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Indefinable Lifeblood: John Altoon and LA Art in the 1960s
Lecture by Alexandra Schwartz, Adjunct Professor, SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology and Guest Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, New York City
Q&A moderated by Chief Curator Emily Talbot

John Altoon was an innovative artist and a larger-than-life personality. During the 1960s he was exhibiting at Ferus Gallery—a cradle of the LA art scene—and teaching at Chouinard Art Institute, now CalArts. Such artists as Ed Ruscha (who has called him an "indefinable lifeblood”), Billy Al Bengston and Laddie John Dill remember him as an indelible role model and mentor. In this virtual lecture, Schwartz focuses on Altoon at the height of his powers during a legendary period in LA art.

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, "Alternate Realities: Altoon, Diebenkorn, Lobdell, Woelffer."

Jul 21, 2022 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Alexandra Schwartz
Adjunct Professor, SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology and Guest Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, New York City
Dr. Alexandra Schwartz is the curator of Garmenting: Costume as Contemporary Art at the Museum of Arts and Design and an Adjunct Professor at SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology. Her upcoming and recent exhibitions include 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2022), Ed Ruscha: OKLA at the Oklahoma Contemporary (2021), and As in Nature: Helen Frankenthaler Paintings at the Clark Art Institute (2017). She is the author of Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s (University of California Press, 2015) and Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles (MIT Press, 2010), and the co-editor of Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, 2010). Schwartz previously held curatorial positions at MoMA and the Montclair Art Museum and has taught at Columbia, Fordham, and the University of Michigan, among other institutions.