Pieces of 9 reframes how art exhibits are curated by inviting staff participation

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The University Art Museum presents Pieces of 9: Reframing the Collection, an exhibition that draws upon a broad selection of work from the University Art Museum’s permanent collection and other campus sources. In a departure from a singular curatorial voice, each member of the staff was asked to curate a small portion of the exhibition. Those who work behind the scenes have offered a diverse exploration of the collection and, when taken as a whole, lent a unique perspective by indicating a fond familiarity with the work, while at the same time charging it with new associations.Reframing the Collection January 28 – April 18.

Ranging from the playful mixed-media work of Ken Price’s Ancient Aerial Sighting (2002), to the political discourse embedded in Martha Rosler’s Lounging Woman (2004), [image below], to the many expressions of angst characterized by Eugenia Vargas’ Body Art: Self-Portrait (1986-87), each micro-exhibition echoes the contributors’ distinctive perspective of the collection. Through reframing a diversity of work, we have the opportunity to consider why we arrive at the conclusions we do as curators of the collection—and as viewers of the exhibition.

The works on exhibition, drawn from the UAM’s permanent collection and other campus sources, include photography, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Begun in 1979 with a small acquisitions budget, the UAM collection was garnered with funds from the Contemporary Council membership, generous donations, and with artwork from numerous award-winning exhibitions. Many of the works were obtained from artists who, after presenting their first solo museum exhibition at the UAM, have gone on to receive international recognition.

Included in the exhibition are works by Tina Barney, Leonard Baskin, Ruth Bernhard, Dorr Bothwell, Marilyn Bridges, Calum Colvin, Susan Crile, Jim Dine, Otto Dix, Walton Ford, Candida Höfer, Sara Holt, Corita (Sister Mary Corita Kent), Käthe Kollwitz, Robin Lasser, Ken Light, José Orozco, Gilles Peress, Ken Price, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, Martha Rosler, Dieter Roth, Mark Ruwedel, Lucas Samaras, Howard Schatz, George Segal, Dick Swift, Arthur Tress, Eugenia Vargas, Catherine Wagner, Tom Wesselmann, and Jennifer Yorke.

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m., Thursday until 8:00 p.m. The galleries are closed Monday and all university holidays. The University Art Museum is also closed on CSULB Budget Closure days.

The University Art Museum is located on the campus of the California State University, Long Beach at 1250 Bellflower Boulevard. Metered parking is available in Lot #17. Parking is free on the weekends.

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