Far–Sited: Sculpture Symposia 1965/2015
The Intersection of Industry, Art, and Innovation
Conservation 2013 – 2015
Exhibition September 7 – December 13, 2015
Conference October 16 – 18, 2015
In 2015, the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the International Sculpture Symposium, held on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. The first of its kind in the United States, the symposium partnered an international cadre of artists with local companies to create innovative sculptures using industrial materials and new technologies. The sculptures formed the core of the University Art Museum monumental sculpture collection located throughout the CSULB campus.
Paramount Steel, Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Fellows and Stewart shipyard, North American (El Toro), and North American (Downey) were among the companies that participated in this groundbreaking partnership. Extolled by the New York Times, Los Angeles, Magazine, Art and Architecture, Sunset, Canadian Art, Westways, Art in America, and Fortune, the symposium brought remarkable artwork to Southern California.
Today the sculpture collection is an integral aspect of the CSULB campus known for its modernist architecture and showcase landscaping. Since 1965, the collection has grown to twenty-two works.
We are celebrating this anniversary in three ways:
• An exhibition exploring the history of the symposium and the work of the artists who installed their work on campus (September 7 – December 12, 2015).
• A conference examining art in the public realm, the future of the practice integrating new ideas and technologies.
(October 16 – 18, 2015)
• A conservation initiative treating a select group of works in the university collection, preserving a legacy of modernist architecture and sculpture.
We invite you to join us in this series of events honoring the extraordinary people who had an incredible vision linking art, technology, and industry. We have attached levels of sponsorship and encourage you to call us to discuss your involvement. We are looking forward to sharing our excitement about this project with you.
It is the nature of outdoor sculpture to suffer the abuses of time, wear and tear, and the environment. Thanks to a recent survey by Conservator Rosa Lowinger, we have identified and prioritized our sculpture collection’s need for conservation treatment. The treatments range from simple cleaning, to resurfacing, to deeper structural modifications. As part of the anniversary celebration, our goal is to raise enough funds to provide the needed treatment to all twenty-one works in the collection. For more information about contribution opportunities, click here.
Far-Sited: The Exhibition (September 7 – December 13, 2015)
The exhibition will celebrate the artists and industry partners that participated in the CSULB International Sculpture Symposium of 1965. Visitors will have an insider’s look at original artists sketches, photographs of the construction process, personal letters, and other ephemera of one of the first US sculpture symposiums of its kind. The archive, never on display before, will explore the behind-the-scenes dynamics of what it took to actualize this historical event. For more information about contribution opportunities, click here.
Far–Sited: Art in the Public Realm–New Technologies and Practices
(October 16 – 18, 2015)
Art in the public realm—parks, streets, subway corridors, bus stops, and public buildings—has changed rapidly in the past two decades from a monumental sculpture placed on a corporate plaza to performance, technology or social service-based work. This evolution has created challenges that reflect issues affecting the entire arts community. Cross-disciplinary panels including architects, artists, historians, engineers, futurists, technocrats, musicians, environmentalists, business leaders, scientists, conservators, and philosophers will examine future trends
Two-hour panels offer the opportunity for speakers and audience to engage in provocative and in-depth conversations; special events and long breaks provide those personal moments of networking; and keynote speakers enlarge the discussion from regional to international concerns. For more information about contribution opportunities, click here.