Under Cover: Where Collection and Archive Meet

January 28 - April 15, 2018

The UAM tradition of working with excellent, cutting-edge, contemporary artists has created not only an art-historically important collection spanning decades, but a deep archive to support that work, full of historic photos, ephemera, and videos. This exhibition highlights four artists – Eileen Cowin, Walton Ford, Barbara Kasten, and Rita Letendre -- who had important exhibitions at the UAM, have artwork in the UAM Permanent Collection, and videos in the UAM Archive.

In the last five years, steps have been taken to digitize the videos in the UAM Archive, as the sound and picture quality of VHS and Beta formats steadily decreases with time. These videos, though gritty, provide unique insight into these artists’ practices, often in their own words, and can be an enlightening accompaniment to the artwork itself.

This exhibition was made possible by support from the CSULB Instructionally Related Activities Fund; the Ware Endowment; the Charles and Elizabeth Brooks Endowment; the Constance W. Glenn Fund for Exhibition and Education Programs; and the Bess J. Hodges Foundation. We would also like to thank Dr. Ronald and Sylvia Hartman for their ongoing support.  Special thanks to former UAM Registrar and Curator of the Permanent Collection, Angela Barker, for spearheading the video digitization project at a critical moment to save the materials.