September 26, 2004 - Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) - Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s-70s
September 26, 2004

Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s-70s

Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s-70s
13 June - 3 October 2004

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA
For more information, contact
Media Relations: Rachel Bauch
Tel. (323) 857-6543
E-mail: rbauch [​at​]

Cildo Meireles (b. 1948, Brazil), The Southern Cross, 1969-1970 Wood, 3/8 in x 3/8 in x 3/8 in, Collection of the artist

Groundbreaking LACMA exhibition is the first to explore highly influential postwar art movements in an international context.


The LACMA-organized Beyond Geometry exhibition provides a revelatory and fresh look at the art of an era that pulsated with the excitement of experimentation-when artists still believed in an avant-garde. Beyond Geometry: Experiments in Form, 1940s-70s ends its Los Angeles run October 3, 2004. Come experience the exhibition that was the first to:

examine the role of radically simplified form and systematic strategies in the evolution of vanguard art across the West

present these issues art-historically, in a broad international framework

consider South American Concrete art outside of a regional context

Included are 200 works by more than 130 artists, including examples of European and South American Concrete Art, Argentine Arte Madi, Brazilian Neo-Concretism, Kinetic and Op Art, U.S. Minimalism, and various forms of Post-Minimalism, including Process and Conceptual Art.

New York Times’ Michael Kimmelman writes, “What matters is the ethos of countercultural disruption, looking at the world and art through the other end of the telescope which is the heart of [LACMA's] Beyond Geometry.” Curator Lynn Zelevansky broadened that idea, sculpting a truly intercontintental exhibition, full of artists who developed radical new forms of art making, simultaneously reflecting and helping to shape a socially and politically-charged period.

Beyond Geometry travels to Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida, where it will be on view from November 19, 2004, through April 24, 2005.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It was supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicated to expanding American understanding of history and culture. Additional support was provided by Gallery C. Transportation assistance was provided by Lufthansa German Airlines. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Special thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy/French Consulate Los Angeles, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, Vitae, Institut fr Auslandsbeziehungen, Germany, the Embassy of Brazil, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Consulate General of the Netherlands, and the Polish Cultural Institute.

Exhibition Curator.
Lynn Zelevansky, Curator and Department Head, Modern and Contemporary Art, LACMA

General Information
For general information, the public should call 323 857-6000. For press information, images, or to schedule an interview, please contact Rachel Bauch at 323 857-6543 or

Established as an independent institution in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has assembled a permanent collection that includes approximately 100,000 works of art spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present, making it the premier encyclopedic visual arts museum in the western United States. Located in the heart of one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, the museum uses its collection and resources to provide a variety of educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the people who live in, work in, and visit Los Angeles. LACMA offers an outstanding schedule of special exhibitions, as well as lectures, classes, family activities, film programs, and world-class musical events.

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