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Light, Space, Surface: Southern California Art from LACMA’s Collection

Presented by Frist Art Museum at Frist Art Museum, Nashville TN

Jun 03 2022
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Sep 06 2022
Light, Space, Surface: Southern California Art from LACMA’s Collection

This exhibition includes sculptures, paintings, and immersive and experiential installations by a loose-knit group of artists working in Southern California from the 1960s to the present. The renowned “Light and Space” and “Finish Fetish” artists are united by an interest in manipulating the medium of light, projected or reflected, to alter the perception of form, architectural space, and surface qualities.

Going beyond the tradition of representing light through paint or photography, artists like Robert Irwin, James Turrell, and Doug Wheeler create installations in which the actual light takes a form that seems to exist between presence and absence, providing a means of entering a mysterious immaterial world. In works by these and other artists—including Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Judy Chicago, Gisela Colón, Ron Cooper, Mary Corse, Ronald Davis, Guy Dill, Laddie John Dill, Fred Eversley, Craig Kauffman, John McCracken, Bruce Nauman, Helen Pashgian, Roland Reiss, Roy Thurston, De Wain Valentine, and Norman Zammitt—industrial materials such as cast resins, fiberglass, neon fixtures, and sprayed paint minimize the touch of the artist’s hand. They link art and technology in a cool aesthetic that echoes the emotional detachment of pop art and minimalism of the 1960s and 1970s. Their glossy surfaces and intense light are often thought of as characteristic of Southern California’s identity, with its car and surfboard culture and bright oceanside environment, though the artists in fact drew on many different experiences in developing their practices.

Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Image: Peter Alexander. Untitled, 1968. Cast polyester, object: 9 1/8 x 5 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. Gift of Elliott and Adrienne Horwitch, M.2016.320

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Free/Frist Art Museum members
Free/Visitors 18 and younger
$15/Adults
$10/Seniors (discount only available when purchasing tickets on-site)
$10/College students with ID (discount only available when purchasing tickets on-site)
$8/Active-duty military (discount only available when purchasing tickets on-site)
$12/Person for Groups of 10 or more with advance reservations

While advance tickets are no longer required, they will continue to be available through the website as a convenience to guests. Walk-up admission is also now available each day the museum is open. Guests may purchase tickets in advance online or on-site when they arrive at the museum (open Thursdays through Sundays). Tickets are limited to maintain capacity recommendations from the Association of Art Museum Directors.

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The Frist Art Museum has implemented enhanced health, procedural, and cleaning protocols to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19. Learn more here. These efforts are designed to create a safer environment. By visiting the Frist Art Museum, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Failure to comply with the Frist’s procedures, including wearing an appropriate protective face covering and observing proper physical distance guidelines, may result in refusal of entry into or dismissal from museum property.

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INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*

  • Jun 3, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Fri)
  • Jun 4, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Sat)
  • Jun 5, 2022 at 01:00 pm - 05:30 pm (Sun)
  • Jun 9, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Thu)
  • Jun 10, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Fri)
  • Jun 11, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Sat)
  • Jun 12, 2022 at 01:00 pm - 05:30 pm (Sun)
  • Jun 16, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Thu)
  • Jun 17, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Fri)
  • Jun 18, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Sat)
  • Jun 19, 2022 at 01:00 pm - 05:30 pm (Sun)
  • Jun 23, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Thu)
  • Jun 24, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Fri)
  • Jun 25, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Sat)
  • Jun 26, 2022 at 01:00 pm - 05:30 pm (Sun)
  • Jun 30, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Thu)
  • Jul 1, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Fri)
  • Jul 2, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Sat)
  • Jul 3, 2022 at 01:00 pm - 05:30 pm (Sun)
  • Jul 7, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Thu)
  • Jul 8, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Fri)
  • Jul 9, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Sat)
  • Jul 10, 2022 at 01:00 pm - 05:30 pm (Sun)
  • Jul 14, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Thu)
  • Jul 15, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Fri)
  • Jul 16, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Sat)
  • Jul 17, 2022 at 01:00 pm - 05:30 pm (Sun)
  • Jul 21, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Thu)
  • Jul 22, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Fri)
  • Jul 23, 2022 at 10:00 am - 05:30 pm (Sat)

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Additional time info:

Currently (September 2021) The museum is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10am to 5:30pm, and Sundays 1pm to 5:30pm. Martin ArtQuest (MAQ) will be open Thursday–Sunday from 1pm to 5pm each day. Request your free MAQ ticket at Guest Services when you arrive at the museum. MAQ tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. MAQ is operating at reduced capacity, so there may be a modest wait. Masks or face coverings are required for guests ages two and older. All visitors to the interactive space are required to hand sanitize before entering the space.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.

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