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Artists and Curator in Conversation: Mike Mandel, Larry Sultan, and Jim Goldberg with Constance Lewallen

MATRIX 30th Anniversary Event




June 22, 2008; 43 Minutes; Video

Part of a series of public programs celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the MATRIX Program for Contemporary Art, this conversation featured former MATRIX artists Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan, Jim Goldberg, and former MATRIX Curator Constance Lewallen.

Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan showed strong photographic and photography-based work in their 1983 MATRIX 61 exhibition Newsroom. Sultan continues to work in photography and teaches in the Bay Area. Mandel, currently based in Massachusetts, makes innovative public art projects inspired by photography. Goldberg’s 1987 MATRIX 106 exhibition, The Nursing Home Series, comprised day-to-day photographs of his subjects accompanied by their own comments and reflections on the images. Goldberg currently lives and works in the Bay Area, continuing his photographic practice as well as teaching.

Originally hired as the museum’s second MATRIX curator (after Michael Auping), Constance Lewallen organized dozens of shows by then-emerging artists from 1980 through 1988. As senior curator of exhibitions at BAM from 1997 to 2007, she curated many large-scale traveling exhibitions, including major retrospectives of Joe Brainard, Paul Kos, Ant Farm, and Bruce Nauman.