The first exhibition to explore the confluence of visual art and the written word in mid-century San Diego opens at the San Diego History Center in the heart of Balboa Park on May 11 with a private, invite-only preview from 5-6 p.m., followed by a public reception from 6-8pm.
“Gaps in the Record: Vanguard Print Culture” in San Diego documents the convergence of literary and visual art practices, and independent publishing activity, in the city’s mid-20th-century creative community. The exhibition includes printed matter and visual art produced by a small group of San Diego painters who were also writers: John Baldessari, Fred Cooper, Don Dudley, Malcolm McClain, Richard Allen Morris, and Guy Williams. Assembled from the personal archives of the artists involved, “Gaps in the Record” brings to light a lively literary and artistic subculture situated at the intersection of writing, printing, painting and publishing.
The exhibition is guest-curated by Dave Hampton.