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Pat O’Neill: Views from Lookout Mountain

Main Gallery Sep 11–Nov 13, 2004

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Pat O’Neill: Views from Lookout Mountain
Sep 11–Nov 13, 2004

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Pat O’Neill: Views from Lookout Mountain, 2004, Installation view

Views from Lookout Mountain marked the first museum exhibition to provide a complete film retrospective in conjunction with a survey of the visual artworks by this important Los Angeles artist. Combining a range of media–sculpture, photography, photographic composite prints, film projection, film installation, drawing, and interactive DVD-ROM –the exhibition brought to light Pat O’Neill’s major works from the early 1960s to the present. Although O’Neill’s films enjoy a devoted following in the avant-garde film community, the SMMoA exhibition located these works in a visual arts context where they can be most fully appreciated as powerful projections of temporal painting, aural composition, and visual poetry. For the majority of visitors, the exhibition was an edifying introduction to the work of an artist whose unique vision engages all the major aesthetic progressions of the post-War era, and whose techniques anticipated technological innovations. In the accompanying catalog, artist Erika Suderburg sums up: ”He deploys co-existing strata of obsolescence, repose, revolution, consumption, and anarchic agitation. Ultimately he engages us in seeing.” Julie Lazar, director of International Contemporary Arts Network, served as guest curator.