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UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM, CSU LONG BEACH

1999/2000 EXHIBITIONS



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June 20—August 6, 2000
Beyond Boundaries:
Contemporary Photography in California

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This exhibition will highlight 66 contemporary art photographers currently living in California including emerging and mid-career artists, as well as those senior in their career. The California Invitational will offer a unique opportunity for multi-generational and cross-state comparisons. California has always had a complex and varied regional photographic tradition, extending beyond regional boundaries to national and international renown. The exhibition gives pause to examine the fruitful history of photography in the state at the beginning of the new millennium. The result will be an unprecedented look at current developments in one of the richest areas for photographers in the United States. Some of the artists included are Lewis Baltz, Uta Barth, Eileen Cowin, John Divola, Ken Gonzalez-Day, Robbert Flick, Anthony Hernandez, Lynn Hershman, Dihn Q. Li, Sharon Lockhart, Daniel Martinez, Kelly Nipper, Catherine Opie, Gay Outlaw, Richard Ross, Liza Ryan, and Larry Sultan. The UAM will be the first venue for this traveling exhibition, which was organized by The Friends of Photography/Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco.


Ken Gonzales-Day, "Untitled #32", 1996
C-print from digital negative, in included in
"Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Photography
in California" from June 20 - August 6.



May 5 - 26, 2000
Insights 2000: The Annual Student Exhibition

UAM presents an annual exhibition of works in a variety of media by both graduate and undergraduate students of the California State University, Long Beach Department of Art. The exhibition will be juried by the art faculty and will highlight work by students in all disciplines including ceramics, drawing and painting, graphic design, illustration, photography, printmaking, fiber, metal/jewelry, and new genre.



January 25 - April 23, 2000
James Drake: Conversations--Inside/Outside
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Organized by Pamela Auchincloss' Project Space in New York, this exhibition is an unusually personal look at the tenuous relationship between the incarcerated and the outside world. The setting is a small prison located in central El Paso, Texas.


James Drake, "A Thousand Tongues Burn and Sing",
cibachrome prints mounted on aluminum, 2 panels,
32 1/2 x 95" overall, 1999. Courtesy of the artist.

James Drake, a multi-media artist based in El Paso, gained access to a world outsiders are not easily welcomed into. For the journalist this is a requisite of the job, but artists have only recently considered documentary content as a means to get at some greater idea, most notably Nan Goldin and Andres Serrano. This new work by Drake extends the artist's vocabulary in a way that reflects not only the times but also the very nature of the subject. Incarcerated men and their girl friends, wives, and family have developed a unique sign language. On February 16th at 5 p.m. there will be an artist talk in the UAM galleries followed by a poetry reading by Jimmy Santiago Baca who has written poems inspired by Drake’s work. In addition, on March 7th at 12:15 p.m. Todd Gray, CSULB Art Department faculty member, will give a gallery talk on the work in this exhibition.



March 21 - April 23, 2000
Centric 59: Seth Kaufman—New Work
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Los Angeles artist Seth Kaufman will present three new bodies of work in the UAM's central gallery. The exhibition will debut two eight-by-four-foot wall panels made entirely of eggshells fused in resin along with a number of ground-level, paint-and-weed organic forms and several paint-chip pieces, glued together to form delicately shaped constructions. Kaufman's work offers depth and texture and defies the traditional categories of painting and sculpture. On March 28th at 12:15 p.m. Mary-Kay Lombino, UAM Curator of Exhibitions will discuss the work on display in an informal gallery discussion. Centric is an on-going series of small timely exhibitions dedicated to introducing the UAM audience to work by individual artists that has not previously been shown in this area.


Seth Kaufman, "Eggshells and Resin",
eggshells/resin, 23 x 23 x 1/4", 1996.



January 25 - March 5, 2000
Centric 58: Robert Bechtle—California Classic
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Bechtle's vernacular paintings of cars, houses, lawn chairs, palm trees, and people freeze his subjects in brilliant California light. A founder of Photo-Realism in the late 1960s, Bechtle brings his own unique vision to his paintings. More concerned with mood than with meticulous technique, he chooses a bristle brush over the airbrush-the tool of choice for such Photo-Realists as Richard Estes. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Bechtle strives to avoid symbolic and literary content. He selects familiar, nondescript objects to allow the viewer to respond directly to the paintings without interference on the part of the artist. This exhibition, for which a gallery brochure will be available, is the first museum survey of Bechtle's work in Southern California. There will be an artist lecture on February 9th at 5 p.m. in the UAM galleries. Centric is an on-going series of small timely exhibitions dedicated to introducing the UAM audience to work by individual artists that has not previously been shown in this area.


Robert Bechtle, "'60 T-Bird", o/c, 73 x 99 3/8".
Collection University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA.



November 9 - December 19, 1999
Historically Speaking: UAM, 25 Years of Excellence
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On the occasion of the museum's 25th anniversary and the 50th celebration of CSULB, the UAM will present a historical survey of the collection, including recent acquisitions which will be on view for the first time. In tribute to the anniversaries, the museum will seize this perfect opportunity to examine the high points of a quarter century in the arts and in the life of the community and to celebrate the UAM's commitment to modern and contemporary art. This survey exhibition will provide a visual overview of some of the exciting, thoughtful, provocative, and innovative programming organized by the UAM and result in a comprehensive publication documenting the museum's exhibition history.


Robert Rauschenberg, "L.A.
Uncovered #2", screenprint
on paper, 24 x 12", 1998
Among the numerous artists included are, Ruth Bernhard, Jim Dine, April Gornik, Al Held, David Hockney, Lee Krasner, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, James Rosenquist, Susan Rothenberg, Lucas Samaras, George Segal, Lorna Simpson, Frederick Sommer, and Wayne Thiebaud. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be selections from the Gordon F. Hampton Collection, a seminal group of works which will be unveiled on the occasion of the museum's anniversary. Special events include a lecture by Newsweek art critic Peter Plagens on November 9th at 3 p.m. in the Martha Knoebel Dance Theater.



August 17 - October 24
Graphic Abstraction in America: A View from the First Center, Sculptors on Paper

The last in a series of six theme-based installations held in collaboration with the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Artists include: William Zorach, John Storrs, Alexander Calder, George Rickey, David Smith Alexander Archipenko, Tony DeLap, Louise Nevelson, Lee Bountecou, Claes Oldenburg, Barnett Newman, Richard Serra, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Mark di Suvero, Bryan Hunt, Nancy Graves, Michael Davis, and Keith Sonnier.

August 17 - October 17, 1999
Sequences: A Collection of Prints

Selections from a new portfolio of diptychs and triptychs recently released by the internationally renowned print publisher, Edition Schellmann. Seventy-eight prints by twenty-nine artists, it celebrates the concept of the series in contemporary art practice. Part of the works are on view at ULAM and the remainder at Bobbie Greenfield Gallery in Santa Monica. Artists include: Joseph Kosuth, Jannis Kounellis, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Gerhard Merz, Matt Mullican, Nam June Paik, Giulio Paolini, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Thomas Ruff, Julian Schnabel, Elaine Sturtevant, Rosemarie Trockel, Richard Tuttle, and James Welling.



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