The post-World War II influence of Beatnik poetry, jazz and art interpretation around the California Coast created a revolution in the Orange County surf world. This exhibition defines the connections between the Beat Culture of the 1950’s to Surf Art and culture in Orange County. The Beats changed the mindset of a young generation leading to an anti-establishment and rebellious freedom into the 1960s. The parallel beat counter-culture movement of art, poetry and music formulated the beginning of modern surf art, which percolated in the coffee houses and cafes of Orange County; Sid’s Blue Beat, Insomniac Café, Laguna’s Café Frankenstein, The Light House, The Golden Bear and the Prison of Socrates. This exhibit recreates the feel of the early cafes along the Orange County Coast and includes work in music, art, poetry and advertising genres from 1953-1964.
Surf’s Beat Generation features the work of local influential artists Rex Brandt, Wayne La Com, Phil Dike, George James, Paul Darrow, Karl Benjamin, Andy Wing, Roger Kuntz and Milford Zornes. This exhibit will connect the world of fine art to early paintings from John Severson, the father of early surf art, who was influenced by the beat generation. The exhibit will include Bohemian-style graphics and advertisements featured in surf magazines and local surfboard shops. Severson, along with Bud Brown and Greg Noll, were instrumental in early surf films. We will showcase posters, early surf films, and original issues of Severson’s The Surfer Magazine. The show will explore surf photography legend Ron Church, local surf shop logos, graphics and popular cartoons including early Rick Griffin and Michael Dormer.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Press|
|Product dimensions:||9.60(w) x 12.40(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
While earning an MA in Exhibition Design, Rhonda is concentrating her creative experience in communicating to the public through the visual language of art, media and culture in the context of museums, galleries and education.
Chrystal McCluney, a Southern California native, grew up in the sunset glow of the surf and music culture of Los Angeles. After earning a BA in Communications and a MA in Audio Production, she blended her training into a career as a music supervisor and event planner for a production company in Orange County. This invaluable experience eventually seasoned into a transition to museum work.
Chrystal is currently working on an MA in Exhibition Design at California State University Fullerton. Her love of history and music emerge in her curating and design style.
Costa Mesa-based Jim Washburn has written about music and popular culture for the Los Angeles Times, the OC Register, the OC Weekly and other publications, as well as the MSN and fourstory.org websites. He co-authored the books Martin Guitars, an Illustrated Celebration and John Crean: The Wheel and I. He has curated four exhibits at the Fullerton Museum Center, including: The Orange Groove, Orange Countyâ€™s Rock Music History and Lay Down the Boogie: OC in the Disco Era. In 2012, he was a guest lecturer at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts Chautauqua! engagement.