderatedby Howard Fox, curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museumof Art. Panelists to include Anne Ayres, director of exhibitions at OtisCollege 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 exhibitionshave been organized to highlight and celebrate the contributions of LosAngeles artists. These include: "In the Polka Kitchen" at boththe Armory Center (Oct. 10-Dec. 31) and Otis Gallery (Oct. 3-Nov. 21);"George Herms Installation" and "Selected Drawings and Printsby John Altoon" (Oct. 10-31) and Alison Van Pelt (November) at D5Projects/Robert Berman; "Karl Benjamin - Paintings from the 50s and60s" (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) at Ruth Bachofner Gallery; the work of AnnBaxter (Oct. 10-31) and Jeff Gold (November) at Robert Berman Gallery;Salomon Huerta (Oct. 24-Nov. 28) and Craig Kauffman (Dec. 5-Jan. 16) atPatricia Faure Gallery; Steven Hull (Oct. 10-Nov. 7) and John Boskovich(Nov. 14-Dec. 19) at Rosamund Felsen Gallery; "Ed Ruscha: New Paintingsand Drawings" and "Robert Therrien: A Selection of Works"at Gagosian Gallery (Oct. 9 - TBA); "Sam Francis: The Relationshipof Drawings - Annotated and Unique Proofs and Prints from the Edge andFresh Air Period" at Bobbie Greenfield Gallery (Oct. 3 - Nov. 14);Georgeanne Deen (Sept. 17-Oct. 17), Tony Tasset (Oct. 24-Nov. 21) and ValeskaSoares (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 paintingsand drawings by Sandow Birk (September/October) and David Ligare (November/December)at Koplin Gallery; Harrison McIntosh and Tony Marsh (October) and JohnMason (November) at Frank Lloyd Gallery; "L.A. or Lilliput?"at the Long Beach Museum of Art (Oct. 23- Jan. 3); "Looking at Landscapeby 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 Wagnerand John McLaughlin (September/October), and Lorser Feitelson and HelenLundeberg (November/December) at the Tobey C. Moss Gallery; "Lee Mullicanand his Influence" at the Herbert Palmer Gallery (Oct. 3-Nov. 14);Raymond Pettibon at Regen Projects (Sept. 4-Oct. 11); the work of SharonRyan and Jason Rogenes (Sept. 17-Oct. 31) and Steve DeGroodt and "Mixographiain L.A." (Nov. 7-Dec. 30) at Remba Gallery/Mixographia Workshop; "HansBurkhardt: 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-untitledexhibition delineating the contributions made by the Pasadena Art Museumfrom 1960-1974 at the Norton Simon Museum (Dates TBA); Ashley Collins (September/October)and Barbara Hashimoto (November/December) at Gallery Soolip; two as-yet-untitledexhibitions at William Turner Gallery (Dates TBA); "Eileen Cowin:Returning to Ordinary Life" (Aug. 25-Oct. 25) at the University ArtMuseum, 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 PeterNorton 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 ElizabethGoulds, 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 CummingsFoundation and Bronya and Andrew Galef.

Occidental Petroleum Corp. has partially endowed the Museum and constructedthe Occidental Petroleum Cultural Center Building, which houses the Museum.________________________________________________________________________

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