Final Exhibit in “It Happened at Pomona” Opens

The Pomona College Museum of Art will open the third and final
exhibition of “It Happened At Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles
1969-1973” tomorrow. The series features radical art created at Pomona approximately 40 years ago. Because of Spring Break, the official opening reception
will not be held until March 24.

“Part Three: At Pomona” concludes the
sequence with a look Pomona’s own: studio art faculty and students majoring in studio art who were at the college between ’69 and ’73. It will unite and expand on the first two
segments, which focused on the innovative curatorial programs of museum
directors Hal Glicksman and Helene Winter, by presenting works influenced by
the artistic atmospheres that Glicksman and Winter generated. The series is designed
by Pomona’s current curator, Rebecca McGrew, and by Glen Philips, Principal
Project Specialist and curator at the Getty Research Institute.

McGrew, who has been researching for
the series since 2007, is excited to unveil this final piece celebrating the
arts community of the college.

“Some of the most famous Pomona alumni artists
came through during this time,” McGrew said. “It is interesting to see how
professors inspired students.”

Highlights of the exhibit include five
rarely seen sculptures by Mowry Baden, a re-creation of Michael Brewster’s
Configuration 010 Audio Activity, a re-creation of one of Hap Tivey’s Light and
Space works, the complete set of Lewis Baltz’s Tract House photographs and a
large section of Judi Fiskin’s Stucco photographs. Art majors may appreciate
the legacies of conceptualism and minimalism present in the series—clearly
influenced by Glicksman and Winter—while those less versed in modern art will
still enjoy the interactive elements of the exhibit. Barton’s sculptures are
what McGrew refers to as “performative” art, or pieces contingent on the
collaboration of object and viewer (to the layperson, this means you can
finally touch stuff in an art gallery without being yelled at). Brewster’s sound
piece will also intrigue viewers—or rather, listeners—with its curious
clicks that emanate from an invisible source.

The exhibition will also feature a
bronze sculpture created by Chris Burden during his sophomore year at Pomona,
two minimalist chrome and polished lacquer sculptures by David Gray,
process-oriented stain paintings from Peter Shelton’s senior show at Pomona, a
documentation of a spectacular flare performance by James Turrell (designer of
SkySpace) and two major
paintings from Guy Williams’s “Hatch” series.

The Museum will host an artist conversation
between artist–alumn Chris Burden and art historian Dr. Thomas Crow the day of the exhibit’s opening reception. Burden and Crow
were classmates in the Class of 1969.

“Burden is one of the most famous
contemporary artists working today… and he very rarely gives public talks,” McGrew said. She encourages all students interested in modern art to take advantage
of this event.

The
artist conversation will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Rose Hills Theatre, and
an opening reception will follow at the Museum from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Part Three: At Pomona” will remain on display through
May 13.

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