2000/2001 EXHIBITIONS

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June 3 - September 2
"Snapshot: New Art From Los Angeles"
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"Snapshot: New Art from Los Angeles" will showcase 25 Los Angeles-based artists who are breaking new ground across a wide spectrum of media-from painting, photography, sculpture, drawings and prints to site-specific installations and video projections. These artists represent fresh, vital new discoveries shaping our perspective on art in Los Angeles today. "Snapshot" will investigate ideas currently at the forefront of the Los Angeles arts scene. The exhibition is not intended as a comprehensive survey; instead, "Snapshot," as its title suggests, represents a flash-view perspective on new art in Los Angeles, a momentary, detailed map of a dynamic, broad, and constantly evolving art scene encompassing an almost radically diverse spectrum of communities.


Aiko Hachisuka, "Rolling Sketch".

"Snapshot" will highlight a broad range of new works, many of which have not yet been seen by the general public. "Snapshot" is certain to include numerous surprises, even to those who consider themselves familiar with the Los Angeles art scene-surprises that arise not only from the artists included, but from what their work collectively reveals about the consciousness of a major metropolitan center of art. Exhibition artists include Mark Bradford, Edgar Bryan, Tessa Chasteen, Lecia Dole Recio, Mari Eastman, Thomas Eggerer, Christie Frields, Monique van Genderen, Katie Grinnan, Aiko Hachisuka, Linda Kim, Deb Lacusta, Lisa Lapinski, Won Ju Lim, Florian Maier-Aichen, Yunhee Min, Kori Newkirk, Jonathan Pylypchuk, Steve Roden, Ronald Santos, Bea Schlingelhoff, Alex Slade, Robert Stone, Eric Wesley and Amy Wheeler.



June 3 - September 16
Hammer Projects: Jesse Bransford
New York-based Jesse Bransford's wall drawing in the Museum's lobby staircase investigates the clash of esoteric belief systems and the ways in which information is processed and disseminated. Bransford's iconography is drawn from an eclectic array of cultural sources, including 1970s-era video games and pulp science fiction along with images inspired by what Bransford terms "un-popular culture": UFOs, mysticism and conspiracy theories.


Jesse Bransford "Detail
of Corner 02: Hollyhock".

May 1 - July 29
Hammer Projects:
Emma Kay
Chris Johanson

New works by San Francisco-based artist Chris Johanson will be featured in the Museum's lobby gallery. Inspired by skateboard and graffiti culture and urban life in San Francisco, Johanson's raw, poignant and frequently humorous drawings present street life from the perspective of those who live it. Dancing hippies, down-and-out street vagrants and other marginal types populate Johanson's works, which often include lengthy textual rants and biting commentary about contemporary on urban existence.

Charting the points at which memory, imagination and fiction converge, the work of British-born, London-based artist Emma Kay explores the vagaries of human knowledge: its gaps and slippages, its warped recollections and fanciful inventions.Kay reconstructs famous literary works by recounting everything she remembers about them in vertical columns of text, or by drawing a map of the world entirely from memory.


Emma Kay, installation
view in the Vault Gallery.




Chris Johanson, installation
view in the Lobby Gallery.
Kay endeavors to chronologically catalogue everything she knows, drawing from knowledge gleaned through school geography lessons, books, films, television programs and documentaries, current events and the artist's own world travels. Kay will present new work in the Museum's Vault Gallery.



May 8 – July 29, 2001
"Henri Matisse Works on Paper from the Grunwald Center Collection"
Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is one of the most well-known and enduringly popular artists of the twentieth century. Probably best known for his brightly colored paintings, sensual, robust sculptures, and decorative paper cut-outs, he also created a large body of works on paper including prints, drawings, and book illustrations during his career. Though much of his graphic work is monochrome, and upon first glance may seem very distinct from his painting and sculpture, common threads in subject matter, style, technique and general artistic concerns can be found throughout his work in all media. The Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts has a strong collection of works on paper by Matisse, including important drawings, woodcuts, etchings, drypoints, lithographs, and book illustrations. The Center is also fortunate to hold an extraordinary example of his paper cut-outs - the large-scale maquette, La Gerbe (1953). This exhibition highlights the Grunwald's Matisse collection, and explores and celebrates aspects of Matisse's work that may be a surprising discovery to many.



May 8 – July 29, 2001
"Around the Parisian Table: Pleasures and Politics of Food"
France has a longstanding love affair with food. The whole culture surrounding the preparation, presentation, and consumption of food has taken on the level of an art form. This exhibition will show Honoré Daumier's images which target not only elegant fare and eccentric fads, but also the more mundane aspects of daily meals will be shown. His portrayals of some of the varied stereotypical characters found in the world of cuisine, such as the haughty restaurant proprietor and the downtrodden pork-butcher, will be included as well. This exhibition will also explore some of the political and metaphorical roles that food played in 19th-century French culture and Daumier's art work.

February 4 - April 29, 2001
Making Time: Considering Time as a Material in Contemporary Video & Film
Online exhibition portfolio

What light is to painting, time is to video and film. Organized by the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art and curated by Amy Capellazzo, "Making Time" is an exploration into the way artists working in video and film manipulate or reconfigure time. This exhibition also examines the work of artists who use their consciousness of time - whether accelerated or dilated - as a material and, in some cases, as subject matter.


Dara Friedman, "Total", 16mm
film loop/mixed media, 1998.
Beginning with many influential single-channel video works and early films from the 1960s and early 1970s, "Making Time" traces time-based work through the present, and juxtaposes our various conceptions of time: real time, condensed narratives, imagined time, "slo-mo," the endless loop. In art, time has been connected for centuries to the idea of permanence, and since the 1960s, to performance. But where is time now? In an age where global events are shared worldwide in real time, artists have responded by producing works that challenge our conventional notions of time by altering clocks, memory, constancy, documentation, movements and actions. The artists in "Making Time" explore this territory with a broad range of results. "Making Time" will feature the works of Vito Acconci, Darren Almond, Francis Alÿs, Alex Bag, John Baldessari, Lynda Benglis, Andrea Bowers, Stan Douglas, Fischli/Weiss, Ceal Floyer, Dara Friedman, Gilbert & George, Douglas Gordon, Rodney Graham, Lucy Gunning, Gary Hill, José Antonio Hernández-Diez, Jonathan Horowitz, Shigeko Kubota, David Lamelas, Stephen Murphy, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Peter Sarkisian, Steina, Sam Taylor-Wood, Diana Thater, Type A, and Andy Warhol.



January 23 - April 15, 2001
I'm Thinking of a Place
Curated by Lisa Henry, a graduate student in UCLA's Critical and Curatorial Studies Program, UCLA.
"I'm Thinking of a Place" explores issues of memory and identity, in relationship to a sense of place in the works of contemporary artists. Although landscape as a genre has not generally held a central position in discussions of contemporary art, its underlying connection to issues of national heritage and the formation of identity can be seen in many of the recent works by artists including Lorna Simpson, Gary Simmons, and Kara Walker. Although the works of these artists have typically been discussed in terms of race and gender, symbolically charged imagery of landscape and a haunting sense of place constitute a persistent, powerful aspect of their art. "I'm Thinking of a Place" is curated by Lisa Henry, a graduate student in UCLA's Critical and Curatorial Studies Program. The exhibition and its accompanying brochure are part of her thesis project.



January 23 - April 15, 2001
Putting Pen to Paper: Honoré Daumier and the Literary World
The literary world of 19th-century France was a vibrant and important part of society. As the son of a poet and playwright, Honoré Daumier was exposed to this world early on. Throughout his career, he returned to literary subjects in his prints, drawings, paintings, and sculpture. This exhibition will highlight a range of the different figures and subjects that Daumier explored, from well-known authors such as Victor Hugo and Georges Sand, to fictional characters such as Don Quixote and Robert Macaire, to physiognomic types associated with the 19th -century French literary world such as the "new woman of letters," the bookseller, and the avid reader. This exhibition is drawn from the Armand Hammer Daumier and Contemporaries Collection.



February 4 - April 15, 2001
Hammer Projects: Arturo Herrera
New York City-based artist Arturo Herrera's dynamic abstractions traffic in the associative realm between unconscious and conscious imagery. Combining the manic energy and eye-popping color schemes of Disney cartoons, the psychological projections of Rorshach ink blots, and the fuzzy logic of childhood memories, Herrera's biomorphic abstractions reside on the cusp of the perceived and the imagined. His compositions suggest a range of possible referents and narrative scenarios and yet remain provocatively incomplete, refusing to coalesce into distinctly recognizable images. Herrera's Hammer Project will include a new wall mural, paintings, and cut paper pieces.



February 4 - April 15, 2001
Hammer Projects: Francesca Gabbiani
Los Angeles-based Swiss artist Francesca Gabbiani will create a new work for the Vault Gallery. With incredible attention to textural detail, her imagery stems from a foreigner's perspective of the American landscape, urban and rural, including imagery from 70's environmental wallpapers, and science and travel magazines.



Oct. 4, 2000 – Jan. 7, 2001
The Un-Private House
Press Release

“The Un-Private House” examines 26 recently built homes by a roster of international architects whose designs reflect the transformation of the private house in response to changing cultural conditions and recent architectural innovations. This major exhibition was organized by Terence Riley, Chief Curator, Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. Among the social phenomena—and subsequent architectural responses— that the exhibition examines are changing demographic patterns, shifting definitions of privacy in light of the proliferation of various types of media, and new concepts of work and leisure. “The Un-Private House” includes 25 models, along with computer generated and digitally enhanced photographs and drawings. Architects included in the exhibition are: Shigeru Ban; Michael Bell; Preston Scott Cohen; Xaveer de Geyter Architectenbureau; Francois de Menil; Neil Denari; Diller + Scofidio; Winka Dubbeldam, Archi-Tectonics; Farjadi Farjadi Architects; Guthrie + Buresh Architects; Thomas Hanrahan and Victoria Meyers; Hariri & Hariri; Herzog & de Meuron; Steven Holl Architects; Kolatan/MacDonald Studio; Frank Lupo/Daniel Rowan; MVRDV; Michael Maltzan Architecture; Office for Metropolitan Architecture; Joel Sanders; Scogin Elam and Bray Architects; SANAA/Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa & Associates; Clorindo Testa; Bernard Tschumi; UN Studio/Van Berkel & Bos; and Simon Ungers with Thomas Kinslow.

Link to the Museum of Modern Art, New York's Un-Private House site



Oct. 4, 2000 - Jan. 7, 2001
Live Dangerously
Press release

"Live Dangerously" is an exhibition featuring the work of UCLA faculty members Dana Cuff, Wes Jones, Greg Lynn, Thom Mayne, Dagmar Richter, Robert Somol and Anthony Vidler, curated by Sylvia Lavin, and created in collaboration with graduate students in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA.). The show presents designs for life in the 21st century and will focus on such issues as the integration of new technologies into the domestic setting, contemporary and future modes of manufacturing, and emerging realignments between the public and private spheres. Material on view will include models and drawings of design projects investigating new modes of dwelling from the house of tomorrow to today's ubiquitous hotel room as well as critical investigations into the history and theory of forces currently reconfiguring the domestic environment. The exhibition will demonstrate how the academic context not only trains future generations of architects but also provides a way for critical research to inform the practices of architects working today.



Oct. 4, 2000 - Jan. 7, 2001

Evoking the Spirit: Expressionist Prints and Drawings
from the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts


Expressionist artists found the diversity of media available through printmaking instrumental in their explorations. They exploited the inherent nature of each printmaking method to its full potential. Expressionist subjects ranged from probing psychological portraits to illustrations of uninhibited nude figures set in nature; from idyllic landscapes to congested urban views; and from the study of animal forms to the abstraction and deconstruction of figures and objects.



Oct. 4, 2000 - Jan. 7, 2001

A Grand Spectacle:
Honore Daumier and the 1855 Paris Universal Exposition


Always with an eye on current events, Honoré Daumier devoted a series of forty-two lithographs to the 1855 Universal Exposition, which were published in Le Charivari. His images humorously commented on the variety of exhibitions at the exposition, as well as visitors' not so splendid experiences in dealing with the crowds, the heat, the cultural clashes, and the lack of lodging in Paris. Drawn from the Armand Hammer Daumier and Contemporaries Collection, this exhibition presents Daumier's entire Exposition Universelle series as well as works by other nineteenth-century French artists, including Cham and Charles Vernier.



Oct. 4, 2000 - Jan. 21, 2001
Pentti Monkkonen
Press release

L.A.-based artist Pentti Monkkonen will exhibit a new sculpture in the Museum's Vault Gallery. Monkkonen's buoyantly off-kilter sculptures are absurdist versions of the sorts of miniature amusement park rides that are often seen outside of grocery stores. For his Hammer Project installation, Monkkonen will create a chateau. Monkkonen received his B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1997 and has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.



Oct. 4, 2000 - Jan. 7, 2001
Paul Morrison
Press release

Using botanical guides, children's storybooks, and cartoons as his inspiration and source material, Paul Morrison creates large-scale monochrome landscapes that have been described as "Disney without the characters." Morrison alters our sense of scale, perspective, and positive-negative space to create visually striking compositions. Referencing Pop art and Op art as well as neo-romantic bookplate illustrations and the graphic art of Aubrey Beardsley, Morrison's Pop-naturalist landscapes flirt with abstraction in jarring and unexpectedly seductive ways.



Oct. 4, 2000 - Jan. 7, 2001
Simon Henwood
Press release

British artist and filmmaker Simon Henwood will exhibit a new 3-D computer-animated video entitled Poor Johnny Pumpkin in the Museum's Lobby gallery. Henwood's paintings and mixed-media works explore the complex social and cultural terrain of childhood. Poor Johnny Pumpkin tells the story of a pumpkin-headed boy whose extreme sensitivity to UV light forces him to remain indoors during the daytime. The exhibition will also re-create a portion of Henwood's studio and will include preliminary sketches for his cartoon as well as gouache paintings of adolescent children.



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