John Divola, Forced Entry, Site 13, Interior View A, 1975. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy of the Artist.
|John Divola: As Far As I Could Get
October 13, 2013 – January 12, 2014
With a career spanning four decades, John Divola is as distinctive for his commitment to the photographic community as for his thoughtprovoking work. Divola was born in Los Angeles in 1949. After graduating with a BA from California State University, Northridge, he entered the MFA program at the University of California Los Angeles. There, under the tutelage of Robert Heineken, the artist began to develop his own unique photographic practice, one that merges photography, painting, and conceptual art. In addition to his own studio practice, he teaches contemporary art in the underserved California inland empire and writes on current photographic practice for a national audience. Though his influence and practice are widely recognized by curators, critics, scholars and publishers alike, As Far As I Could Get will be the first solo presentation of Divola's work which remains under-studied and under-represented.
This exhibition is a collaborative project led by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and shown simultaneously at SBMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Pomona College Museum of Art from October through December 2013. Though Divola’s photographic series are diverse in subject matter, this approach as one exhibition among three Southern California venues emphasizes the consistent conceptual and performative threads that run through Divola’s entire body of work.
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Thursdays, 5 – 8 pm
Family 1st Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA's Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum Teaching Artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8pm.
John Divola: As Far As I Could Get
Running Dog Collages
Make running dog multiples on colored vellum by tracing images with Sharpie markers, and adding texture with graphite.
Sundays, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
Visitors of all ages are welcome to participate in this hands-on workshop with SBMA Teaching Artists on the Museum’s front steps. Each month explore a different medium, including clay, metal, ink, wood, photography, and paper, and gain inspiration from works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection or special exhibitions. In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside to the Museum’s Family Resource Center.
All participants receive a Free Family Pass to the Museum.
Front Steps of the Museum
John Divola's Images of Running Dogs
Create a chalk pastel landscape on tan paper using masking shapes, then stencil John Divola-inspired running dogs into your composition.
Monday, December 9, 7:30 pm
Internationally recognized as one of the world's finest quartets, the American String Quartet has spent decades honing the luxurious sound for which it is famous. They will perform Cowell's United, Ives' Quartet No. 2, and Ravel's Quartet in F Major in honor of American photographer John Divola's oeuvre.
Mary Craig Auditorium
$15 SBMA Members/$19 Non-Members
Purchase tickets at the Museum Visitor services desks, or online at tickets.sbma.net
This family guide focusing on concepts time, space and motion in John Divola's photographs help parents and children explore the exhibition together.
With admission to SBMA, you are always invited to participate in a free docent-led gallery tour, which begins every day at noon in the lobby at the State Street entrance. The following tours focus on this exhibition:
December - 8, 10, 12, 22, 28 at noon
January - 2, 8, 11 at noon; at 12 at 1pm