A New Crop of Artists Re-create a Famed 1968 LACMA Photograph
Artists In 2016
Eleanor Antin, Tony Berlant, Mary Corse, Anna Sew Hoy, Rodney McMillian, Catherine Opie, Patssi Valdez, Michael Maltzan, Mark Hagen, Walead Beshty, Frank Gehry, Kulapat Yantrasast, Mark Bradford, Alex Israel, Sterling Ruby, Sherin Guirguis, Amy Murphy, Happy Price, Diana Thater, Ricky Swallow, Mario Ybarra Jr, Toba Khedoori, Peter Alexander, Karla Diaz, Adam Silverman, Ellen Grinstein, Ed Moses, Joe Sola, Emily Mast, Ayn Grinstein, Edgar Arceneaux, Cayetano Ferrer, Sidney Felsen, Larry Bell, Sharon Lockhart, David Hockney, DeWain Valentine, Lorraine Wild, Joni Weyl, Mary Weatherford, Billy Al Bengston, Thomas Houseago, Sam Durant, Sharon Johnston, Analia Saban, T, Kelly Mason, Brenna Youngblood, Fred Fisher, Helen Pashgian, Harry Gamboa Jr, Thomas Demand, Ken Gonzales-Day, Ry Rocklen, Anthony Pearson, Lesley Vance, Judy Fiskin, Kaz Oshiro, Alex Prager, John Baldessari, Michael Whitney, Carter Mull, Charles Gaines, Liz Glynn, Mark Whitney, Glenn Kaino, Alexandra Grant, Yunhee Min, and Willie Herrón.
Photo: Photograph by Art Streiber.
Installation-art pioneer Robert Irwin had to cancel, but expat British realist David Hockney turned up at the last minute. He was among the three score artists who gathered at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art one evening at dusk this fall for a re-enactment of the famed 1968 photograph of what was then a fledgling artists’ community at a museum that had opened a mere three years earlier. Only 6 of the original 38 participants made it into the new picture—Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Tony Berlant, Frank Gehry, and Mark and Michael Whitney—most of the others having either passed away (Ken Price, Edward Kienholz, Rudi Gernreich) or left town (most notably feminist icon Judy Chicago). Among the better known of the new group: John Baldessari, Catherine Opie, Alex Prager, Sterling Ruby.
“The first shoot ended with a picnic,” notes LACMA director Michael Govan, “with red-and-white checkered tablecloths and Ed Ruscha serving hamburgers to the other artists.” Ruscha was missing this time, away on a family vacation. But the picnic went on. “It was really cool,” says Govan. “A lot of the artists who didn’t know each other met. They were all saying, ‘Oh yes, of course, I know your work.’ ”