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La Cienega

decade


1950s

1957

Billy Al Bengston is part of a group exhibition at the Ferus Gallery.

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.

1957–58 1957

Roy De Forest exhibits in two group shows at the Ferus Gallery with Billy Al Bengston.

1958–63 1958

Billy Al Bengston has solo exhibitions at the Ferus Gallery.

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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.

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1961–65 1961

Ed Ruscha has solo exhibitions at the Ferus Gallery.

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

Bruce Conner has a solo exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in June.

1962–65 1962

Larry Bell has solo exhibitions at the Ferus Gallery.

1963

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

1963

Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, and Ed Ruscha are included in a group show at the Ferus Gallery.

1964

Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin, Ed Moses, and Ken Price are included in the Ferus Gallery’s Studs exhibition.

1964

Ed Ruscha has a solo exhibition at the Ferus Gallery. At the opening he meets actor Dennis Hopper, whose 1961 photograph Double Standard, taken on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Melrose Avenue through his car windshield, is used in the show’s announcement. Hopper buys Standard Station, Amarillo Texas (1963), which was featured in the exhibition. After the opening, Hopper and Ruscha become lifelong friends.

1965–69 1965

Under the pseudonym Eddie Russia, Ruscha assumes the role of art director for Artforum, which moves from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 1965 and rents a space above the Ferus Gallery. Ruscha remains the art director two years after the publication moves to New York from Los Angeles.

1965

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

mid-1960s 1965

Judy Chicago participates in the La Cienega gallery walks on Mondays.

mid-1960s 1965

Judy Chicago shows at the Rolf Nelson Gallery on La Cienega Boulevard.

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.

1969–71 1969

Larry Bell has solo exhibitions at the Mizuno Gallery.

1969–73 1969

Vija Celmins has solo exhibitions at the Mizuno Gallery on La Cienega Boulevard.

decade


1970s

1970

Billy Al Benston has an exhibition at the Mizuno Gallery, lit only by candlelight, which features some of his Dentos series.

1970

Bruce Nauman has a solo exhibition at Nicholas Wilder Gallery.

1970

Larry Bell is included in a group exhibition at the Mizuno Gallery.

1971–73 1971

Bruce Conner uses the Dennis Hopper collages as source material for a series of photo etchings produced at Crown Point Press in Oakland, with founding Director Kathan Brown. They are published in three volumes as The Dennis Hopper One Man Show. Conner originally proposed the collages for an exhibition of the same name at the Nicholas Wilder Gallery in Los Angeles in 1967, but Wilder rejected the proposal given the false attribution.

1970s 1971

Joe Goode has several solo exhibitions at Nicholas Wilder Gallery.

1971

Terry Allen has a solo exhibition at the Mizuno Gallery.

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1972

Carlos Almaraz has a solo exhibition at the important Mechicano Art Center. Founded in 1969, the center was originally located on gallery row on La Cienega Boulevard and eventually moves to East LA as an alternative art space for exhibitions, mural programs, and poster workshops.

1973

Billy Al Bengston has a solo exhibition at Nicholas Wilder Gallery titled Recent Watercolors of Billy Al Bengston.

1973

Bruce Nauman has a solo exhibition at Nicholas Wilder Gallery titled Flayed Earth/Flayed Self (Skin/Sink).

early 1970s 1973

Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, and Vija Celmins are included in a group show at the Mizuno Gallery.

1974

Billy Al Bengston has a solo exhibition at Nicholas Wilder Gallery titled Billy Al Bengston: New Paintings.

1977

Nicholas Wilder Gallery hosts the traveling exhibition The Consummate Mask of Rock, a solo exhibition of Bruce Nauman’s work.

1978

Billy Al Bengston has a solo exhibition at the Mizuno Gallery.

decade


1980s

1981

Mike Kelley has his first solo exhibition at the Mizuno Gallery titled Meditation on a Can of Vernors.

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