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UAM Receives Joint Grant Award as Part of Getty Art Initiative

Published: December 15, 2008

Auralynn Adams Kelly
Photo courtesy of Charles Lauren Films
Attending the recent press conference to announce the grant were (l-r) Christopher Scoates, UAM director; Alice Hutchison, UAM curator of exhibitions; Ron Nelson, LBMA director; F. King Alexander, CSULB president; and Robert Swayze, economic development bureau manager for Long Beach.

To showcase Long Beach’s central role in the development of video art, the Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) and the University Art Museum (UAM) at CSULB have been awarded a $175,000 Getty Foundation grant as part of Getty’s multi-year initiative, “Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980.”

This unprecedented series of concurrent exhibitions will be displayed at museums throughout Southern California in 2011 and 2012 to highlight the post-World War II Los Angeles art scene. As part of this initiative, LBMA and UAM will use the grant to collaboratively research and develop exhibitions that will explore Long Beach’s video art scene.

Alice Hutchison, UAM curator of exhibitions and co-curator of Long Beach’s exhibition, said the collaboration is the first partnership between the two museums. She recently organized “art/tapes/22,” which was on loan from the Venice Biennale archives, as well as the UAM’s sculpture-video installation “Aniwaniwa.”

“Following the Getty’s ‘California Video’ exhibition and UAM’s ‘art/tapes/22,’ this is a timely occasion to re-examine the vast international holdings of the LBMA Video Archive at the Getty Research Institute and explore the relationships formed with a number of international artists who came to Long Beach to use its production facilities and often exhibited their work in the U.S. for the first time,” said Hutchison.

The working title of the LBMA/UAM exhibition is “Exchange and Evolution: World Wide Video/Long Beach,” which alludes to the international networks forged with artists and other institutions during the 1970s and the subsequent 20 years. During that time, Long Beach became ground zero for the development of video art internationally, contributing to the “post-medium” landscape of contemporary international art that we know today.

The other curator for Long Beach’s Pacific Standard Time exhibition is Kathy Rae Huffman, who served as video coordinator and curator at LBMA from 1978-84 where she oversaw the Video Annex, visiting artists programs and numerous ground-breaking exhibitions. Huffman has had an extensive international career since, and is currently based in Manchester and Berlin.

“This exhibition is an incredible opportunity to explore the exchange and evolution of LBMA’s exciting experimental video era and discover the legacy of its enormous activity,” said Huffman. “The exhibitions at LBMA and UAM will also bring to light the important collaborations with numerous arts organization locally, regionally and internationally who collectively played a significant role in the development of the video art discourse.”

The curators are joined by renowned artist Nancy Buchanan, who has worked in video and media since the early 1970s as an extension of performance and installation. Buchanan also actively participated in the LA Woman’s Building and produced work at the LBMA Video Annex.

Carrie Lambert-Beatty, assistant professor of history of art and architecture, and visual and environmental studies at Harvard University, will provide a further academic perspective on the project. Glenn Phillips from the Getty Research Institute will serve as an adviser and facilitate access to the LBMA Video Archive. He recently curated the renowned exhibition “California Video” at the Getty Center.

CSULB President F. King Alexander believes it is important for the university to further develop its relationship with LBMA as part of its overall goal to expand its connection to Long Beach’s art community.

“It’s important that Cal State Long Beach share in strengthening Long Beach’s art community, as we have done in many other areas within the city. There’s currently a great synergy of discussion right here in Long Beach regarding the future, and Cal State Long Beach wants to be a part of every bit of this dialogue,” said Alexander. “There is so much talent at the Long Beach Art Museum and on our campus, and these types of collaborations are among the best ways to generate additional support, interest, tourism and economic development for our city. We want people to come to Long Beach and see it as one of the nation’s great art communities.”

The LBMA/UAM exhibition will be displayed at both museums as well as other venues throughout the region. A publication will be designed to accompany the exhibition.