Past Exhibitions

State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970

Exhibition Through January 22, 2012

State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970, co-organized by Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) and UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA), is the most comprehensive exhibition to date to focus on Conceptual art and related new genres in both Northern and Southern California during this pivotal period in contemporary art. Featuring more than 150 works of art, the exhibition includes installations, photographs, works on paper, videos and films, artists’ books, extensive performance documentation, and other ephemera. This includes newly discovered work as well as materials culled from archives that have rarely been viewed. 

Some of the highlights of the exhibition include the important early surveillance installation Being Photographed, Looking Out, Looking In, February 4-20, 1971 by Chris Burden, currently in a private collection and not exhibited since the 1970s; the most comprehensive installation of artifacts, photographs, and the original soundtrack from Allen Ruppersberg’s, Al's Grand Hotel (1971); the most complete documentation ever presented in a museum of Bonnie Sherk’s street performances Sitting Still Series (1970); and archival photographs from William Wegman’s studio, recently discovered at the BAM/PFA and never before seen in California. Other artists featured in State of Mind whose practices deserve greater attention are Gary Beydler, Nancy Buchanan, Adam (the late Paul Cotton), Lowell Darling, Stephen Laub, Darryl Sapien, Susan Mogul, Ilene Segalove, Fred Londier, and Robert Kinmont. 

In conjunction with State of Mind there will be public programs that bring together a range of artists, scholars, and curators for opening weekend symposia, lectures, and performances. The exhibition is accompanied by a 250-page catalog with essays by exhibition curators Constance Lewallen and Karen Moss, as well as additional contributions by UC Irvine Art History Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson and Anne Rorimer, an independent scholar. The catalog, published by the University of California Press, will feature 70 color plates and more than 125 black-and-white images.

Image Credits: 

Robert Kinmont, 8 Natural Handstands, 1969/2009; nine black-and-white photographs; courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York. Photo: Bill Orcutt 

Chris Burden, Shoot, November 19, 1971; Performance at F Space, Santa Ana, CA; Gift of the Naify Family; Photo: Courtesy University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Artist's comment on Shoot: At 7:45 p.m. I was shot in the left arm by a friend. The bullet was a copper jacket .22 long rifle. My friend was standing about fifteen feet from me

Linda Mary Montano, Chicken Dance: The Streets of San Francisco, March 3, 6, and 9, 1972; Performance documentation; Courtesy of the artist, Kingston, New York; Photo: Mitchell Payne 

Exhibition Credits

State of Mind is co-organized by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) and the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA). The exhibition is co-curated by Constance M. Lewallen, adjunct curator at BAM/PFA, and Karen Moss, adjunct curator at OCMA.


State of Mind: New California Art circa 1970 is supported by a grant from the Getty Foundation as part of the unprecedented collaborative initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

Additional support for State of Mind has been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Support from Ms. Robin Wright and Mr. Ian Reeves has made possible the presentation of the pressured air work of Michael Asher. The catalog is supported in part by the Getty Foundation and by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. 

Significant funding for the OCMA presentation of State of Mind is provided by Dr. Rosalyn M. Laudati and Dr. James Pick.

The presentation of State of Mind at BAM/PFA is made possible in part by the continued support of the BAM/PFA Trustees. 

Pacific Standard Time Presenting Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors
The Getty 
Bank of America 

Generous Support Provided By

South Coast Plaza, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Tiffany & Co. 

John and Louise Bryson, David and Marianna Fisher, The Mohn Family Foundation, 

Anne and Jim Rothenberg, Elizabeth and Henry Segerstrom, Christina and Mark Siegel, 

Maria Hummer-Tuttle and Robert Holmes Tuttle

Additional Support Provided By

The Ahmanson Foundation, The Broad Art Foundation, California Community Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, W. M. Keck Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Sotheby’s