September 8−December 13, 2015
In the Fall of 2015, the UAM will present FAR-SITED, an archival exhibition that explores the first international sculpture symposium held in the United States and the nine monumental modernist sculptures realized during the summer of 1965 on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The brainchild of Sculpture professor, Ken Glenn, the California International Sculpture Symposium was a significant undertaking in the history of modern public art in the United States. Not only was it the first sculpture symposium held in the country, it was the first to occur on a college campus, and the first to create partnerships with industry to explore technology and new materials, inspiring the 1967−71 Art and Technology initiative at LACMA.
The exhibition will explores the history of the symposium through preliminary maquetes and sketches, photographs, newspapers and journals, personal letters, post−symposium publications, and other ephemera from the archives of the University Art Museum and CSULB Library Special Collections. The archives, never on display before, will explore the behind−the−scenes dynamics of what it took to actualize this historical event. Since 1965, the Outdoor Sculpture Collection has grown to twenty−six works. The collection is an integral aspect of the CSULB campus, which is known for its mid−century architecture by campus master planner and Case Study House Architect Edward A. Killingsworth (1917−2004).
For more information on the FAR-SITED project, please visit far−sited.org.