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"Historically Speaking: UAM, 25 Years of Excellence"
Dates: November 9--December 19, 1999
Media contact: For more information or press prints, please contact Mary-Kay Lombino, 562.985.5761
On the occasion of the University Art Museum's 25th anniversary, and to celebrate California State University, Long Beach turning fifty, the UAM examines the rich--too often understated--contribution it has made to the Southern California art scene. Historically Speaking will present a history of the museum and its collections, including recent acquisitions which will be on view for the first time. As a tribute to these two significant milestones, the museum will review the high points of a quarter century in the arts and in the life of the community, and celebrate the UAM's commitment to modern and contemporary art. This survey exhibition will provide a visual overview of many of the exciting, thoughtful, provocative, and innovative programs organized by the UAM and result in a comprehensive publication documenting the museum's exhibition history. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be selections from the Gordon Hampton Collection, a stunning gift to the UAM which will be unveiled on the occasion of the anniversary.
Over the last 25 years, the UAM has played a significant role in achieving international recognition for the arts and artists in Southern California. With a strong commitment to scholarly and artistic excellence, the museum has also earned a national reputation for its high-quality exhibitions and award-winning publications. Since 1973, the UAM has presented diverse, imaginative, and cutting-edge exhibitions devoted to the work of the most important artists of our generation. As early as 1986, the California Arts Council ranked the UAM among the top six arts institutions in the state, calling it "a model for university museums."
The museum is pleased to have this unique opportunity to display highlights from its collection, which has brought the university and Long Beach area recognition from both the professional art community and international public.
John Altoon, Art & Language, Ruth Bernhard, Eileen Cowin, Jim Dine, Harold Edgerton, Sidney B. Felsen, Eric Fischl, Judy Fiskin, Walton Ford, Michael Goldberg, Betty Goodwin, April Gornik, Adolph Gottlieb, Jan Groover, Teun Hocks, Al Held, David Hockney, Bryan Hunt, Graciela Iturbide, Lee Krasner, David Levinthal, Roy Lichtenstein, DeLoss McGraw, Arnold Mesches, Robert Motherwell, Nathan Oliveira, Robert Rauschenberg, Paula Rego, Milton Resnick, James Rosenquist, Susan Rothenberg, Sebastiaõ Salgado, Lucas Samaras, Howard Schatz, George Segal, José María Sicilia, Lorna Simpson, Frederick Sommer, Donald Sultan, Wayne Thiebaud, Juan Uslé, Catherine Wagner, Andy Warhol, Boyd Webb, Tom Wesselmann, Paul Wonner and Lebbeus Woods.
New Aquisitions--The Gordon F. Hampton Collection:
The Gordon F. Hampton Collection includes signature works by such artists as Al Held, Michael Goldberg, Adolph Gottlieb, Lee Krasner, and Milton Resnick. On Sunday, November 7th at 4:00 pm, the museum's main gallery will be named the Gordon F. Hampton Gallery and the museum will accept the gift of the late attorney's collection from the Gordon Hampton Foundation, given by his children Wesley G. Hampton, Roger K. Hampton, and Katharine Hampton Shenk. This acquisition, which includes 85 works by 42 artists, is valued in excess of $3.2 million, making it the most significant gift to the UAM to date. In order to celebrate the on-going growth and strength of the museum and its collections, a number of works from the Hampton gift will be featured in "Historically Speaking."
On Sunday, November 7th, several events related to "Historically Speaking" will take place. To kick off the day, UAM will host a lecture by Newsweek art critic Peter Plagens as part of the annual Zeitlin Lecture series. The lecture is free of charge and will be held in the Martha Knoebel Dance Theater at 3 pm. Following the lecture there will be a reception for the exhibition and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly named Gordon F. Hampton Gallery at the museum from 4 to 6 pm. All events are open to the public and free of charge.
To accompany the exhibition and serve as a permanent record of the first 25 years of the museum, a major catalogue has been produced. The fully illustrated book includes introductory comments by the museum's founding director Constance W. Glenn, brief entries on each work in the exhibition, an essay in which Los Angeles-based art critic Peter Frank traces the history of the museum, as well as comprehensive lists of past exhibitions and lectures sponsored by UAM.
In Peter Frank's catalogue essay highlighting many of the UAM's most memorable contributions he writes, "The University Art Museum is best known, locally and globally, for its ongoing devotion to the art of the present and very recent past. The mission of the museum has been to display art that the Southern California audience would otherwise not see and which it needs to see in order to comprehend and participate in current artistic and art-historic discourses."
Lead support for the "Historically Speaking" exhibition and catalogue has been provided by a generous grant from The Pasadena Art Alliance, with additional support from the Fine Arts Affiliates, Donna and Clinton Mills, and the Gold and Silver Anniversary Sponsors. The UAM, a division of the College of the Arts, is also supported by the CSULB Foundation and the Instructionally Related Activities Fund. Education programming is provided, in part, by the California Arts Council, The Bess J. Hodges Foundation, the Forty-Niner Shops, and The Will J. Reid Foundation.
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