Juan Downey: Radiant Nature Book Launch
Sunday, December 3, 1 – 4PM
Presentation by Grant Wahlquist 2-3PM
“Doing Things Together.”
Grant Wahlquist will present a short talk and exhibition walk through focused on Juan Downey’s collaborations with dancers and choreographers. In these performances and videos, Downey was one of the first to use live-feed video as a choreographic tool or actor. Wahlquist will address the difficulty of researching what were often inherently ephemeral events as well as their unique place in the history of the intersections between dance and visual art.
Grant Wahlquist is a critic, gallerist, and attorney based in Portland and Vinalhaven, Maine. He is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. A Southern California native, he formerly worked at the Orange County Museum of Art, where he assisted with the 2008 and 2010 California Biennials and exhibitions of the work of Peter Saul and Richard Diebenkorn. His writing has appeared in catalogues published by the Orange County Museum of Art and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, including the catalogue for Juan Downey: Radiant Nature. He has also published reviews and essays in publications in the U.S. and internationally, such as Frog, Aspect: the Chronicle of New Media Art, Art Ltd, the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, and the Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal.
About the Publication:
This beautiful hardcover book, which accompanies the exhibition of the same name, explores the early work of Chilean artist, Juan Downey (1940-93), made between 1967-75. In contrast to previous exhibitions on Downey’s work, this publication focuses on three early bodies of work—Electronic Sculptures, Happenings and Performances, and Life-Cycle Installations. The publication includes an introduction by exhibition co-curators Robert Crouch and Ciara Ennis, as well as essays by Bill Anthes, Ciara Ennis, Ming-Yuen S. Ma, Julieta González, and Grant Walquist. Also included is a special interview: Marilys Downey in conversation with Stuart Comer.
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles taking place from September 2017 through January 2018. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a collaboration of arts institutions across Southern California.
Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions and programs, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA highlights different aspects of Latin American and Latino art from the ancient world to the present day. With topics such as luxury arts in the pre-Columbian Americas, 20th century Afro- Brazilian art, alternative spaces in Mexico City, and boundary-crossing practices of Latino artists, exhibitions range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries.
Supported by more than $16 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA involves more than 70 cultural institutions from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.
Major support for Juan Downey: Radiant Nature is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.
The exhibition is also generously supported by Dirección de Asuntos Culturales, DIRAC, Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Embassy of Chile; Pasadena Art Alliance; and Estrellita B. Brodsky.