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Chouinard

decade


1950s

1956

Ed Ruscha plans on enrolling at ArtCenter College of Design in Los Angeles, but the student quota is full. Ruscha attends Chouinard Art Institute instead.

1957–59 1957

Larry Bell attends Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles.

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.”

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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.

decade


1960s

1960

Ed Ruscha graduates from Chouinard.

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.

1962

Allen Ruppersberg enrolls in Chouinard Art Institute. Robert Irwin and Emerson Woelffler are some of his professors.

1962

Terry Allen moves to Los Angeles to attend Chouinard Art Institute.

1962

Terry Allen and Allen Ruppersberg meet on the first day of school at Chouinard.

1966

David Hammons attends Chouinard Art Institute and graduates in 1968.

1966

Terry Allen earns his BFA from Chouinard.

1966

Terry Allen, Allen Ruppersberg, and a group of friends from Chouinard cofound Gallery 66, a cooperative gallery in Los Angeles that operates for one year.

1967

Allen Ruppersberg graduates from Chouinard with a BFA.

1968

Suzanne Jackson founds Gallery 32 (1968–70) out of her studio at 672 North Lafayette Park Place, near MacArthur Park, around the corner from Otis and Chouinard Art Institute.

decade


1970s

1973

Judy Chicago, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, and Arlene Raven cofound the Women’s Building, which opens on November 28. They first rent the former Chouinard Art Institute building, located at 743 Grandview Avenue.

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