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Celebrating 50 Years Of Sculpture, More

Published: October 15, 2015

The 1965 California International Sculpture Symposium, held on the CSULB campus, was the first international sculpture symposium to be held in the United States, first on a college campus, and first to partner artists with industry to create innovative sculptures using new materials and technologies.

The commemoration of the symposium includes a conference—FAR-SITED: Creating & Conserving Art in Public Places—which runs Oct. 16-18. For three days, CSULB, in collaboration with The Getty Conservation Institute and the Museum of Latin American Art, will host artists, conservationists, educators, students and the general public from around the world to discuss new trends in public art, the use of new materials and technology, and the role of conservation for art in the public realm, along with other related topics. Nationally renowned arts professionals will engage in curated panels and presentations for audiences.

In addition to the conference, as part of the 50-year anniversary, CSULB is commemorating this prodigious time in other ways through the FAR-SITED: Sculpture Symposia 1965/2015 project.

The University Art Museum (UAM) has partnered with The Getty Conservation Institute and Rosa Lowinger and Associates to conserve key pieces in the CSULB Outdoor Sculpture Collection on campus. The collaboration includes studying each work and determining its conservation needs, from basic washing to more complex corrections. Several sculptures have already been completed, including Homage to David Smith by Robert Murray, located near the campus bookstore, and Homage to Sam Rodia, the CSULB sculpture on 7th Street made of 19 concrete blocks. Additional projects are in the planning stages and the UAM hopes to raise money to conserve the entire collection.

The UAM is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the symposium with an extensive art exhibition. Titled Far-Sited: California International Sculpture Symposium 1965/2015, it is a showcase of work by artists from the initial event, as well as documents, photographs and documentaries about this extraordinary time.

“We’re looking at a history of the symposium to give people an idea of what actually happened here in 1965,” said UAM interim Director Brian Trimble. “We have features on each of the artists…and then we take a look at some of the types of things that came after the symposium as well.”

The FAR-SITED exhibition at CSULB opened Sept. 12 and runs through Dec. 13. For additional information, visit www.far-sited.org.

–Susan C. Mills