State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 is a thorough investigation of seminal conceptual and related avant-garde activities in the late 1960s and early 70s and the critical interchange between artists living in the Golden State. The exhibition demonstrates the immense changes in artistic practice that coincided with the burgeoning number of art schools and university art departments, nonprofit art spaces, alternative galleries, and artist-run spaces and publications which not only provided exhibition opportunities but, in the relative absence of commercial support, also created a community that fostered an exchange of radical forms and ideas. Organized around central themes, the exhibition features approximately 150 works by 60 artists, ranging from those who became major international figures to lesser-known artists who nonetheless made important contributions. The exhibition consists of video, film, photography, installation, artist's books, drawing, and paintings. Additionally, there is extensive performance documentation and ephemera.
State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, is an exhibition curated by Constance Lewallen and Karen Moss, and co-organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The tour is organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and is made possible, in part, by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Video Data Bank, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), and with the generous support of Robert Redd, LLC, and the ICI Board of Trustees.
Support for State of Mind at The Bronx Museum of the Arts was provided by the generosity of Philip Aarons and Shelley Fox Aarons, Carolyn Alexander, Greene Naftali Gallery, Kraus Family Foundation, Don Savelson and Jane Wesman, Sperone Westwater Gallery, and Joshua Stein PLLC, with additional support from Marilyn and Stephen Greene, Brooke Garber Neidich and Daniel Neidich, Lenore and Adam Sender, other individuals, and Epson America through its Focused Giving Program.