Curated by John Parker
August 27 – October 13, 2018
Reception: Saturday, September 8 -- 2 to 8pm
California State University, Northridge Art Galleries is honored to present the exhibition Kings of Speed: Ascot Raceway 1957-1990. Located in Gardena California, Ascot Park Raceway ranked behind only the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Daytona International Speedway as the best-known racing facility in the country. For thirty-three years, Ascot was the busiest racing venue in the world, hosting an endless array of weekly races.
J.C. Agajanian, one of auto racing’s greatest car owners and promoters, hosted midget, sprint car, flat track, and motorcycle races, among others, at Ascot. Racecar drivers Parnelli Jones, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Rick Mears, and Al Unser, and motorcycle racers Kenny Roberts, David Aldan, Skip Van Leeuwin, and Wayne Rainey, among many others, plied their trade at Ascot over the years. Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel performed his first nationally televised jump at Ascot.
The exhibition will showcase a selection of vehicles, including sprint cars, midgets, and motorcycles, all integral to the legacy of Ascot Park. Historic objects, including posters, helmets, leathers, trophies, and mother memorabilia generously loaned by the Agajanian family will be on display.
Image credit: Nancy Youdelman, Zippers & Pins, 2009 Mixed media with encaustic 54 x 37 x 4 inches
October 27 – December 8, 2018
Reception: Saturday, October 27 -- 4 to 6pm
An original member of the Feminist Art movement, California based artist Nancy Youdelman began her career as an art student in the early 1970s under the tutelage of iconic feminist artist Judy Chicago. Youdelman earned her M.F.A. in Sculpture from U.C.L.A., and her work expresses a concern for preserving her gender’s memories and experiences. This exhibition illustrates the development of Youdelman’s practice during the past five decades with a variety of meticulously crafted objects.