May 23, 2012
Art History Professor Ken Allan published several essays and co-authored a chapter in “Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles Art, 1945-1980” (Getty Publications, 2011). The book, which traces the beginnings and transformation of the post-World War II art scene in southern California, was developed for a major program of the same name sponsored by the J. Paul Getty museum in Los Angeles. Allan focused on pop art of the 1960s and Marcel Duchamp’s 1963 Pasadena Art Museum retrospective, during which he notoriously played chess with a naked woman, and the street protests and outdoor art show against the Vietnam War in L.A.’s gallery district.
“The exhibit and book were major undertakings for the Getty,” Allan said. “The exhibition initiative involved a collaboration of more than 60 cultural institutions as well as a performance and public art festival. It has spurred much discussion about the rich variety of culture produced in Los Angeles that has often been marginalized in the story of recent American art.” Allan also served on a scholarly advisory committee and participated in workshops for the exhibition, which opened in October 2011. Allan received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 2006. He teaches courses on modern and contemporary art, specializing in American art of the 1960s. His recent publications include articles on Ed Ruscha (Art Bulletin, September 2010) and Wallace Berman (Art Journal, Spring 2011).
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 33 undergraduate and 7 advanced degrees. The Fine Arts Department offers degrees in music, theatre, and visual art and an MFA in Arts Leadership.
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