ICI invited its patrons to a private reception in the Bronx Museum on Sunday, September 8th 2013. The guests were treated to a private tour of the critically-acclaimed exhibition State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 led by Sergio Bessa, the Museum’s Director of Curatorial Programs, and Renaud Proch, Executive Director of ICI. The event concluded with a mimosa brunch for the invitees in the Museum’s terrace.
State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 is curated by Constance Lewallen and Karen Moss and co-organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The exhibition is a thorough investigation of seminal conceptual and related avant-garde activities among California artists in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the critical interchange between them. While these artists emerged concurrently with those in other parts of the world, many still remain lesser known than their East Coast and European counterparts. State of Mind identifies and investigates California artists’ significant contributions in Conceptual art, video, performance and installation. The exhibition demonstrates the significant changes in artistic practice that coincided with the burgeoning number of art schools and university art departments, nonprofit art spaces, alternative galleries and artist-run spaces and publications that not only provided exhibition opportunities but, in the relative absence of commercial support, also created a community that fostered an exchange of radical forms and ideas.