Please join ICI, Constance Lewallen, and William Wegman for a special conversation on Tuesday, April 3, from 6:30- 8pm.
Constance Lewallen, co-curator of State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, and William Wegman, pioneer video artist, conceptualist, photographer, painter, and writer, will discuss Californian artists’ significant contributions in Conceptual art, video, performance, and installation art in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Rarely seen Wegman videos will be screened, followed by a conversation about the artist’s early work and those with whom he associated.
Constance Lewallen lives and works in San Francisco, California, where she is adjunct curator at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. As senior curator there from 1998 to 2007, she curated many national and international traveling exhibitions, including Joe Brainard (2001); Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (2001); Everything Matters: Paul Kos, a Retrospective (2003); Ant Farm 1968–1978 (2004, co-curated with Steve Seid); and A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s (2007). In 2009 she organized Allen Ruppersberg: You and Me or the Art of Give and Take at the Santa Monica Museum; and she co-curated State of Mind: New California Art ca. 1970, with Karen Moss of the Orange County Museum, which opened in 2011. Lewallen has written many essays and articles, and also edited the book Exileé and Temps Morts: Selected Works by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (2009).
William Wegman was born in 1943 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He received a B.F.A. in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston in 1965 and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana in 1967. From 1968 to 1970 he taught at the University of Wisconsin. In the fall of 1970 he moved to Southern California where he taught for one year at California State College, Long Beach. By the early 70s, Wegman’s work was being exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. In addition to solo shows with Sonnabend Gallery in Paris and New York, Situation Gallery in London and Konrad Fisher Gallery in Dusseldorf , his work was included in such seminal exhibitions as When Attitudes Become Form, and Documenta V and regularly featured in Interfunktionen, Artforum and Avalanche.
Numerous retrospectives of Wegman’s work have been made among them Wegman’s World, which opened at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis in 1981 and toured the United States and William Wegman: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, Videotapes, which opened at the Kunstmuseum, Lucerne in 1990 traveling to venues across Europe and the United States including the Pompidou Center, Paris and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. More recent exhibitions have included retrospectives in Sweden, Japan, Korea and Spain and, most recently the exhibition Funney/Strange, which opened at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 2006 with a catalogue published by Yale University, making its final stop at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus in the fall of 2007. William Wegman lives in New York and Maine where he continues to make videos, to take photographs and to make drawings and paintings.
State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, an exhibition 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.
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Constance M. Lewallen is adjunct curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive where she has curated many major exhibitions, including The Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982) (2001); Everything Matters: Paul Kos, a Retrospective (2003); Ant Farm, 1968-1978 (2004); A Rose Has No Teeth: Bruce Nauman in the 1960s (2007), all of which toured nationally and internationally and were accompanied by catalogues. In 2009 she curated Allen Ruppersberg: You and Me or the Art of Give and Take for the Santa Monica Museum of Art.