State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970 at the Bronx Museum

Linda Mary Montano, Chicken Dance: The Streets of San Francisco, 1972. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Mitchell Payne.

On View June 23 – September 8, 2013

State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970 opens on June 23, 2013, at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the only East Coast venue to present the exhibition that explores the emergence of conceptual art in California in the 1960s and 70s. Co-curated by Constance M. Lewallen and Karen Moss, and initially developed as part of the Getty Foundation’s collaborative exhibition series Pacific Standard Time, State of Mind features artists who played a seminal role in the emergence of “California Conceptualism.” Works in the exhibition exemplify the unrestricted style of the era, when art was produced for alternative audiences and outside of artists’ studios—in the streets, at artist-run galleries, and in other non-traditional spaces. State of Mind features video, film, photography, installation, artist’s books, drawings, sculpture, and extensive performance documentation and ephemera, and includes Chris Burden, Lynn Hershman, Linda Mary Montano, Martha Rosler, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha and many more.

Sunday, June 23
Opening Reception from 2-5pm
Bronx Museum Members Tour with State of Mind curators and artists from 1-5pm
Performance of Sons of War Games by Darryl Sapien from 2:30-4pm (2nd floor, North Wing terrace)
Performance by AIM artist Alejandro Guzmán at 4:30pm (1st floor, North Wing Gallery)

For more information on State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970 at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, please visit the official Bronx Museum website here.

October 3, 2013 - January 12, 2014

1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY


Constance M Lewallen

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.

Karen Moss

Karen Moss is an art historian, curator, educator and writer based in Los Angeles, where she is Professor of Critical Studies and Director of the MA Curatorial Program at USC Roski School of Art and Design. In addition to serving as the consulting curator for Talking to Action, she also co-curated State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 an exhibition for the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time /Los Angeles that opened at Orange County Museum of Art and Berkeley Art Museum, that was toured by ICI to the Belkin Gallery at University of British Columbia, SITE Santa Fe and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.  Moss has held senior curatorial and education positions at Orange County Museum of Art; San Francisco Art Institute; Santa Monica Museum of Art and Walker Art Center. Earlier in her career she worked at MoCA, Los Angeles, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum. Moss received her BA in art history and studio art from UC Santa Cruz, attended the MA program in history of art at UC Berkeley, then received her MA and PhD degrees in art history from USC. She lectures frequently and has authored numerous essays for exhibition publications, and articles for art magazines and scholarly journals.

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