Terrain: The Space Between
from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Terrain: The Space Between, from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation showcases works by artists Vija Celmins, Judy Pfaff, and Ed Ruscha.
Ed Ruscha (Pop artist Edward Ruscha (American, b.1937) was born in Nebraska and moved to Los Angeles in 1956 to study at the Chouinard Art Institute, intending to become a commercial artist. Quickly recognized in the 1960s as an important representative of the thriving Pop Art movement and a successor of the Beat Generation for his collages and text-based pieces, Ruscha’s work was exhibited at the Ferus, Leo Castelli, and Gagosian Galleries.
Judy Pfaff (American/British, b.1946) is an artist who is known for creating innovative Installation Art. Born in England, she has lived in the United States since the age of 13. Her educational achievements include a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, awarded in 1971, and an MFA from Yale University in 1973. One significant influence on Pfaff’s artistic style was Al Held (American, 1928–2005), an Expressionist painter who taught at Yale while Pfaff was earning her MFA.
Vija Celmins (American, b.1938) is an American painter and sculptor. Celmins was born in Riga, Latvia, and she immigrated to the United States at the age of 10, settling in Indiana with her family. In 1962, Celmins graduated with a BFA from the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, and then went on to study at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received an MFA in 1965. She then got a position as an instructor at the California State College, Los Angeles, from 1965 to 1966, before moving onto the University of California, Irvine, for the same position in 1967. She taught at the latter school for the next five years.