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Archive for March, 2012

Major Exhibition organized by CSULB Art History Professor Kendall Brown Opens at the Japan Society in New York

Posted on March 26, 2012 by School of Art

The exhibition is one among several recent research endeavors for a professor rapidly becoming a premier scholar in multiple areas of Asian art history.  “Japan Deco: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945,” a groundbreaking exhibition that opened at the Japan Society on March 16, already has received a highly favorable review in the New York Times.

Meanwhile, “Visions of the Orient: Western Female Artists in Japan, 1900-1940,” also curated by Professor Brown, closes a national run at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, in June.   These are just the latest curatorial efforts by Professor Brown, who has organized exhibitions at museums across the country.  Professor Brown, who has taught Asian Art History in the Art Department at California State University, Long Beach since 1999, is active in several areas of Japanese art, and is a leading figure in the study of Japanese gardens in North America. His book “Japanese Gardens of North America” will be published in March 2013, and he is a major contributor to the forthcoming book on the Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.  He is heavily quoted in a recent Los Angeles Times article on the reopening of the Japanese Garden at the Huntington. Professor Brown is well known for his scholarship on modern Japanese prints, and is currently working on related projects with the Toledo Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Art, Hood Museum at Dartmouth, and the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris. A popular speaker, Professor Brown has recently lectured in Beijing, Richmond, Washington, and New York, in the next six months will speak in Chicago, Sarasota, Sydney, Australia and Leiden, Holland.

To read the New York Times review of “Japan Deco: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945,” click here.

To read Professor Brown’s comments in a recent Los Angeles Times article on the reopening of the Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, click here.


Recent CSULB School of Art Graduate Selected for Important New Position in the Field of Ceramic Arts

Posted on March 22, 2012 by School of Art

Having already amassed a substantial exhibition record and critical acclaim just two years out of school, Julia Haft-Candell (MFA 2010) has been selected to be the first artist to hold the position of Lincoln Visiting Artist in Ceramics at Scripps College and the Claremont Graduate University. Julia begins the coveted three-year assignment in the fall.

Yossi Milo Gallery in New York Inaugurates New Space with Exhibition by CSULB Photography Professor Mark Ruwedel

Posted on March 1, 2012 by School of Art

The exhibition, running through April 7, includes works from several of Ruwedel’s series including Desert Houses, Bomb Craters, 1212 Palms, and Records, as well as the work Built/Not Built: The Smithson Panoramas, which combines photographs of Robert Smithson’s earthwork Spiral Jetty with others documenting the would-be site of Smithson’s unrealized work Island of Broken Glass.

Professor Ruwedel’s photographs are held in numerous collections, including Tate Modern, London; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Yale University Art Gallery; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; U.S. Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Fonds Nationale d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. The books Westward the Course of Empire and One Thousand Two Hundred Twelve Palms (1212 Palms) were published by Yale University Art Gallery.

This is the latest in a string of high-profile exhibitions and punlications for Professor Ruwedel. His work was exhibited at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, NV, from September 24, 2011 – January 15, 2012. The exhibition, The Altered Landscape, celebrated the museum’s 80th anniversary and included work from the photography collection that examine our affects on the environment. Professor Ruwedel also was included in the group exhibition Our Origins at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL. The artists in this exhibition use photography, video, drawing and sculpture to reflect on our natural history and origins. The show was on view through October 16, 2011. The Tate Modern and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s group exhibition, Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870, featured photographs from Professor Ruwedel’s Crossing and Kohei Yoshiyuki’s The Park series. The exhibition was curated by Sandra Phillips, Senior Curator of Photography at the SFMoMA, with Simon Baker, Curator of Photography, Tate, and Ann Coxon, Assistant Curator, Tate Modern. Exposed was on view through September 18, 2011 at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. And photographs from Professor Ruwedel’s series Westward were included in an exhibition entitled Conversations: Photography from the Bank of America Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Mr. Ruwedel’s work was represented in the “American West” section of the exhibition, alongside artists such as Timothy O’Sullivan, Carleton Watkins, Laura Gilpin, and Richard Misrach. The exhibition was on view from February 8 – June 19, 2011.
For more information about Professor Ruwedel’s recent New York exhibition, click here.