Landmarks: Sculpture Commissions for the Stuart Collection, University of CA, San Diego

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In 1981, The Stuart foundation, a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to funding experimental public sculpture, and the University of California, San Diego formed an extraordinary partnership to create the only major public, site-specific sculpture collection in the world. This collection has redefined the entire arena of public art. Instead of asking artists to create an object, without reference to the site, they required that each artist explore the campus carefully, and create a site-specific piece that could be integrated into the beautifully landscaped, 1,200-acre UCSD campus in La Jolla. The collection includes work by some of the most important contemporary artists, including Niki de Saint Phalle, William Wegman, Bruce Nauman, Kiki Smith, Nam June Paik and Robert Irwin, among others.

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Mary Livingstone Beebe has been the director of the Stuart Collection since it began in 1981. From 1972 until 1981, she was Director of the Portland Center for the Visual Arts (PCVA) in Portland, Oregon. Prior to that she worked at the Fogg Museum, Harvard University; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Museum of Art in Portland, Oregon. She lectures extensively throughout this country and in Europe, and serves as a spokesperson on panels, juries, and advisory committees.

Joan Simon is a writer, editor, curator, and arts administrator specializing in contemporary art, working independently for museums, foundations, and publishers in the United States and Europe. Her publications include books and catalogs devoted to artists such as Ann Hamilton, Susan Rothenberg, Joan Jonas, Jenny Holzer, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Bruce Nauman, including serving as General Editor of the Bruce Nauman catalogue raisonné. Since 1990, Simon has divided her time between Paris and New York.

Robert Storr is an artist and critic, and a senior curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He most recently curated an exhibition of Gerhard Richter's October 18, 1977 paintings at The Modern, and authored a catalog in conjunction with the show (Gerhard Richter: October 18, 1977). Storr also co-organized Making Choices (1920-1960), the second cycle of MoMA 2000, for which his curatorial projects include The Dream of Utopia/Utopia of the Dream, How Simple Can You Get?, Modern Art despite Modernism, New York Salon, Paris Salon, The Raw and the Cooked, and War.

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