Inspired by a seminal work in the di Rosa collection by William T. Wiley, Beatnik Meteors presents an exciting group of contemporary regional artists who share an interest in creating platforms for collaborative work. Reflecting on a distinct moment in the 1960s and 1970s when artists increasingly placed film, video, and performance in dialogue with sculpture, painting, music, and writing, artists Paul Clipson, Lisa Rybovich Crallé, Chris Duncan, Christopher Füllemann, and Bailey Hikawa show new works in a range of media that provide multiple entry points for activation and exchange.
For this exhibition, Paul Clipson unveils a new 16mm film using the di Rosa landscape as a muse, including improvisational scores by sound artists John Davis and Joshua Churchill. Chris Duncan installs an interactive sonic wire installation, inviting experimental musicians Ashley Bellouin and Ben Bracken to compose new sound pieces using the sculpture as their instrument. Lisa Rybovich Crallé, Christopher Füllemann, and Bailey Hikawa present a large-scale sculptural installation that will function as props for a range of performances.
A series of events with local performers, composers, and musicians will animate these installations over the course of the exhibition, along with a rare opportunity to view the original Wiley work, Beatnik Meteor, from 1970. The exhibition thus becomes a living organism: fluid, transparent, and permeable, highlighting chance encounters, risk taking, and collective surprise. Visit the upcoming events page for a schedule of public programs related to Beatnik Meteors, including events held offsite in the surrounding Bay Area. read brochure
Image: Christopher Füllemann, Forms and Lovers (installation view), 2013. Courtesy of the artist and Museé Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne. Photo: Nora Rupp
A selection of significant works by Joan Brown from 1972 to 1981, revealing key thematic and stylistic approaches by the artist during this period, including Brown’s symbol-laden figurative work and her growing interest in spiritualism, Indian culture, and religion.
Work from 1957 to the present in all media by Bay Area artists including William Allan, Robert Arneson, Elmer Bischoff, Christopher Brown, Squeak Carnwath, Enrique Chagoya, Bruce Connor, Imogen Cunningham, Jay DeFeo, Roy De Forest, Wally Hedrick, Lynn Hershman-Leeson, David Ireland, Mike Henderson, Mildred Howard, Robert Hudson, Jim Melchert, Bruce Nauman, David Park, Alan Rath, Raymond Saunders, Larry Sultan, William Wiley, and others.