Join us for an Evening of Assemblage with art writer MICHAEL DUNCAN and artist GEORGE HERMS.
Lecture: Gluing Together a World: West Coast Assemblage Art
Michael Duncan, Corresponding Editor for Art in America
Theater Piece: Happy Birthday Milieu
George Herms, Artist
Friday, March 18, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA
Contact: Jenna Siman
Tel: (626) 449-6840, ext. 210, Fax, (626) 796-4978
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George Herms, b. 1935, The Librarian, 1960, Assemblage, Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Molly Barnes, © 2005 George Herms.

Join us for a special evening of assemblage art featuring a discussion by Michael Duncan, Independent Curator and Corresponding Editor for Art in America, which traces the origins of assemblage and focuses on the art form’s vital development in California during the 1950s and 60s. Duncan pays particular attention to the important contributions made by California Beat Generation artists Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, George Herms and Jess.

The program continues with a never-before-seen theater piece presented by artist George Herms. Celebrated for his assemblages, collages and performances, Herms offers a lively and original theater piece inspired by the Norton Simon Museum’s exhibition Lost but Found: Assemblage, Collage and Sculpture, 1920-2002 (on view through March 28, 2005).

Organized by the Museum’s assistant curator Michelle Deziel, Lost but Found showcases nearly 60 assemblages, collages, readymades and abstract sculptures from the Museum's extensive collection of modern and contemporary art. Spanning more than 80 years and traversing critical art movements, Lost but Found features important examples by 30 prominent European and American artists including Picasso, Schwitters, Cornell, Nevelson, Rauschenberg, Kienholz, Conner and Wesselmann.

For this event, the Museum offers extended viewing hours of the Lost but Found exhibition, remaining open until 10:00 p.m., to allow visitors to see the exhibition after the program.

Event is free with Museum admission. No reservations are required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free parking is available.

Don’t miss this opportunity to view the Museum’s exhibition Lost but Found: Assemblage, Collage and Sculpture, 1920 -2002 before it closes on March 28!

The Norton Simon Museum is located in Pasadena on the corner of Orange Grove and Colorado Boulevards at the intersection of the Foothill (210) and Ventura (134) freeways. The Museum is open every day except Tuesday, from noon to 6:00 p.m., and noon to 9:00 p.m. on Friday.  Admission is $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for seniors. Members, students with I.D. and patrons ages 18 and under are admitted free of charge. The first Friday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. is free for all visitors. The Museum is wheelchair accessible.

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