Courtesy of Nancy Frank

Neal Small exhibition at Frank Bros., 1969 Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2009.M.19)

David Lamelas, the artist, with Piel Rosa (Pink Skin) (1965/1997). Installation view, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, for the exhibition, A New Refutation of Time, co-curated by Dirk Snauwaert and Bartomeu Marí. © David Lamelas

Robert Irwin
Drawing for Window Wall
Cal-State Long Beach, 1975
Ink, pencil, and marker on paper
23 x 31 3/4 inches
© Robert W. Irwin


Frank Brothers: The Store that Modernized Modern

January 28 – April 9, 2017

Celebrating a little-known chapter in the history of California modernism, the University Art Museum at CSULB presents Frank Bros.: The Store that Modernized Modern. On view from January 28–April 9, 2017, the exhibition relates the story of Southern California’s largest and most prominent mid-century retailer of modern furniture and design. Based in Long Beach from 1938–1982, Frank Bros. embodied the optimistic post-war ethos of the American consumer, bringing fresh and exciting designs to the public not only through well-sourced inventory but with an innovative program of advertising, mailers, exhibitions and off-site custom interiors. As an exemplar of California modernism, Frank Bros. fueled and shaped the market for good design.

Frank Bros.: The Store that Modernized Modern investigates the legacy of a store that blurred the boundaries between art and commerce and functioned as a laboratory for new ideas in interior design, marketing and public relations. Guest-curated by Cara Mullio and Jennifer M. Volland, the exhibition draws largely from the Frank Brothers archives at the Getty Research Institute and the Frank family personal collection. Highlights include original artwork and graphic material, newly uncovered Julius Shulman color photographs, and furniture designs by Neal Small, Stacy Dukes, and Charles and Ray Eames.This exhibition was made possible by the Museum Studies Program and the College of the Arts at California State University, Long Beach; the CSULB Instructionally Related Activities Fund; the Ware Endowment; the Charles and Elizabeth Brooks Endowment; the Constance W. Glenn Fund for Exhibitions and Education Programs; the Bess J. Hodges Foundation; Ronald and Sylvia Hartman and Linda Haley and Marvin Zamost.

Join us for the opening reception of this highly anticipated exhibition. University Art Museum receptions are free and open to the public. Parking is $7.00. RSVP here.

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David Lamelas: A Life of Their Own

The University Art Museum (UAM) will organize the first monographic exhibition in the U.S. on the Argentine-born artist David Lamelas as part of the Getty Pacific Standard Time Initiative LA/LA. Best known as a pioneer of conceptual art, Lamelas gained international acclaim for his work in the 1968 Venice Biennale, Office of Information about the Vietnam War at Three Levels. After moving to Los Angeles in 1976, Lamelas participated in the Long Beach Museum's influential video arts program, and his ongoing conceptual practice influenced an emerging circle of L.A. artists. Since 1988, Lamelas has divided his time among various cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Brussels, Berlin, and Paris, and the nomadic nature of his practice has been an important influence on his creative production. The UAM exhibition will showcase the extraordinary breadth of his practice—encompassing post-minimalist sculpture, photography, and video installations and films—presenting many of his key works in the U.S. for the first time.

About the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 60 cultural institutions from Santa Barbara to San Diego, and from Los Angeles to Palm Springs. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

For more infromation about the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.

Robert Irwin: Site Determined, Curated by Dr. Matthew Simms

January 27 – April 15, 2018

Robert Irwin: Site Determined is the first exhibition to explore four decades of the artist’s outdoor environmental projects through his drawings and architectural models. Starting with Irwin’s 1975 drawing for Window Wall, his first outdoor sculpture, the exhibition traces the gradually widening scope of Irwin’s art through such ambitious projects as his Arts Enrichment Master Plan for the Miami International Airport and his Central Garden at the J. Paul Getty Center. The exhibition culminates with twenty drawings and an architectural model for one of Irwin’s most important site determined works to date in Marfa, Texas. From one drawing to the next, and from one project to the next, the exhibition visitor will discover an expansion of aesthetic range as well as a gradually increasing chromatic freedom.

All events are free and open to the public. For a list of current exhibitions programming here.

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