Art Galleries

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Art Galleries

Main Gallery Exhibitions

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Unlikely Conversations: Selections from the University Art Collection

August 26 – October 12, 2019
Reception: Thursday, September 26, 5:30 - 8pm
Gallery Talk: Monday September 9, 10am

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California State University, Northridge Art Galleries is pleased to present the exhibition Unlikely Conversations: Selections from the University Art Collection. Drawn from the University’s conceptually and formally diverse collection of historically significant artworks, the 70+ objects in the exhibition represent a variety of artists from the mid-twentieth century onwards, and include drawings, paintings, prints, and sculptures.
The mission of the collection is to encourage learning and research for students, faculty, and members of the local community; and enrich the CSUN campus by loaning works to publicly-accessed spaces on campus. Unlikely Conversations marks the first time a significant number of works are brought together in an exhibition dedicated to the Collection’s legacy.
Launched in 1977 by a generous donation of drawings, paintings, and prints by acclaimed artist and CSUN Professor Emeritus Hans Burkhardt, the University Collection now holds more than 2,000 artworks by other emeritus faculty, alumni, and artists from the San Fernando Valley, greater Los Angeles area, and beyond. In subsequent years, Burkhardt continued to augment the collection with his work as well as work by other artists from his personal collection until his death in 1994.
A number of works on display include prints by Lita Albuquerque and Ed Ruscha from Cirrus Editions, Ltd.; photographs and silkscreens from the Andy Warhol Foundation; artworks by CSUN Professors Emeriti Bob Bassler, Karen Carson, Marvin Hardin, and Robert von Sternberg; and early California works by Maynard Dixon, Paul Landacre, and Granville Redmond. In addition, the Galleries are delighted to exhibit the recent gift of former faculty member Fritz Faiss’ paintings and prints. (Read more about the exhibition)

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By The Family Room Collective

October 28th – December 7th, 2019
Gallery Talk: Wednesday, November 20th, 10am
Reception: Saturday, November 23rd from 5-7pm
Live Performances: Nov 23rd and 24th from 4-5pm

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California State University, Northridge Art Galleries is pleased to present HOUSE of FEAR by The Family Room Collective (TFRC). TFRC is a Los Angeles based queer performing artist group formed in 2018. The group utilizes interpersonal investigations and group dynamics to expand the idea of participatory performance art into the realm of everyday life. HOUSE of FEAR is a highly collaborative exhibition bringing together TFRC with student artists and actors, who will work together to visualize their fears into built environments and live performances.

Participants will be interviewed and characters created based on each individual narrative. The characters will develop in conjunction with the spatial and material elements of the exhibition, allowing for the show’s continual evolution until the culminating performances on November 23rd and 24th. TFRC practices include language games, spatial story design, model/doll making, and improv theatre to ground the indeterminate nature of responding to the output of its participants. During regular Gallery hours when the performers are absent from the space, the Gallery itself will be fractured by the use of live-looping camcorders, video projection, and sound.
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23rd High School Invitational

January 6 –18
Reception: January 17, 7-9pm

The High School Invitational showcases selected work made by students from over thirty San Fernando Valley high schools, in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, graphic design, illustration, and photography, among others. In conjunction with the High School Invitational, the West Gallery will feature the work of the high school art teachers. 

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