Art Galleries

Unlikely Conversations: Selections from the University Art Collection

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 12:00pm to Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 8:00pm

Main University Art Gallery
Postcard advertisement of show featuring two artworks


Unlikely Conversations: Selections from the University Art Collection

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.


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

Main University Art Gallery