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Robert McChesney & Emerson Woelffer: 1959-1964

April 7 - May 12, 2018


Robert McChesney & Emerson Woelffer: 1959-1964

Opening Reception
4-7 PM

Panel Discussion
5:30 PM

Woelffer specialist Manny Silverman 
McChesney specialist Dennis Calabi
in conversation with Hunter Drohojowska-Philp

Saturday’s opening reception for Robert McChesney & Emerson Woelffer: 1959-1964 will include a panel discussion moderated by KCRW Art Talk’s Hunter Drohojowska-Philp. Woelffer and McChesney were both pivotal figures in Californian abstract art in the middle of the 20th century; the panel will feature experts on each artist in conversation with Drohojowska-Philp, who is a California Collections Specialist for the Smithsonian.

Hunter Drohojowska-Philp writes about art, design and architecture. Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe, her first book and the most definitive biography of the artist to date, was published by W.W. Norton in September, 2004. Her most recent book, Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s, was published in 2011 by Henry Holt and Company and was on the LA Times bestseller list in the non-fiction category. Drohojowska-Philp's monographs include Modernism Rediscovered, the three-volume set of architectural photographs by Julius Shulman and Pedro Guerrero, photographs of work by Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and others, as well as Sensual Mechanical: The Art of Craig Kauffman published in 2012. She has written catalogue essays on the work of many contemporary artists including John Baldessari, Alexis Smith, Robert Graham and Craig Kauffman. Most recently, she has accepted the position of California Collections Specialist for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Drohojowska-Philp is a regular contributor to ArtNews magazine and the Los Angeles Times. Over the years, she's written for Art in America, Artforum, Art and Auction, Architectural Digest, and has been involved in a variety of radio and television programs. She was the LA Weekly’s first art critic. From 1987 to 1996, Drohojowska-Philp was chair of the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Otis College of Art and Design. She lectures widely on modern and contemporary art.