Monday, May 10, 2010

Upcoming Exhibitions @ Laguna Art Museum

This week is the LAST WEEK to view Laguna Art Museum's OsCene 2010: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC!

OsCene 2010 is a survey of contemporary art and culture in the OC featuring some of the most provocative painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, multi-media installation, video, architecture, performance, music, and design that Orange County has to offer. Don't miss your chance to see this amazing show before it closes May 16th.

With OsCene soon coming to a close, here is a list of Laguna Art Museum's upcoming exhibitions to look forward to:

Art Shack (June 13 - October 3)
Guest curated by Greg Escalante, Art Shack is a group exhibition in which artists such as Don Ed Hardy, Shag, Paul Frank, and Mike Shine combine art and architecture. Explore surf shacks, tattoo huts, retro shanties and more, and immerse yourself in 25 different worlds created by the artists.

Artists in California (On display now through October 3, 2010)
The show features select works from Northern and Southern California artists included in the Museum's permanent collection. Laguna Art Museum's collection consists of works from the early nineteenth century to the present day and features significant examples from all periods of California art.

Artists in California represents art from the early twentieth century and includes artists William Wendt, Joseph Kleitsch, Matteo Sandonà, Charles Rollo Peters, Frank Cuprien, Granville Redmond, Donna Schuster, and Mabel Alvarez, among others. Alvarez's In the Garden is the most recent gift to the collection from Nancy Dustin Wall Moure.

John Paul Jones (October 31, 2010-January 23, 2011)
John Paul Jones will be a retrospective, from the Museum's extensive collection of his work, in the California and Steele galleries, and will be curated by Mike McGee, Professor of Art, California State University, Fullerton. This exhibition will be on display the same time as Roscoe Shrader, Sean Duffy: Searcher, and Master Strokes.

E. Roscoe Shrader (October 31, 2010-January 23, 2011)
A dynamic and influential teacher and leader in the arts for three decades, E. Roscoe Shrader produced colorful, post-impressionistic paintings-landscapes, figures, and still lifes-that when exhibited elicited praise from critics and patrons alike. Included in the exhibition will be examples of Shrader's illustration work, paintings from his time with the New Hope colony, and California works from the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition will be curated by Curator of Collections Janet Blake, who wrote one of the essays on Shrader for the book published by George Stern Fine Arts. The exhibition will be in four galleries on the main level of the Museum, and will be on display at the same time as John Paul Jones, Sean Duffy: Searcher, and Master Strokes.

Sean Duffy: Searcher (October 31, 2010-January 23, 2011)
Artist Sean Duffy will take a journey that will make its way to his exhibition at the Museum. The story of this journey will unfold over four distinct spaces: the curb just outside the main entrance; the lobby, which is visible from the street; the stairway and Brief Gallery; and Segerstrom Gallery. Each space will contain separate elements linked by the story. All the elements in Duffy's installation are connected by his history, whether through elements or interests from past bodies of work (e.g. turntables, vinyl records, cars, modern design, fuel containers, etc.) or autobiography. Together, they map a progression toward a deeper understanding of Duffy's particular place and time, as well as a personal observation of Southern California.

Master Strokes: Selections from Laguna Beach Plein Air Association Signature Members (October 31, 2010-January 23, 2011)
Master Strokes will be curated by Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum. The exhibition will consist of the best work by Laguna Plein Air Painters Association signature members. Master Strokes will be in the upstairs gallery of the Museum and on display at the same time as John Paul Jones, Roscoe Shrader, and Sean Duffy: Searcher.

Noguchi East Meets West (February 27-May 15, 2011)
Isamu Noguchi (b. Los Angeles, 1904 and d. 1988) is a well-known figure both in the art world and in the design world. Although Noguchi was born in Los Angeles, this will be the first retrospective exhibition of his work to be shown in California.

Noguchi East Meets West is an exhibition that consists of approximately 50 sculptures and 50 drawings, spanning just over sixty years of Noguchi's career dating from 1927-1988. The works in this exhibition are drawn largely from the Noguchi Museum in New York. This exhibition is organized by the Noguchi Museum in New York, and will be on display at Laguna Art Museum the same time as California Scenario: The Courage of Imagination.

California Scenario (February 27-May 15, 2011)
Situated between two office towers at South Coast Plaza Town Center in Costa Mesa, is Noguchi's California Scenario (1980-1982), a 1.6 acre metaphorical abstraction of California's natural resources. Comprised of trees, plants, water, and sculpture, the garden is a space filled with beauty and tranquility. Commissioned by developer and philanthropist, Henry Segerstrom, Isamu Noguchi offered a plan that challenged everyone's notions of a garden.

California Scenario: The Courage of Imagination will feature a model of the park, memorabilia, photographs, and film footage of Noguchi's California Scenario. This exhibition will be guest curated by Bonnie Rychlak who is the curator at the Noguchi Museum in New York. Rychlak has been curating exhibitions internationally and writing on Noguchi since 1996. This exhibition will be on display at Laguna Art Museum the same time as Noguchi East Meets West.

Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1969 (October 29, 2011-January 29, 2012)
Little has been done on the contributions of the art department at University of California, Irvine, from its inception through the late 1960s. However, during this period, UCI harbored a group of the most advanced artists, students, and art writers on the West Coast. UCI's first gallery director was the artist and critic John Coplans, who was appointed in 1965, the same year that Artforum, for whom Coplans was a writer/editor, moved its headquarters from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

Coplans was instrumental in bringing Philip Leider (editor in chief of Artforum, 1962-1971) and Barbara Rose (author of American Art Since 1900) to the faculty at UCI. In addition, Tony DeLap, one of the founding members of the art faculty, relocated from San Francisco along with John McCracken to teach there. Others drawn to the faculty included Vija Celmins, Robert Irwin, and Craig Kauffman. MFA students at the time included Michael Asher, Chris Burden, Jay McCafferty, and Alexis Smith. Artists like James Turrell (DeLap's studio assistant) and Frank Stella (at the time Barbara Rose's husband) contributed to the cultural ambiance of the campus at the time as well.

The exhibition Best Kept Secret will bring together the work of these seminal artists from this critical period, drawing connections between their work and contextualizing it in light of other developments in California and in the rest of the nation. In addition, Best Kept Secret will examine the impact UCI had on the roots of the Finish Fetish and Light and Space movements, performance, video, and conceptualism, as well as the development of the art programs

Clarence Hinkle: And the California Progressive Movement (Spring 2012)
A native Californian, Clarence Hinkle had a career as an artist and teacher that spanned several decades. Although associated with other American impressionists from California, Hinkle's work from the period of the 1920s sets him apart from other artists of his generation. Born in Auburn in 1880, Hinkle began his studies at the Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento, followed by classes at the California School of Design in Sacramento. He traveled east, studying at the Art Students League in New York and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia where he won the Cresson Traveling Scholarship. The scholarship afforded him the opportunity to study in Paris for six years, attending both the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Académie Colarossi. After returning to the United States in 1912, he lived in San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles in 1917, where he began teaching at the Los Angeles School of Art and Design. Four years later, he accepted a position at the newly founded Chouinard School of Art.

Above Image: Suzanne Walsh, Flying Away, 2009, on display in OsCene 2010: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC

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