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"John Divola: As Far As I Could Get" Collaborative Exhibition On View at Pomona College Museum of Art, LACMA and Santa Barbara Museum of Art


John Divola, Zuma ##9, 1978, 40 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

John Divola, Zuma ##9, 1978, 40 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

A collaborative exhibition representing photographer’s John Divola’s first career-spanning presentationwill be on view at Pomona College Museum of Art from Sept. 3-Dec. 22, 2013, Los Angeles County Museum of Art from Oct. 6, 2013-Feb. 2, 2014 and Santa Barbara Museum of Art from Oct. 13, 2013-Jan. 12, 2014.

Over the past four decades, John Divola has evolved a wide-ranging and rigorous body of work merging photography, painting, sculpture, performance, and conceptual art. Beginning in the late 1970s, as a student of artist and photographer Robert Heinecken at the University of California, Los Angeles, Divola was part of a reinvention of the photographic medium. Pushing its documentary and expressive capacities into new conceptual territory, he began using photography as a tool to record creative interventions into the landscape, the built environment, the studio, and the archive.

On view at the Pomona College Museum of Art are selections from Divola's Zuma series. In the early mornings and late evenings throughout 1977 and 1978, he repeatedly photographed an abandoned beach house on Zuma Beach in Malibu, California. Open to the elements, the property changed over time, altered by entropy and by human intervention.

"As Far as I Could Get" is part of a collaborative project led by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art with the participation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Pomona College Museum of Art. Complementary exhibitions of Divola's work are on view at LACMA October 6, 2013, through February 2, 2014, and at SBMA October 13, 2013 through January 12, 2014.

Related Pomona College Museum of Art events include:

Sat., Sept. 7, 5–7 p.m. 
Opening Reception

Thurs., Sept. 26, 7 p.m. 
Artist Lecture with John Divola

The Pomona College Museum of Art houses a substantial permanent collection as well as serving as a gallery for the display of temporary exhibitions. Important holdings include the Kress Collection of 15th and 16th century Italian panel paintings; more than 5,000 examples of Pre-Columbian to 20th century American Indian art and artifacts; and a large collection of American and European prints, drawings, and photographs, including works by Francisco de Goya, José Clemente Orozco and Rico Lebrun. The Pomona College Museum of Art is located at 330 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711 and is open Tues.-Sun., noon-5 p.m., Thurs., noon-11 p.m. 


Contact: (909) 621-8283 or museuminfo@pomona.edu or visit: www.pomona.edu/museum.