The Escalette Permanent Collection of Art is celebrating five years at Chapman University. In honor of the occasion, a new exhibition has been mounted in the Guggenheim Gallery and is underway.
The exhibition is titled: Paths and Edges: Celebrating the Five-Year Anniversary of the Escalette Collection. It features the 16 most prominent artists feature since the Escalette collection’s beginning in 2010, and includes a new acquisition that has been dedicated in memorium to Phyllis and Ross Escalette, whose endowment allowed the collection to grow.
So what is significant about this collection? Marcus Herse, co-curator of the show says not only does it display high quality pieces, but the range in the variety can easily be compared to a standard museum collection. Herse notes minimal, conceptual, and pop art style that is so associated with California is highly prominent throughout the collection. In viewing the collection, he’d like us to think of such museums of art as OCMA, LACMA, and MOMA.
Herse said Chapman has the key to unlock the mysteries of contemporary art as well as to educating the community.
Natalie Lawler, collections registrar and preparator for the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art, explains that in donating and funding this collection, the Escalettes leave a unique educational legacy at Chapman.
“Chapman students have the unique opportunity to interact with these diverse works,” Lawler said.
Because of their role in the collection, and therefore the Chapman community, a piece selected by the Art Advisory Board will be dedicated in the Escalettes’ memory at the reception for Paths and Edges. The piece, titled That was because this year of course will go on, was created by a contemporary artist based in Los Angeles, Soo Kim.
This anniversary exhibition is the third collaboration of of the Guggenheim Gallery and the Escalette Collection.
Artists to be showcased are: John Baldessari, Edith Baumann, Mary Corse, Sam Francis, Frank Gehry, Betty Gold, Anne Hamilton, Al Held, Roger Herman, William Kentridge, Soo Kim, Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman, Michael Reafsnyder, Ed Ruscha, and Richard Serra.
**The featured image pictured at the top, as well as below in the hours and dates, is a piece created by Richard Serra, which can also be viewed throughout the duration of the exhibit.
There will be a reception and catalog release on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m.
This exhibit will be on display until Friday, Sept. 18.
Hours until Aug. 28: M-F 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hours from Aug. 31 – Sept. 18: M-F Noon – 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.