Sharrissa Iqbal, a Ph.D. student in the UCI Ph.D. Program in Visual Studies, will curate an exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum.

The exhibition, Particles and Waves: Southern California Abstraction and Modern Physics, 1945 to 1980, is part of the Getty’s arts initiative, Pacific Standard Time. This initiative includes dozens of exhibitions, publications, performances, public conversations and programs across Southern California. The works included are focused on the intertwined histories of art and science and the past and present. Together, these works will address some of the most complex challenges of the 21st century—from climate change and environmental racism to the current pandemic and artificial intelligence—and the creative solutions these problems require.

"This exhibition offers an exciting opportunity to explore the interrelated histories of scientific research and artistic experimentation in Southern California,” said Iqbal. “After World War II, a wide range of artists in and around Los Angeles produced visually abstract artworks concerned with scientific theories, mathematical models, and engineered technologies. By bringing together a vibrant intersection of non-figurative artworks influenced by modern physics, Particles and Waves will shed new light on the history of artistic abstraction in the region."

Iqbal is an expert on California modernism, minimalism, abstract art and design. Her research focuses on modern art in California, particularly the relationships between abstract artwork and its cultural context. She is currently finishing her dissertation on abstract art and modern physics in 20th-century Los Angeles.

The exhibition is scheduled to open in 2024.

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