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Where Art Might Happen

The Early Years of CalArts

01.07.-20.09.2020 19:00


 

Kunsthaus Graz, Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz

 

Press tour: 11.03.2020, 11 am
Duration: 01.07.–20.09.2020

 

Curated and organized by Philipp Kaiser and Christina Végh for the Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover. In collaboration with Katrin Bucher Trantow and Barbara Steiner, Kunsthaus Graz.

Exhibition Design: studio-itzo: Martina Schiller, Rainer Stadlbauer

 

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About the exhibition

This group exhibition presents the legendary founding years (1970–1980) of the American art university ‘California Institute of the Arts’ (CalArts), which gathered numerous well-known teachers and personalities such as Allan Kaprow, Judy Chicago, John Baldessari or Alison Knowles and brought forth such artists as Mike Kelly, Stephen Prina or Suzanne Lacy. The exhibition with the title Where Art Might Happen. The Early Years of CalArts opens up a multi-perspectival view of the college: trends existing in parallel that came from Concept Art, feminism and Fluxus, as well as the school’s radical pedagogical concepts, were unified for the first time. Besides artworks and archive material prepared by experts, oral history interviews with 13 artists were filmed for the exhibition, offering insights into the situation at the time. The exhibition was curated by Philipp Kaiser (independent curator, Los Angeles) and Christina Végh (Director of the Kestner Gesellschaft). The exhibition was a research project in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin (Prof. Dr. Annette Jael Lehmann, Verena Kittel) and metaLAB (at) Harvard, Boston (Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Schnapp, Kim Albrecht) and was on show in the Kestner Gesellschaft in Hannover from August 30 to November 10, 2019. From July to September 2020 the group show will be on display in the Kunsthaus Graz, where Barbara Steiner and Karin Bucher Trantow will strengthen the curatorial team and point out links to Austrian developments in a lavish accompanying programme.

 

Participating artists: Michael Asher, John Baldessari, Ericka Beckman, Ross Bleckner, Barbara Bloom, Troy Brauntuch, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Klaus vom Bruch, Judy Chicago, Eric Fischl, Simone Forti, Jack Goldstein, Douglas Huebler, Stephan von Huene, Allan Kaprow, Mike Kelley, Alison Knowles, Suzanne Lacy, Daniel Joseph Martinez, John Miller, Susan Mogul, Matt Mullican, Ann Noël, Tony Oursler, Nam June Paik, Stephen Prina, Charlemagne Palestine, Anthony Ramos,  Ulrike Rosenbach, David Salle, Miriam Schapiro, Mira Schor, Jim Shaw, Wolfgang Stoerchle, Mitchell Syrop, Carrie Mae Weems, James Welling, Faith Wilding, Christopher Williams, Emmett Williams und Gäste Richard Kriesche, Margot Pilz et. al.

Press release

Images

Publication is permitted exclusively in the context of announcements and reviews related to the exhibition. Please avoid any cropping of the images. Thank you for crediting the photographs according to the enclosed indications.

Installation views for download are available here Expand Box

Material


Installation view "Where Art Might Happen", 2020,
Installation view "Where Art Might Happen", 2020,

Photo: Kunsthaus Graz/M. Grabner


Ausstellungsansicht-Wo-Kunst-geschehen-kann-01.jpg (1.9 MB)

Installation view "Where Art Might Happen", 2020,
Installation view "Where Art Might Happen", 2020,

Photo: Kunsthaus Graz/M. Grabner


Ausstellungsansicht-Wo-Kunst-geschehen-kann-02.jpg (2.2 MB)

Installation view "Where Art Might Happen", 2020,
Installation view "Where Art Might Happen", 2020,

Photo: Kunsthaus Graz/M. Grabner


Ausstellungsansicht-Wo-Kunst-geschehen-kann-03.jpg (1.76 MB)

Installation view "Where Art Might Happen", 2020,
Installation view "Where Art Might Happen", 2020,

Photo: Kunsthaus Graz/M. Grabner


Ausstellungsansicht-Wo-Kunst-geschehen-kann-04.jpg (1.9 MB)

Installation view "Where Art Might Happen", 2020,
Installation view "Where Art Might Happen", 2020,

Photo: Kunsthaus Graz/M. Grabner


Ausstellungsansicht-Wo-Kunst-geschehen-kann-05.jpg (1.8 MB)

Images for download are available here Expand Box

Material


Judy Chicago, "Orange Atmosphere", 1969,
Judy Chicago, "Orange Atmosphere", 1969,

Performance in Brookside Park, Pasadena, CA, © Judy Chicago/Bildrecht, Vienna 2020, photo: Through the Flower Archives, Courtesy of the artist; Salon 94, New York; Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco


Judy-Chicago-Orange-Atmosphere-1969.jpg (2.28 MB)

Carrie Mae Weems, "Mom at Work; Family Pictures and Stories" 1981-82,
Carrie Mae Weems, "Mom at Work; Family Pictures and Stories" 1981-82,

© Carrie Mae Weems, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY


Carrie-Mae-Weems-Mama-At-Work-1981-82.jpg (1.16 MB)

Eric Fischl, "Young Revolutionaries", 1979,
Eric Fischl, "Young Revolutionaries", 1979,

Courtesy of the artist and Appletree Collection, © 2020 Eric Fischl/Bildrecht, Vienna 2020


Eric-Fischl-Young-Revolutionaries-1979.jpg (1.64 MB)

Ericka Beckman, "We Imitate; We Break Up", 1978,
Ericka Beckman, "We Imitate; We Break Up", 1978,

from: Trilogy Hit and Run, 1977, Courtesy of the artist


Ericka-Beckman-We-imitate-we-break-up-1978.jpg (0.65 MB)

John Baldessari, "Teaching a Plant the Alphabet", 1972,
John Baldessari, "Teaching a Plant the Alphabet", 1972,

Courtesy John Baldessari


John-Baldessari-Teaching-a-Plant-the-alphabet-1972.jpg (1.07 MB)

Matt Mullican, "Untitled (Set of 8 Stick Figures)", 1974,
Matt Mullican, "Untitled (Set of 8 Stick Figures)", 1974,

© Matt Mullican, Courtesy Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich


Matt-Mullican-Untitled-1974.jpg (0.7 MB)

Mitchell Syrop, Tony Oursler, "Acute Hearing", 1979,
Mitchell Syrop, Tony Oursler, "Acute Hearing", 1979,

Action: Mitchell Syrop, photo: Tony Oursler, Courtesy of the artists


Mitchell-Syrop-Tony-Oursler-Acute-Hearing-1979-Foto-Action.jpg (1.81 MB)

Suzanne Lacy, "Three Weeks in May", Los Angeles 1977,
Suzanne Lacy, "Three Weeks in May", Los Angeles 1977,

Courtesy Suzanne Lacy Studio


Suzanne-Lacy-Three-Week-in-May-Los-Angeles-1977.jpg (1.89 MB)

Tony Oursler, "Son of oil", 1982,
Tony Oursler, "Son of oil", 1982,

Courtesy Tony Oursler Studio, Lehman Maupin and Lisson Gallery


Tony-Oursler-Son-of-oil-1982.jpg (2.09 MB)

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