Screening and Performance/Lecture by artist George Herms
Beat-generation master George Herms presents a special screening and lecture/performance. This programming is organized in conjunction with the artist's exhibition LOVE George Herms opening at testsite on Sunday, September 7, from 4-6 p.m.
George Herms, Beat generation poet–performer-artist, is one of the founders of the California Assemblage Movement, and was included in the seminal MoMA exhibition The Art of Assemblage organized by William Seitz in New York in 1961. A friend to Wallace Berman, Diane di Prima, Allen Ginsberg, Walter Hopps and other notable art and literary figures in his youth, Herms is a cult-figure of the Los Angeles art scene whose art work, performances and poetry have continued to draw audiences and collectors across the United States and Europe. Discarded materials and found objects populate his singular assemblages, sculptures that are at once personal, prophetic, endearing and challenging. Equally influenced by poetry and jazz music, elements of improvisation and serendipity inform his creative process. Born in Woodland, California in 1935, Herms studied at UC Berkeley in 1955, and has taught as a lecturer in sculpture or served as an artist in residence at UCLA, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Otis and elsewhere.
Presented by testsite and the Department of Art and Art History.