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SELECT EXHIBITIONS


The Mind's Eye: Richard Feynman in Word and Image

 

The Beckman Museum at the Caltech Archives–  Pasadena, CA

May 11–December 14, 2018

 

In work and play, Richard Feynman was a distinctively visual thinker. The Caltech Archives at the California Institute of Technology is telling the story of Feynman’s life and physics by exhibiting the notes and artwork through which he shared his vision. Highlights include the early Feynman diagrams with which Feynman developed his Nobel Prize-winning contributions to quantum electrodynamics, illustrated lecture notes for the famous Feynman lectures on physics, sketches of colleagues and campus sites, and photographs of Feynman as a teacher, drummer, and amateur actor.

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Return to Form: Dennis Hopper Photographs Japan

Dennis Hopper

Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art–Cal State San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA

October 7–December 9, 2017

Actor/Director Dennis Hopper (1936–2010) first picked up a camera when he was in his early 20s. Hopper took his camera everywhere, earning himself the nickname "the tourist." Hopper photographed seriously for less than a decade, until 1967 when he began preparing for his directorial debut in the award-winning film "Easy Rider." In 1989, Hopper traveled to Japan to participate in a retrospective of his films and photographs. During this trip, he purchased a new Nikon 35 Ti camera in Kyoto and, for the first time in over 20 years, took pictures again. Hopper returned to form by shooting 30 rolls of film, or roughly 300 images, in a matter of just a few days. This exhibition, selected from the archives of the Hopper Art Trust, presents 60 small and larger-scalephotographs, attesting to a significant, if short-lived, revival of Hopper's photographic interests.

 Photograph by John Fleeman

Photograph by John Fleeman


Andy Warhol: Polaroids

Andy Warhol

Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art–Cal State San Bernardino, San Bernardino, CA

October 7–December 9, 2017

Andy Warhol (1928–1987) was a passionate collector of photographs and an avid photographer. Warhol especially enjoyed Polaroids, instant photographs taken with a Polaroid Camera, which he carried around with him at all times. Warhol amassed an enormous collection of portraits of his friends, lovers, collectors, dealers, celebrities, their entourage, and of himself – a small selection of which was shown here. "My idea of a good picture," he once famously observed, "is one that's in focus and of a famous person."

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Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album

Dennis Hopper

Kohn Gallery-Los Angeles, CA

July 8–September 1, 2017

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album is a re-envisioning of Hopper’s first photography exhibition in 1970.  The show consists of an exciting selection of over 400 small, one-of a kind photographs taken in the 1960s. Hopper produced these for the historic exhibition at the Fort Worth Art Center Museum organized with his friend, the legendary Los Angeles curator Henry T. Hopkins. Posthumously entitled The Lost Album, the photographs include some of Hopper’s most iconic work, and were arranged exactly as Hopper and Hopkins arranged them, in evocative narrative groupings that encapsulate his unique, conceptual photographic practice. In an adjacent gallery, Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album is accompanied by works of some of Hopper's artist friends, drawn from the holdings of Kohn Gallery.

 Photograph by Stephanie Keenan

Photograph by Stephanie Keenan


American Aleph

Wallace Berman 

Kohn Gallery-Los Angeles, CA

May 6–June 24,  2016

Wallace Berman—American Aleph was the artist’s first comprehensive Los Angeles retrospective in almost four decades. Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Berman’s accidental death at age 50, the exhibition surveyed the entire oeuvre of this seminal American artist from the late 1940s until 1976. Berman has long been heralded as one of the most significant and influential artists to emerge in Southern California. Spiritually inclined, yet steeped in popular culture and the political events of the day, he conducted reconnaissance far beyond the borders of Southern California, mining the American psyche and broadcasting his ideas through mysterious letters, publications, and multi-layered art works.


Who Is She?

Terry Braunstein

Long Beach Museum of Art

October 22, 2015–January 17, 2016

Named after Long Beach artist Terry Braunstein’s eponymous 2013 installation, Who Is She?—Terry Braunstein for the first time presented her original collage work, exhibited to date mostly in photographical reproductions. The exhibition highlighted the artist’s process of culling and clipping, laying bare the roots of Braunstein’s art, which include early 20th century European modernism and mid-century American assemblage. Curated by Sam Mellon and Claudia Bohn-Spector of MICRONAUT, the exhibition conveyed a new appreciation for her exquisitely skillful and delicate technique in an age of digital manipulation. Additionally, the exhibition featured original copies of Braunstein’s celebrated artists books, new assemblage sculptures, as well as models and photographic prints created in conjunction with the dance set Who Is She?

An illustrated catalogue, designed by MICRONAUT partner Claudia Bohn-Spector and published by Thistle and Weed Press, accompanied the exhibition.  The exhibition is currently scheduled to tour Spain in 2017.


Burning Down the House

Ellen Brooks, Jo Ann Callis, Eileen Cowin

Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

September 14, 2014–January 11, 2015

Burning Down the House was an exhibition of works by Ellen Brooks, Jo Ann Callis, and Eileen Cowin. Exhibiting together for the first time, these three contemporary artists, long known for using photography to narrative ends, challenge both the role of women and their chosen medium in multi-layered, provocative images. Taking its title from the eponymous Talking Heads song, the exhibition included works from the mid-1970s through the early 2000s. Ranging from small individual photographs to large-scale sequences comprised of several prints, the installation freely intermixes work by the three artists, exploring issues of female identity, relationship, intimacy, domestic conflict, and gender performance.


Speaking in Tongues: Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, 1961–1976

Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken

Armory Center for the Arts and the Center for Creative Photography

October 2, 2011–January 22, 2012 March 27–June 19, 2012 

Speaking in Tongues: Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, 1961–1976 brought two seminal yet under-studied Los Angeles artists into close conversation with one another for the first time. Never before has their artwork been shown together in a tightly focused two-person exhibition. Organized by the curatorial team of Claudia Bohn-Spector and Sam Mellon of MICRONAUT, with supporting research by Carolyn Peter, this exhibition examined how these two artists bridged modernist and emerging post-modernist trends by ushering in the use of photography as a key element of contemporary avant-garde art. Focusing on language and the creation of new visual codes, as well as on the little-known friendship between the Berman and Heinecken, their works are explored within the unique cultural milieu of 1960s and 1970s Southern California, as it fueled and amplified each artist’s highly original creative approach to making images.

A part of the Getty sponsored region-wide initiative Pacific Standard Time, the multi-media exhibition appeared to strong critical reviews.  An illustrated catalogue, designed by Lorraine Wild of Green Dragon Studio and featuring essays by the curatorial team members and an introduction by Colin Westerbeck, accompanied the exhibition. After closing at the Armory Center, Speaking in Tongues: Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, 1961–1976 travelled to the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, where it was on view from March 27 until June 19, 2012.

 

PROGRAMMING & EXHIBITION COORDINATION SERVICES


Los Angeles Public Library

ONGOING PROGRAMMING AND EXHIBITION COORDINATION

MICRONAUT is the exclusive program management team for the Los Angeles Public Library's Central Library at 630 W. 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles. MICRONAUT is responsible for the exhibition selection, curation, and operational logistics of all exhibitions and public programming. In addition MICRONAUT is responsible for the development, rotation and installation of the Public Library's vast network of over 70 neighborhood branch libraries. Announcements for openings and programming for events at the Central Library can be found on MICRONAUT's Facebook page, or by visiting www.lapl.org/whats-on/exhibits


South Pasadena Arts Council

ONGOING GALLERY PROGRAMMING AND MANAGEMENT

MICRONAUT is the exclusive program management team for SPARC Gallery, the South Pasadena Arts Council's (SPARC) physical gallery space at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce office at 1121 Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030. MICRONAUT is responsible for the artist selection, curation, and operational logistics of all exhibitions and public programming. With eight annual rotating exhibitions, the SPARC Gallery program provides a platform for established and emerging Southern California artists to exhibit new work in an intimate setting. Announcements for openings and programming can be found on MICRONAUT's Facebook page, or by visiting www.sopasartscouncil.org. Past artists featured include: Mark Swope, Lun*na Menoh, Jane Brucker, Régine Verougstraete, and Michael Provart among many others.