PROFESSIONAL ARTS ON THE CAMPUS OF
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES

Saturday
Sep092017

pacific standard time: La/LA

Jamie Muñoz, Fin, acrylic on panel, 4' x 3', 2011


Opening Reception: Sunday, September 10, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM.

How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney is an attempt to engage with the idea that there are no clean boundaries in art, culture, and geography, and to deconstruct how such notions are formed and disputed. For over seventy-five years, the Walt Disney Company has continuously looked to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America for content, narratives, and characters, beginning with Donald Duck’s first role in the Mexican-themed Don Donald (1937). The 1971 text by Chilean scholars Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart—Para leer al Pato Donald—considered Disney comic books as a form of cultural imperialism, and the curators have used its arguments as a starting point to show that Disney cannot be seen as something simply exported to the rest of the Americas, and passively received. Like any other cultural force or mythology in Latin America, Disney imagery has always been quickly reinterpreted, assimilated, adapted, cannibalized, syncretized, and subverted in popular culture and the fine arts.

Spanning painting, photography, graphic work, drawing, sculpture, and video, as well as folk art and vernacular objects, joint exhibitions at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House and the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA explore this history and the ways Latin American artists have responded to, played with, re-appropriated, and misappropriated Disney iconography.


Exhibition Dates: September 09 - January 14, 2017

Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday & Saturday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

Admission to the Luckman Gallery is free of charge.

 


Saturday
Feb032018

Robert Hudson

 

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Robert Hudson has been a force in the art world for more than 50 years. Uncharacteristic of the complex, illusionistic, polychrome constructions for which he is best known, the historic body of minimalist work on view at the Luckman demonstrates his broad artistic range.

While an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley, Hudson was given access  to a nearby government surplus yard. The facility was stocked with every imaginable object: massive convex mirrors from ships, thick discs of glass, navigation devices, beautifully machined equipment parts, steel eye beams, aluminum tubing, sheets of stainless steel, squares of black rubber, and slabs of magnesium. He worked alone at the UC metal shop, crafting the sculptures by hand. The yard became his main source of material from 1968 to 1971.

His work is included as part of the collections in The National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC; the de Young Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands. 


Exhibition Dates: February 03 - April 14, 2017

Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday & Saturday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

Admission to the Luckman Gallery is free of charge.

Saturday
Apr282018

ETHAN RUSSELL

 

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Presented in conjuction with his stage show entitled The Best Seat In The House, a retrospective exhibition of acclaimed photographer Ethan Russell’s prolific career will be on display in the Luckman Gallery. 

In 1968, Ethan Russell was a young American with a Nikon camera living in London and aspiring to become a writer. A few years later he was one of the foremost rock and roll photographers in the world. He is the only photographer to have shot album covers for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who.  

Hired as the photographer for The Rolling Stones 1969 American tour, The San Francisco Chronicle described him as “one of only 16 people on the tour, including the band. With unprecedented access to The Rolling Stones, he captured photos that have become classics.” 

For years, Russell’s images documented a virtual “who’s who” in rock and roll history: Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, The Moody Blues, Cream, Traffic, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Rickie Lee Jones, Rosanne Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carlos Santana, and Phil Everly, among many many others. As Rolling Stones guitarist Bill Wyman said, “Ethan has taken some of the greatest pictures in rock and roll… maybe the greatest ever.”

 

Exhibition Dates: April 28 - May 26, 2018

Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday & Saturday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

Admission to the Luckman Gallery is free of charge.

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