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Joe Goode

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1930s

1937

Joe Goode is born in Oklahoma City.

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1940s

1940s 1942

Joe Goode and Ed Ruscha become neighbors in Oklahoma City. In the second grade they become classmates and friends at Rosary Elementary School. They attend the same church, St. Francis of Assisi, and take art classes together.

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1950s

1950s 1952

Joe Goode and Jerry McMillan are classmates and friends at Taft Junior High School in Oklahoma City.

1953

Friends Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, and Ed Ruscha take art classes at Classen High School in Oklahoma City.

late 1950s 1957

Barney’s Beanery, a popular West Hollywood bar, is an important source of community for Billy Al Bengston, Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, and Ed Ruscha, as well as others who show at the Ferus Gallery.

1958–60 1958

At Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, and Ed Ruscha meet and befriend fellow Okies Patrick Blackwell and Don Moore. They refer to themselves as the “Students Five.”

1958

On a winter trip back from Los Angeles to Oklahoma City, Ed Ruscha convinces Jerry McMillan to come to Los Angeles for school, which then motivates Joe Goode to also head west and pursue his artistic career.

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1959–61 1959

Joe Goode attends Chouinard Art Institute.

1959–61 1959

Joe Goode works as a janitor at Chouinard.

1959

Joe Goode meets his first wife Judy Winans at Chouinard, where she is a ceramics major.

1959–61 1959

Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, and Ed Ruscha work at Al Cassell’s Patio Restaurant.

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1960s

1960s 1960

Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, and Ed Ruscha participate in the La Cienega gallery walks on Monday nights. Afterwards, he and his friends hang out at Barney’s Beanery, a favorite watering hole for many young Los Angeles–based artists.

1959–61 1960

Patrick Blackwell, Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, Don Moore, and Ed Ruscha (who refer to themselves as the Students Five) live with Wally Batterson in a house on Madison Avenue in Silver Lake, California; all attend Chouinard. They then move into a little house on New Hampshire Avenue in Hollywood.

1960

The Oklahoma City Art Center organizes the group exhibition Four Oklahoma Artists featuring Patrick Blackwell, Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, and Ed Ruscha.

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1960s 1961

After graduation, Joe Goode, Ed Ruscha, and Patty, Jerry McMillan’s future wife, work for Sunset House, a mail-order firm.

1961

Joe Goode organizes War Babies at Huysman Gallery on La Cienega Boulevard with works by Larry Bell, Ed Bereal, and Ron Miyashiro. The exhibition poster features photography by Jerry McMillan.

1962

Works by Joe Goode and Ed Ruscha are included in Walter Hopps’s New Painting of Common Objects exhibition at the Pasadena Art Museum.

1963

Billy Al Bengston, Joe Goode, and Ed Ruscha are included in the group exhibition Six More at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles.

1963

Joe Goode and Ed Ruscha hitchhike from Los Angeles to New York.

1963

Joe Goode shows at Rolf Nelson Gallery on La Cienega Boulevard.

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1965

Nicholas Wilder Gallery opens on La Cienega Boulevard and shows work by Joe Goode and Bruce Nauman.

mid-1960s 1965

Judy Chicago moves into an apartment next to Joe Goode’s on Western Avenue.

1966

Nicholas Wilder and Joe Goode drive north to visit Bruce Nauman in his studio and, as a result, Nauman has his first solo show in May at the Nicholas Wilder Gallery along La Cienega Boulevard. Nauman’s Mold for a Modernized Slant Step is included in this exhibition.

1967

Joe Goode moves to London for eight months.

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1969

Billy Al Bengston establishes the Artist Studio in his quarters on Mildred Avenue in Venice, California, as a way to get around the commercial gallery system. The space shows brief exhibitions of works by friends, including Larry Bell, Joe Goode, and Ed Ruscha, and the artists are able to keep all profits.

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1970s

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1970

Art in America publishes Billy Al Bengston‘s “Los Angeles Artists’ Studios,” a photo essay featuring his own studio along with Larry Bell’s, Joe Goode’s, and Ed Ruscha’s, among others.

1970s 1971

Joe Goode has several solo exhibitions at Nicholas Wilder Gallery.

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1980s

1981

Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Joe Goode, Bruce Nauman, and Ed Ruscha are included in the group exhibition Art in Los Angeles: Seventeen Artists in the Sixties at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

1983

Carlos Almaraz and Joe Goode are included in the group exhibition L.A. Seen at the University Galleries, University of Southern California.

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1989

Joe Goode, Jerry McMillan, and Ed Ruscha are featured in a three-person exhibition at the Oklahoma City Art Museum.

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1990s

1992

Joe Goode has a solo exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art titled Laboratory: Joe Goode Tornado Triptych.

1992

Joe Goode is included in the group exhibition War Babies: Prints of the Sixties from the Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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2000s

2005

After a fire in his studio, Joe Goode temporarily moves in and uses Ed Ruscha’s studio in Culver City, California.

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2010s

2011

Joe Goode, Stephen Kaltenbach, Mike Kelley, Tom Marioni, Bruce Nauman, Senga Nengudi, Allen Ruppersberg, and Ed Ruscha are included in the group exhibition Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974–1981 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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