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THE KNOWLEDGES FESTIVAL at Mount Wilson Observatory
Performances at 10:00 PM and 11:00 PM SATURDAY JUNE 23RD
featuring the Exoplanets Ensemble (from the LA Master Chorale) in collaboration with John Good, Astrophysicist
and the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute
Score: Kristen Toedtman
Visual Design: Mattia Casalegno
Libretto: Lita Albuquerque, Mattia Casalegno, Cielo Alano
please visit: www.theknowledges.org
For all my friends in New York
I am showing a video in the NeverEverLand Exhibit
at the Anna Kustera Gallery
521 West 21st N.Y., N.Y.
May 2nd to June 9th
Hope you get to see it!
2011 Santa Monica Artist Fellowship Talks
Monday, April 16, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Join installation artist Lita Albuquerque, choreographers Rudy Perez and Lionel Popkin, and new media artist Jody Zellen for an illustrated talk ranging from bodies in space to bits in the ether.
Beach=Culture at the Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way Santa Monica
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5:15-6:15pm Docents available to discuss the site
6:30-7:30pm Illustrated Talks and Q&A
Join installation artist Lita Albuquerque, choreographers Rudy Perez and Lionel Popkin, and new media artist Jody Zellen for an illustrated talk ranging from bodies in space to bits in the ether! The Santa Monica Artist Fellowship program offers five fellowships annually to individual artists to create new work and advance the public discourse about art and ideas in Santa Monica. Each year, Fellows present their work in a public forum for discussion. The five 2011 Fellows are Lita Albuquerque, Patrick Kennelly, Rudy Perez, Lionel Popkin, and Jody Zellen. Tonight, Albuquerque, Perez, Popkin and Zellen will show work and engage in a Q & A with the audience, moderated by Cultural Affairs Administrator Nathan Birnbaum.
A panel discussion with Dr. Andrea Liss, Lita Albuquerque, Judithe Hernandez, Margaret Lazzari, and others will explore the social and aesthetic implications of Motherhood.
“Breaking in Two” is the first comprehensive exhibition of work by women artists who are mothers in which the work itself integrates the maternal experience, the relationship to the body, the child, the family, and the society at large.
Lita Albuquerque: 287 Steps
January 21 – February 25, 2012
Reception: Saturday, January 21, 4-6pm
2525 Michigan Avenue Building B3
Santa Monica CA 90404
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Looking for people to get involved with a very special performance in conjunction with 18th Street Art Complex and the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival. If you are interested, you can learn more and sign up here:
Lita Albuquerque’s project STELLAR AXIS: ANTARCTICA is on show at A.galerie in Paris, until the 14th of January 2011.
Photographs by Jean de Pomereu.
Stellar Axis featured in Altered Landscapes published by the Nevada Museum of Art
HAIKU REVIEW: Lita Albuquerque has participated in the “land art” tendency almost since its late-60s beginnings, but as much by painting as by intervening in the land itself. Working with raw pigment, Albuquerque reminds us that painters’ materials are earth, too – and in the two series she shows here, at least, she conjures natural phenomena by finding strong associations in imagery that results from letting the materials respond to one another and to gravity. In the “Red Pigment Paintings” the powder washes over black grounds until it comes to resemble not earth, but clouds, crimsoned by a setting sun. In the “Beekeeper” works (recorded as pigment prints), by contrast, luminous blasts of red pigment vibrant with trails and trendrils continually yield the form of a beehive – and also suggest the intense, continuous swarming of the hive’s inhabitants.
- Peter Frank
On Sunday, September 18 at 1:00 p.m., Los Angeles-based artist Lita Albuquerque (joined by artist and collaborator Jon Beasley) will host a lecture and conduct a walk-through of her current exhibition Emergence which is on display at Laguna Art Museum through October 2, 2011.
Curated by Laguna Art Museum’s Curator of Exhibitions Grace Kook-Anderson, Emergence examines two series of works that Lita Albuquerque has been continuously working on since 2005: Red Pigment Paintings and Beekeeper (created in collaboration with Jon Beasley and Chandler McWilliams). Emergence examines these two series in which complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple processes or actions. Both series deal with particles constituting a form, and both are enactments of unfolding and becoming. Read more here
Lita Albuquerque seeks to expand possibilities of process by challenging the limitless physical components of the physical universe. In her latest exhibition, she discovers how a simple change – using air currents to make marks, or recreating bee activities digitally – can open up unimagined possibilities that lead to complex systems and patterns. “Emergence” brings together two series – “Red Pigment Paintings” and “Beekeeper,” both projects begun in 2005, which continue to bear unexpected results. Albuquerque’s keen artistic and scientific mind demonstrates that shifting perceptions of possibilities, from the known to the unknown, inevitably leads to a shift in creative outcome. Read More
June 12th -October 2nd 2011
Emergence examines two series of works by Lita Albuquerque Red Pigment Paintings and Beekeeper. Both projects began in 2005 and are a continuing series. Emergence looks at essentially two works in which complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple processes or actions.
Red Pigment Paintings are created with pure powder pigments—a medium used by Albuquerque since the 1970s— blown onto panels by wind or Albuquerque’s own breath. Employing air as a conduit of the pigment allows for practically infinite variations and iterations of pigment in space. The intense red hue against each of the sixteen pigmented ivory black canvasses is a record of the air’s movement that normally goes unseen. However, the record of wind and breath recalls representational imagery of natural occurrences as well: splashing waves, volcanic eruptions, bursting flames, and floating dust.
Beekeeper was created in collaboration with Jon Beasley and Chandler McWilliams. The works in this series include a computer generated digital installation and a set of photographic prints. In the installation, Beekeeper is controlled by generative computer software, creating a continuous flow of pixel movement following a unique path every time. An image of a beekeeper is in a constant cycle, dissolving from a solid form into a sea of wandering pixels, and then emerging whole again as the pixels re-condense the figure.
Read more about the show here
“In preparation for working on a book about Lita Albuquerque and her Stellar Axis project, we spread out her archive on the long tables of the Museum’s boardroom for examination. This is the first time that the staff of the Museum has had a chance to see an entire archive from the CA+E, and it is an especially impressive collection that contains everything from applications to the National Science Foundation to a chisel used to make holes in the Ross Ice Shelf, and Lita’s exquisite preparatory pastels and digital drawings, and work prints of the project photography.”
- William Fox.
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Lors de la présentation de la manifestation, Lorenzo Rudolf, directeur stratégique d’ArtParis ( après avoir dirigé “Art Basel” pendant 10 ans), a insisté sur sa volonté de continuer à développer les approches croisées de la création contemporaine initiées l’an dernier avec les “guests”.
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The 18th Street Art Center will present an adaptation of Lita Albuquerque’s 1980 earthwork and performance Spine of the Earth for the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Performance Art and Public Art Festival in early 2012
About the Festival : Los Angeles was a key international birthplace of performance art. Engaging the innovative spirit of that period and LA’s vibrant contemporary art scene, the performance art and public art festival will transform Southern California over ten days during Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980. Featuring as many as 25 major performances and large-scale outdoor projects, the festival will include new commissions, reinventions, and restagings inspired by the many radical and trailblazing public and performative works that were created by artists during the Pacific Standard Time era. The festival is organized by Glenn Phillips of the Getty Research Institute and Lauri Firstenberg of LA><ART. Read More here
Artists Include: Eleanor Antin, Judy Chicago, Vaginal Davis, Niki de St. Phalle, Mark di Suvero, Andrea Fraser, Charles Gaines, Lloyd Hamrol, Maren Hassinger, Willie Herrón, Channa Horwitz, Richard Jackson, Mike Kelley, Hirokazu Kosaka, Suzanne Lacy, David Lamelas, Los Angeles Free Music Society, Senga Nengudi, Eric Orr, John Outterbridge, Judson Powell, Noah Purifoy, Single Wing Turquoise Bird, James Turrell, John White, Robert Wilson,Robert Wilhite
More info about the event coming soon
The Stellar Axis Photos will be on view at The Grand Palais as a part of Art Paris this month. If you happen to be in Paris please come by. Lita Albuquerque and photographer Jean de Pomereu will be at the opening on March 30th. Read more about Art Paris here
This exhibition celebrates the centennial of abstract painting. Abstract art has evolved from its original spiritual and utopian stance in the early 20th century, to an art that was seen as radical, avant-garde, and its present vibrant position. Refuting the digital display of the current moment, abstract paintings are simply pictures, brushed by the hand of the artist, in which emotional intuition is framed by the artist’s rational mind into dynamic metaphors. Read Full Article Here
Albuquerque will be presenting a series of paintings at The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery this February.
February 27 – April 24, 2011
Reception: Sunday, February 27, 2- 5 pm.
Hosted by LAMAGA
ARTISTS: Lita Albuquerque, Jordi Alcaraz, Gary Edward Blum, Hans Burkhardt, Meg Cranston, Mark Harrington, James Hayward, Charles Christopher Hill, Kevan Jenson, Naomi Kramer
GUEST CURATORS: Marlena Doktorczyk-Donohue and Peter Selz
CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ARTISTS
Friday, March 4, 7 pm
Saturday, March 26, 2 pm
Friday, April 1, 7 pm
Saturday, April 16, 2 pm
Albuquerque will be showing photographs from her seminal work The Red Pyramid as well as a new sculpture inspired by the work at the MOCA Grand Avenue from October 31, 2010-January 31, 2011.
Based on MOCA’s world-renowned permanent collection, The Artist’s Museum will showcase the finest contemporary works produced by Los Angeles artists from 1980 to present day. A focused examination of the complexity and importance of West Coast practice over the past 30 years, this special presentation organized for MOCA by Associate Curator Rebecca Morse will intersperse over 300 objects in a wide range of media by more than 100 artists, highlighting regional innovators who have most profoundly influenced the international art community. An exciting component of The Artist’s Museum will be the MOCA premiere of Doug Aitken’s Electric Earth(1999), the hyperkinetic fable of modern life in the form of an eight-channel video installation. In addition to selections from MOCA’s holdings, the exhibition will also be augmented by major Los Angeles collections. On view at both downtown MOCA locations, the Southern California audience will have the distinctive opportunity to study recent artistic movements in the context of their own life experience.
The Artist’s Museum is made possible by endowment support from the Sydney Irmas Exhibition Endowment.
The exhibition is generously supported by Mandy and Cliff Einstein.
On Thursday, November 4th, Lita will be giving a lecture at Pitzer College as a part of the Pitzer Art Galleries Lecture Series.
It will begin at 3:30 pm and will l take place in the Broad Performing Arts Space, adjacent to Pitzer Art Galleries. There will be a small reception afterwards in the Galleries where the Bas Jan Ader exhibition will be on view.
An original drawing from Celestial Disk, the fountain at the Our Lady of The Angels Cathedral will be on view in an exhibition titled Side by Side at the the Colburn School on December 12th. Side by Side focuses on artits who have have created public works in Downtown Los Angeles including Peter Alexander, David Hockney, and Frank Gehry, among others, as well as the photography of Wayne Shimabukuro.
“L.A. Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980” is the first comprehensive pictorial showcase of the diverse universe of artists working in the Los Angeles area during the formative period of Los Angeles’ art history. Over 800 color and 100 black and white images of work by almost 500 artists illustrate the edited texts quoted from critical reviews of exhibitions and writings of the period. Special efforts have been made to include both recognized and heretofore unsung key players in the Los Angeles art world. The book acknowledges the legacy of a full range of artists whose lives and work in Los Angeles enabled the city to become the international contemporary art capital it is today.
Albuquerque chosen to represent the visual arts in a forum to discuss the future of arts education in California. Please find out more about this crucial topic here: Art is Education!
The Nevada Museum of Art’s Center for Art and The Environment have just received our extensive archive of the Stellar Axis Expedition. The new archive contains drawings, photos, documents, films and the diaries that Albuquerque kept while on the expedition, as well as objects and sculpture all related to the Stellar Axis project. Stayed tuned for the Museum’s public exhibition of this work.
The CA+E Archive collects materials related to projects created in and about natural, built, and virtual environments. The first major gifts to the Archive included the archives of the Land Arts of the American West, a field studies program at the University of New Mexico and Texas Tech University, as well as a gift from Joan and G. Robert Deiro, who donated the Deiro Collection consisting of process-based materials related to Earthworks artists Michael Heizer and Walter De Maria. Recently acquired or incoming archives include materials by artists from six continents, including the international Canary Project, Australian architect Richard Black’s River Murray project, and the Guandu International Sculpture Exhibition in Taiwan.
Here is an images from Albuquerque’s installation at The Pacific Design Center which was a part of the Design Loves Art Series. These spheres were brought back from Antarctica and Albuquerque gave a talk about the work and expedition.
2010 Califia Awardees are artists Lita Albuquerque and Andrée Singer Thompson. The Califia Award takes its name from the legend of a mythical island ruled by a black queen “who accomplished great deeds, was valiant and courageous and ardent with a brave heart.” It is given for outstanding career achievements in the field of eco-art activism.
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The NASA Spitzer Science Center at California Institute of Technology and Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery at Art Center College of Design have collaborated on OBSERVE, an exhibition combining art and science. OBSERVE has commissioned five contemporary artists to create works of art in collaboration with the science, knowledge, and technology resources of the Spitzer Science Center, a NASA/Caltech-JPL lab managing the infra-red deep-space Spitzer Space Telescope. The project began in August 2007, with conversations between Spitzer scientists and five artists: Lita Albuquerque, Lynn Aldrich, Dan Goods, George Legrady, and Daniel Wheeler.
A 75-page print catalogue for OBSERVE is presently in production.
Like Oil and Water was created in collaboration with architect Christoph Kapeller (Alexandria Library, Egypt) and was assisted by structural engineer Buro Happold.
Albuquerque and Kapeller built a 99 foot long table of ice in the frigid air of Alaska for 2009’s FREEZE exhibit. Its top surface was filled with shiny black oil and was positioned in the precise direction of the sun on the exact moment of the Fifty-year Anniversary of Alaska’s Statehood. The table’s sculptural form creates an abstract line dissecting the site. However, the table traditionally acts as a symbol of gathering and community; a place of meeting and discussion. Located in the fragile Arctic Region, Like Oil and Water invites the prescient discussion of our role in our environment and the fate of our planet.
“Art + Environment,” a three-day conference starting this Thursday at the Nevada Museum of Art, in Reno, assembles artists, scientists, designers, and thinkers to discuss overlaps between nature and culture. Conference Lead Moderator William L. Fox draws parallels between experiments of the 1960s, in which scientists “began crossing disciplines to understand how environments work,” and the various ways contemporary practitioners are engaging the “natural, built, and virtual environments in which they work,” from sculptors using earth as an artistic material, and architects assuming the role of digita”Art + Environment,” a three-day conference starting this Thursday at the Nevada Museum of Art, in Reno, assembles artists, scientists, designers, and thinkers to discuss overlaps between nature and culture. Conference Lead Moderator William L. Fox draws parallels between experiments of the 1960s, in which scientists “began crossing disciplines to understand how environments work,” and the various ways contemporary practitioners are engaging the “natural, built, and virtual environments in which they work,” from sculptors using earth as an artistic material, and architects assuming the role of digital cartographers, to painters and photographers taking agriculture as their subject matter. The vast, unpredictable potential of these current strategies makes Nevada a perfect host, Fox adds, given its own history as both “a playground and a dumping ground”: a locus of consumer excess and military secrecy.
The conference program features a panel of artists and scientists, including Lita Albuquerque, Vito Acconci, and Chris Drury, who have worked in extreme environments; a conversation with photographer and Burning Man veteran Michael Light on the effect media and art-world attention is having on the gathering; and a talk by the San Jose Museum of Art’s Senior Curator JoAnne Northrup on the art of Jennifer Steinkamp, Northrup authored Steinkamp’s 2006 monograph and curated a recent touring exhibition of her work. The digital technology and naturalistic content of Steinkamp’s immersive, moving-image installations make them a perfect subject of inquiry for this ambitious conference. – Tyler Coburnl cartographers, to painters and photographers taking agriculture as their subject matter. The vast, unpredictable potential of these current strategies makes Nevada a perfect host, Fox adds, given its own history as both “a playground and a dumping ground”: a locus of consumer excess and military secrecy.