Sculpture, Systems, Sprawl: Los Angeles experiences

Los Angeles, famously, is a city without a centre: often, and more accurately, it is described as a ‘sprawl.’ Planned to facilitate automobile traffic while maintaining the boundaries of its most exclusive enclaves, the city is circumscribed by a series of boulevards that turn their back on and isolate human activity. Because of these circumstances, and despite various critical efforts to define it as singular, there was and is no distinct LA arts community but, rather, a constellation of disparate, changeable ‘scenes’ that occasionally overlap only occasionally.

Geography, industry, and racial identity all factor into these developments, and these intersect at City Hall. This lecture addresses the role played by Los Angeles city planners - and, at times, their notable lack of planning - in shaping the arts environment of 1960s and ‘70s Los Angeles: politically, with regard to which art was excluded from official programs (and attendant histories), and physically, prompting artistic adaptations to such circumstances that played out in the work and in innovative efforts to show it.

Dawna Schuld is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History in the Department of Visualization, Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on the intersections between art, technology, and the sciences, with an emphasis on how the phenomena of perception are implemented as artistic media. She is the author of Minimal Conditions: Light, Space, and Subjectivity (The University of California Press, 2018), and co-editor, with Cristina Albu (University of Missouri, Kansas City), of Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art (Routledge, 2018). Schuld was a Henry Moore Institute Senior Visiting Research Fellow in 2014.

This lecture will be followed by a book launch and wine reception to celebrate Schuld's recent publication, Minimal Conditions: Light, Space, and Subjectivity​ (2018) and the book will be available on the evening at a discounted price.

This event is free of charge and open to all, but booking is advised. For more information please contact Kirstie Gregory, our Research Coordinator.

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Venue details


Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
Leeds
LS1 3AH
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

Open 7 days a week, except Bank Holidays, from 11am to 5.30pm and until 8pm on Wednesdays.
Galleries are closed on Mondays.

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