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A New Wave of Art


By Rebecca Kendall

Published Oct 25, 2016 8:00 AM

The new Luskin Conference Center includes nearly 60 pieces of art created by UCLA alumni and faculty members.

Video by UCLA Broadcasting.

Those who have spent time exploring UCLA know that art is an integral part of the campus. From the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden and the Fowler Museum to the Rolfe Hall courtyard and Schoenberg Hall, there are ample places where the UCLA community and campus visitors can enjoy the university’s mosaics, paintings, sculptures and other works of art.

Now there’s a remarkable new collection that features about 400 pieces and is on permanent display throughout the new UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center.

The Luskin Conference Center is designed to serve as a meeting place for the exchange of new ideas, insights and key discoveries in all fields of scholarship and exploration. Those who helped curate its art collection believe it will support that mission by inspiring innovative thinking and discussion, and fostering a better understanding of UCLA and its position as one of the world’s leading universities.

Within the collection are nearly 60 pieces created by artists who are UCLA alumni and/or faculty members — past and present — several of whom are world-famous and have helped shape Southern California’s contemporary art scene. The artworks — which span photography, painting, giclée printing, screen-printing, lithography, photographic printing on tin, mixed media, woodcut printing and sculpture — are on view throughout the first two levels of the building, which are open to the public.

“The conference center art is a wonderful addition to the art throughout campus,” says Chancellor Gene Block, “and I think it helps demonstrate the quality of the talent that resides on this campus.”

Among the most well-known artists with works on display are Lita Albuquerque '68, an internationally renowned installation and environmental artist, painter and sculptor; John Baldessari, who taught in an M.F.A. program here from 1986–2008 and is known for his use of appropriated imagery in conceptual art; Barbara Morgan '23, who taught design, painting and printmaking on campus; Vija Celmins M.F.A. '65, who is recognized for her photorealistic drawings of natural environments; Ed Moses '55, M.A. '58, became a central figure in the Los Angeles art scene for his abstract paintings; and Ed Ruscha, an artist associated with the pop art movement who taught painting and drawing at UCLA as a visiting professor in 1969.

The work of Lari Pittman and Roger Herman, renowned artists currently teaching in UCLA’s Department of Art, is also showcased at the center.

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