The next program in the Un-Private Collection series features a conversation with Broad collection artist Ericka Beckman and visual artist Matt Mullican. Both Beckman and Mullican attended California Insititute for the Arts (CalArts) in the 1970s and consider Los Angeles to be important to the development of their art practice, and in particular, their years at CalArts. Their conversation will touch upon CalArts in the 1970's—a period that produced many pioneering artists who played a vital role in shaping an identity for Southern California art and artists—and its place in the evolution of Beckman's practice as they discuss her innovative video and installation works, in particular the work You The Better (1983/2015), currently on view in The Broad's collection installation, Oracle.
About Ericka Beckman
Ericka Beckman's film work has been exhibited at festivals, museums and galleries around the world. Her work has been exhibited in "Film I Samtidskonsten" (Film and Contemporary Art), Stockholm; MAMCO, Geneva; Raven Row, London; Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland; the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Tate and the Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna; and Le Magasin, Grenoble, France. Beckman has an upcoming solo exhibition at Secession in Vienna, and she has been included in four Biennials at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
About Matt Mullican
Matt Mullican is an American visual artist whose work deals with systems of knowledge, meaning and language through drawing, collage, video, sculpture, performance and installation. Born in 1951 in Santa Monica, California, Mullican received his BFA from CalArts in 1974 and rose to prominence as a member of the Pictures generation. Matt Mullican's works have been shown at venues including the 55th Venice Biennale; Haus der Kunst, Munich; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Biennale São Paulo; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Museion, Bolzano, Italy; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; and Lentos Museum, Linz, Austria. He has exhibited in several editions of Documenta. Matt Mullican lives and works in New York and Berlin.