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1965-1975: Reconsidering the Object of Art Installation View 01

Installation view of 1965-1975: Reconsidering the Object of Art, October 15, 1995 – February 4, 1996 at The Temporary Contemporary, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Fredrik Nilsen

1965-1975: Reconsidering the Object of Art

1965-1975: Reconsidering the Object of Art explores the significant aesthetic issues during this ten-year period that gave rise, in both North America and Europe, to new modes of art making that challenged and redefined traditional forms. The exhibition features work by more than 50 artists from the United States, Canada and Europe who sought to reevaluate fundamental premises about the formal, material, and contextual definitions of art. By working outside of the conventions of painting and sculpture—in a broad range of media including photography, film, video, slide projections, performance and environmental installations—these artists gave rise to highly individual but related practices that continue to inspire some of the most significant work being produced today.

The exhibition includes one major work or body of work created between 1965 and 1975 by each of the following artists: Vito Acconci, Bas Jan Ader, Giovanni Anselmo, Eleanor Antin, Art and Language, Michael Asher, David Askevold, John Baldessari, Robert Barry, Lothar Baumgarten, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Mel Bochner, Marcel Broodthaers, Stanley Brouwn, Daniel Buren, Victor Burgin, Andre Cadere, James Coleman, Hanne Darboven, Jan Dibbets, Peter Downsbrough, Morgan Fisher, Gilbert and George, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Douglas Huebler, Joan Jonas, Stephen Kaltenbach, On Kawara, John Knight, Joseph Kosuth, Christine Kozlov, David Lamelas, William Leavitt, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Gordon Matta-Clark, Tom Marioni, N.E. Thing Company, Maria Nordman, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Blinky Palermo, Giulio Paolini, Adrian Piper, Yvonne Rainer, Allen Ruppersberg, Edward Ruscha, Robert Smithson, Michael Snow, Niele Toroni, Ger Van Elk, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, and Ian Wilson.

1965-1975: Reconsidering the Object of Art is co-organized by MOCA Curator Ann Goldstein and art historian, independent curator, and MOCA Ahmanson Curatorial Fellow Anne Rorimer.