John Baldessari, "Teaching a Plant the Alphabet", 1972.
Group Exhibition

Where Art Might Happen: The Early Years of CalArts Kunsthaus Graz

This group exhibition presents the legendary founding years (1970–1980) of the American art university ‘California Institute of the Arts’ (CalArts), of which John Baldessari played an instrumental role.

The exhibition with the title Where Art Might Happen. The Early Years of CalArts opens up a multi-perspectival view of the college: trends existing in parallel that came from Concept Art, feminism and Fluxus, as well as the school’s radical pedagogical concepts, were unified for the first time. Besides artworks and archive material prepared by experts, oral history interviews with 13 artists were filmed for the exhibition, offering insights into the situation at the time. The exhibition was curated by Philipp Kaiser (independent curator, Los Angeles) and Christina Végh (Director of the Kestner Gesellschaft). 

Participating artists: John Baldessari, James Welling et. al.

13 March - 7 June 2020

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