press release

This international traveling exhibition documents the community of creative people that coalesced around Wallace Berman (1926-1976), the quintessential visual artist of the Beat era. Showcasing the artists and poets who contributed to "Semina", Berman's free-form journal published in California in the 1950s and 60s, this multimedia exhibition includes rarely seen collages, paintings, assemblages and films by Toni Basil, Jay DeFeo, Allen Ginsberg, Walter Hopps, Michael McClure, Dean Stockwell, and Berman himself. Particularly exciting is the inclusion of works by two artists with Kansas roots. Bruce Conner was born in McPherson, grew up in Wichita and attended Wichita University (now Wichita State). Actor and filmmaker Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider, Blue Velvet) was born in Dodge City and as a child attended art classes at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. "Semina Culture: Wallace Berman & His Circle" has been organized for the Santa Monica Museum of Art by co-curators Michael Duncan and Kristine McKenna. The Santa Monica Museum of Art is grateful to the following foundations and organizations for support of the exhibition and catalog: Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons; Charles Brittin; LLWW Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Pasadena Art Alliance. Special thanks Mr. Harry Pollak and The Wilson Foundation for their support of the local showing of "Semina Culture".


Semina Culture
Wallace Berman & His Circle
Kuratoren: Michael Duncan, Kristine McKenna

mit Wallace Berman, Robert Alexander, John Altoon, Toni Basil, Paul Beattie, Ray & Bonnie Bremser, Charles Brittin, Joan Brown, Cameron, Bruce Conner, Jean Conner, Jay DeFeo, Diane DiPrima, Kirby Doyle, Bobby Driscoll, Robert Duncan, Joe Dunn, Llyn Foulkes, Loree Foxx, Ralph Gibson, Allen Ginsberg, Billy Gray, George Herms, Jack Hirschman, Dennis Hopper, Billy Jahrmarkt, Jess, Lawrence Jordan, Patricia Jordan, Bob Kaufman, Philip Lamantia, William Margolis, Michael McClure, Taylor Mead, David Meltzer, Henry Miller, Stuart Perkoff, John Reed, Arthur Richer, Rachel Rosenthal, Jack Smith, Dean Stockwell, Ben Talbert, Russel Tamblyn, Aya (Tarlow), Edmund Teske, Zack Walsh, Lew Welch, John Wieners
Filme von Toni Basil, Jay DeFeo, Allen Ginsberg, Walter Hopps, Michael McClure, Dean Stockwell, Wallace Berman

17.09.05 - 26.11.05 Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica
10.01.06 - 15.03.06 Nora Eccles Harrison Museum, Logan
21.04.06 - 09.07.06 Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita
17.10.06 - 10.12.06 Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley
16.01.07 - 31.03.07 Grey Art Gallery, New York