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Santa Monica celebrates 20 years

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Michael Asher’s installation, opening Jan. 26, will dig into the past of the Santa Monica Museum of Art with a skeletal structure of walls used in temporary exhibitions since the museum’s 1998 move to Bergamot Station, but it won’t bring back any artworks. For those who want a reminder of the exhibitions presented throughout the museum’s 20-year history, here’s a sampling, starting with Liza Lou’s “Back Yard” (detail), exhibited in 1998. (Santa Monica Museum of Art)
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The 2001 exhibit “Freestyle” presented works by 28 emerging African American artists, including this painted cardboard installation by Eric Wesley. (Santa Monica Museum of Art)
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Stephen Keene’s “The Miracle Half-Mile: 10,000 Paintings” was an exhibition that ran from Dec. 1, 2000, to Jan. 28, 2001. Using an assembly-line style of painting, Stephen Keene made more than 10,000 works of art at the Santa Monica museum and sold them for $3 to $25 apiece. (Santa Monica Museum of Art)
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From March 9 to May 6, 2001, Austrian artist Valie Export’s “OB/DE+CON(STRUCTION)” show was a 30-year survey of photographs and videos documenting her early feminist performances. (Santa Monica Museum of Art)
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2003: “Alfred Jensen: Concordance” focused on abstract paintings by a highly revered but often overlooked American artist who died in 1981. (Santa Monica Museum of Art)
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Joel Morrison used tape, fiberglass, cast aluminum and found objects in his installation of sculpture titled “Project Room 1: Joel Morrison.” It ran from April 5 to May 31, 2003. (Santa Monica Museum of Art)
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In 2005, “George Herms: Hot Set” surveyed the work of the veteran Los Angeles assemblage artist. The show was organized by Walter Hopps, a major force in the development of Southern California’s art scene. (Santa Monica Museum of Art)
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“Enigma Variations: Philip Guston and Giorgio de Chirico,” which ran from Sept. 9 to Nov. 25, 2006, at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, pointed out surprising relationships between the paintings of an American Expressionist and an Italian Surrealist. (Santa Monica Museum of Art)
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2007: Sharon Levy’s installation “The Wood” was conceived as a fairy tale forest evoking wonder and surprise. (Santa Monica Museum of Art)
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Working with 38 floor plans, Michael Asher created a schematic for the Santa Monica Museum of Art with a grid for temporary walls. For the installation, he will partially rebuild each temporary wall from every exhibition since the museum moved to Bergamot Station in 1998. The show is Asher’s first major commissioned sculptural installation in decades. It will run from Jan. 26 through April 12. (Santa Monica Museum of Art)
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