A champion of under-recognized artists and art forms, Seymour Rosen (1935–2006) was a pioneer in the effort to preserve artist-built environments. As a young man, he was captivated by the art environments that dotted the California landscape. He photographed the sites and advocated for their preservation for some fifty years. Among the works he helped to protect was Simon Rodia’s majestic Watts Towers.
In 1976, Rosen’s photographs were exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In that groundbreaking exhibition titled “In Celebration of Ourselves,” hundreds of Rosen’s images captured the idiosyncratic, roadside scenes of California. The exhibition is largely credited with encouraging Rosen to found SPACES (Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments) in 1978.
This exhibition draws from SPACES archives and features a selection of Rosen’s photographs from that noteworthy show.
SPACES is a nonprofit public benefit organization that was incorporated in 1978 for the purposes of identifying, documenting, and advocating for the preservation of large-scale art environments. Founding director Seymour Rosen conceived of SPACES as a national (and, later, an international) organization. Currently operating out of offices in northern California, it boasts an archive of approximately 35,000 photographs as well as numerous books, articles, audiotapes and videotapes/DVDs, and artists’ documents.
You’re invited to Opening Night in our yearlong series dedicated to artist-built environments!
Seven multidisciplinary exhibitions exploring art environments
Musical performance by Jim White and Paul Fonfara
Followed by DJ and dancing
Members are Free (remember to bring your card for fast check-in)
$15 in advance/$25 at door
Feb. 25, 2017Get Tickets
This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding was also provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Kohler Trust for the Arts and Education, and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The Arts Center thanks its many members for their support of exhibitions and programs through the year.