Faculty member John Tain curates "Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950-1980," holds symposium at Getty Research Institute


Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980
October 1, 2011–February 5, 2012

Getty Research Institute Exhibition Gallery
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

John Tain, a professor for the MA Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program, has recently curated Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980—a Pacific Standard Time exhibition rooted in the archival holdings of Getty Research Institute's Special Collections.

Tain is also holding Artists & Archives: A Pacific Standard Time Symposium in conjunction with the aforementioned exhibition on Saturday, November 12, 2011, 1:00–6:00 p.m. in the Museum Lecture Hall at The Getty Center. A panel of artists and scholars explores the ways contemporary artists incorporate archives into their work. Invited speakers include artists George Herms, Suzanne Lacy, and Mario Garcia Torres, and scholar Sven Spieker. This symposium is organized by the Getty Research Institute in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art.

Beginning in the 1950s, Southern California saw the emergence of newly diverse audiences for art. While gallerists cultivated collectors, Beat artists Wallace Berman and George Herms distributed handcrafted works among friends. Others, including Chris Burden, exploited the mass media to circulate their work. Art schools became innovative forums for artists such as Judy Chicago and John Baldessari. Social and political movements that championed peace and feminism mobilized artists to take their messages to the streets. Drawn from the Getty Research Institute's archives of Los Angeles art, this exhibition features photographs, ephemera, correspondence, and artwork—many on view for the first time—that reveal how these artists disseminated their works to a broader public.

This exhibition is organized by the Getty Research Institute.

Image: Allen Ruppersberg, Greetings from L.A.: A Novel, 1972. Offset lithograph. Self-published book. 8 x 5 1/4 x 11/16 in. The Getty Research Institute, 90-B12310.c1. © Allen Ruppersberg