Robin Clark, Visiting Scholar

Closed (1) Portrait of a Studio: Larry Bell and his Circle

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

Larry Bell is an American artist who has explored perceptions of space and light through the medium of glass for over sixty years. Always prolific, he has never been more active or experimental than he is today at the age of 81. Based both in Venice, California and Taos, New Mexico, Bell has exhibited his work internationally since the early 1960s and these efforts have often been documented by accompanying publications. However, no text exists that charts the arc of his production through a study of his studio practice writ large. There is an opportunity now to collaborate with the artist to create a “portrait” of his practice from social, technical, and aesthetic points of view. My Beatrice Bain Research Group (BBRG) project for the 2021-2022 academic year will examine the contributions of women to this narrative, ranging from curators such as Barbara Haskell, Marie de Brugerolle, and Catherine Grenier; critics Roberta Smith, Barbara Rose, and Lucy Lippard; fellow artists Mary Corse, Helen Pashgian and Judy Chicago; gallerists Riko Mizuno, Kiyo Higashi, and Marian Goodman; and Bell’s studio team members. Students are invited to apply to join this project through the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP). We will meet weekly in person when possible or remotely when required by travel schedules or CDC health guidelines.

Research Apprentice tasks will include:
1. Surveying primary and secondary sources including archival materials, published work, and online websites and videos related to Larry Bell and his circle with a focus on female curators, critics, artists, and gallerists
2. Developing an annotated bibliography
3. Regular presentations on research subjects throughout the semester

Learning outcomes:
1. Enhanced research skills
2. Expanded knowledge of modern and contemporary art
3. Expanded knowledge of art and culture in Southern California and New Mexico





Qualifications: Some knowledge of the practice and histories of modern and contemporary art, enthusiasm for research, ability to work well independently

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Off-Campus Research Site: Travel schedules and CDC Guidelines permitting we will meet in person in the BBRG conference room, Social Sciences Building, 3rd floor. Otherwise we will meet via Zoom.

Related website: https://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/episodes/light-space
Related website: https://larrybell.com/