When invited by Hal Glicksman to create a new work for Pomona College in 1970, Michael Asher created a project whose original intent was to combine modifications of light, sound, and airflow in a single work. Asher’s 1970 architectural intervention dramatically altered two of the Pomona College Museum of Art’s adjacent galleries, transforming them into two triangular spaces joined by a narrow opening that restricted the flow of light into one space while keeping the other space permanently open to the street outside by removing the doors from the entrance. This opening of the museum has led the work to be widely seen as a key work in the conceptual art practice known as "institutional critique," and one of the most important artworks produced in the United States during this period. Asher is presenting a new piece for the It Happened at Pomona exhibition that demonstrates how the concerns of his original piece continue to operate, altered, in the contemporary discourse. In 2011 Asher’s piece will entail having the Pomona College Museum open all day and all night throughout Part I: Hal Glicksman at Pomona.
Photograph courtesy of the Frank J. Thomas Archives © Michael Asher.
Snow Atmosphere (1970)
Performance on Mt. Baldy, San Gabriel Mountains, California
Photograph courtesy of Judy Chicago
Light environment consisting of incandescent bulbs, two layers of nylon diffusion material, wooden support structure Height: 122 in., length: 432 in., width extends from 36 in. at opening to 192 in. at widest part
Photograph courtesy of the Frank J. Thomas Archives ©Tom Eatherton
Situational Construction for Pomona College (1969)
Balloons, lead wire, water, colored light Variable
Photograph by Lloyd Hamrol
Pomona College Museum of Art
It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles, 1969-1973, Part 1: Hal Glicksman at PomonaFrom 1969 to 1973, a series of radical art projects took place at the far eastern edge of Los Angeles at the Pomona College Museum of Art. Here, Hal Glicksman, a pioneering curator of Light and Space art, and Helene Winer, later the director of Artists Space and Metro Pictures in New York, curated landmark exhibitions by young local artists who bridged the gap between post-Minimalism and Conceptual art and presaged the development of post-Minimalism in the later 1970s. Artists such as Michael Asher, Lewis Baltz, and Allen Ruppersberg formed the educational backdrop for a generation of artists who spent their formative years at Pomona College, including alumni Mowry Baden, Chris Burden, and James Turrell. It Happened at Pomona is a three-part exhibition, with public events and a publication, which documents a transformative moment for art history.
Part 1: Hal Glicksman at Pomona focuses on the academic year of 1969-1970, when Glicksman was the curator/director. Glicksman established one of the first museum residency programs in which artists used the museum gallery as a studio space and created unique environments directly in the museum. Artists include Michael Asher, Lewis Baltz, Judy Chicago, Ron Cooper, Tom Eatherton, Lloyd Hamrol, and Robert Irwin.
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