May 26, 2019
EYE ON ART: Cal State Long Beach Sculptures
The Grunion
May 25, 2019
By Nancy Berkoff
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EYE ON ART: Cal State Long Beach Sculptures
The Grunion
May 25, 2019
By Nancy Berkoff

In 1965, a Cal State Long Beach professor teamed up with an Israeli artist to organize a symposium that paired artists with industry to create a series of monumental pieces that would reside on the university's campus.

Nine artists participated, producing massive abstract pieces made from concrete, earth and steel. The California International Sculpture Symposium was co-organized by CSULB sculpture professor Kenneth Glenn and Israeli artist Kosso Eloul, best known for producing the eternal-flame sculpture at the Yad Vashem memorial in Israel. It was part of an international series of symposiums launched in Europe in 1959, and was the first held in the U.S.

Canadian sculptor Robert Murray teamed up with the Bethlehem Steel plant in San Pedro to produce an arrangement of steel panels, Duet (Homage to David Smith), that pay tribute to Abstract Expressionist sculptor David Smith. Over time, the piece suffered damage, as the epoxy paints that Murray used, high tech for the 1960s, could not stand up to outdoor light. Originally a playful, peachy orange, the sculpture grew darker over the years as subsequent paint jobs attempted to correct problems with fading. In 2015, to mark the 50th anniversary of the sculpture symposium, CSULB teamed up with the Getty Conservation Institute to survey and help conserve the collection. Murray’s Duet can now be seen in its original glory.

Internationally-known artist Claire Falkenstein made “‘U’ as a Set,” the structure outside the McIntosh Humanities building, out of 6,000 pieces of copper tubing. Falkenstein’s work can also be viewed at the Long Beach Museum of Art's outdoor campus. LBMA’s café, Claire’s, pays homage to the artist.

To prepare for a CSULB sculpture stroll, review a YouTube guide of the sculptures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuHpBM0q9Qc or a map of the sculpture locationgo to :https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PeTMRyo-AgVu2e_gglVIyHKtaYn3l3Kf/view

To go on a guided tour of the CSULB outdoor sculpture collection from 9:30 to 11 a.m. June 4, go to http://architecture.lbhomeliving.com/calendar/, as part of Long Beach Architecture Week. Tickets are $20, with all proceeds benefitting Long Beach Heritage The campus tour will be led by Sarah Locke, executive director of Long Beach Heritage and Chris Alegria, curator of education, University Art Museum, CSULB.

The CSULB Sculpture Garden can be viewed during daytime hours seven days a week, is free and open to the public, and situated throughout the 320?acre campus. The campus is at 1250 Bellflower Blvd. There are multiple pay-for-parking lots throughout the campus. Visit csulb.edu/explore/museum for more information.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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