(left) Thomas Joshua Cooper at Point Mugu, California, 2018. Photo by Michael Govan, (right) Photo: Brigitte Lacombe

Artist Talk: Thomas Joshua Cooper in Conversation with Michael Govan

  • Sat 23 November 2019
  • 11.30 am

On the occasion of the exhibition ‘Thomas Joshua Cooper. The Capes of California’ – a complement to the concurrent Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA) exhibition ‘Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge’ – join us for a discussion with the artist and Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This event is free, however, reservations are recommended. Click here to register. Organized in coordination with the Museum, ‘The Capes of California’ at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles comprises 19 monumentally scaled photographs that together trace the extraordinary coast of California, the artist’s home state. The body of work represents the culmination of Cooper’s epic ‘Atlas’ project, an expedition that has captivated him for the last thirty years making pictures within the furthest reaches of the globe. ‘Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge’ is on view now through 2 February 2020 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.   About Thomas Joshua Cooper Born in San Francisco in 1946, Thomas Joshua Cooper studied art, philosophy, and literature at Humboldt State University before completing his Masters of Art in Photography at the University of New Mexico in 1972. His first solo show was held in 1971, and since then, he has been the subject of over 75 solo exhibitions throughout the world. He established the Fine Art Photography program at the Glasgow School of Art in 1982, where he has taught for over thirty years as the Head of the Fine Art Photography Department. He has received numerous awards including a Photography Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1978) and a John Simon Guggenheim Award (2009). In 2010, Cooper was the first recipient of the Lannan Visual Arts Award. He lives and works in Glasgow. About Michael Govan Michael Govan joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as Chief Executive Officer and Wallis Annenberg Director in 2006. In this role, he oversees all activities of the museum, from art programming to the expansion and upgrade of the museum’s 20-acre campus. During his tenure, LACMA has acquired by donation or purchase more than 32,000 works for the permanent collection, doubled gallery space and programs, and more than doubled its average annual attendance to more than one million. Currently the museum is in the process of building a new, state-of-the-art permanent collection building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor.

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