PST Review: It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edges of Los Angeles 1969- 1973


Show: It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edges of Los Angeles 1969- 1973
Location: Pomona College Museum of Art 
What to expect: The final part of the “It Happened at Pomona” series is now on display at the Pomona College Museum of Art, making it the last exhibition to open as part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative.

The collection focuses on the experimental art that manifested during the late 1960s and the role that Pomona College’s remarkable community of artists played in transforming Conceptualism and Minimalism. The artistic creations of faculty and students are highlighted to reveal how their ideas impacted the work of future generations.

An interactive room filled with five rarely seen sculptures by Mowry Baden defy the museum’s usual ‘no touching’ policy, as they invite participation. Give the black steel beam a push and watch it sway as it hangs from the ceiling and sit in the red and yellow “Delivery Suite” sculpture. The essence of Baden’s work is to allow engagement in a physical and perceptual exchange between viewers and his art.

Another highlight of the exhibit is a dark and bare white-walled room, which showcases a recreation of Michael Brewster’s Clicker Drawings. Unlike other artwork, this one is perceived through an auditory sense. Small battery-operated clickers, programmed to make sounds every four seconds, are embedded into the walls. Speculating where the constant clicking originates is the mystery of the installation. 

Other notable works include Guy Williams’s canvas paintings filled with dashes of color, Peter Shelton’s chemical and coffee stained paintings, David Gray’s chrome and polished lacquer sculptures, and a never-before-exhibited bronze sculpture by Chris Burden. Burden’s six-foot yellow and black cubic sculpture is also displayed in the courtyard adjacent to the museum.

A discussion of the three-part exhibition series will be held with Burden and historian Thomas Crow at the Rose Hills Theater on March 24 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., followed by an opening reception at the museum. The exhibition will be on view through May 13.