The Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica will present two exhibits featuring photographs by the late actor Dennis Hopper and Jerry McMillan, beginning Saturday, March 3 through April 7.
An opening reception is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. March 3 at the Bergamot Station gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. B3, Santa Monica.
The exhibits are part of the Getty initiative, Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945-1980.
The exhibit of McMillan’s images, called The Artist’s Image, will focus on one aspect of McMillan’s artistic practice, his portraits of artists. This exhibition demonstrates his inventive techniques and collaborative efforts at creating a persona rather than a mere likeness, a gallery spokesperson says.
Through symbolic and whimsically staged role-playing, McMillan produced implied narratives that were often intended for exhibition announcements and magazine advertisements, the spokesperson added.
The exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery will include McMillan’s vintage photos, contact sheets and examples of his work in exhibition announcements, catalogue design, magazine ads, and even personalized artist stationery.
Concurrently, the gallery will present an exhibition of photographs from the 1960s by Hopper, entitled The Fort Worth 400. The show consists of the original and intact collection of over four hundred vintage six-by-nine-inch photographs that were included in Hopper’s 1970 exhibition organized by Henry T. Hopkins for the Fort Worth Art Center Museum.
The exhibit includes Hopper’s iconic images of artists, film stars, musicians, poets, bikers, beatniks, hippies and civil rights marchers.