Posted on July 15, 2013
On the occasion of the State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 opening in New York City at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Constance Lewallen, one of the show’s curators, was interviewed by the Brooklyn Rail publisher, Phong Bui. In the interview, Lewallen and Bui discuss the genesis of the exhibition, the specificity and differences of West Coast artists, and the rise of performance and conceptual art in California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The conversation reveals the trajectories of artists such as Bruce Nauman, Michael Asher, or Martha Rosler. Lewallen emphasizes on the liberating aspect of California Conceptualism: “There was a collective and pervasive sense of freedom, especially in California, partly because there really was no infrastructure, or much of any kind of critical response, which in some ways worked to the artists’ advantage. They had freedom to do what they wanted, to be playful and inventive with new materials and mediums.”
To read the full interview, please click here.