An illustration of planet Earth.

Helen and Newton Harrison: California Work

Sep
19
2024
Jan
19
2025

Husband and wife Newton and Helen Harrison were among the earliest and most notable ecological artists. This is the first exhibition to focus on their California work, nearly 20 projects produced between the late 1960s and 2000s. Responding to growing environmental awareness, the Harrisons pushed conceptual art in new directions, from their efforts to make topsoil—endangered in many places—to their transformation of a Pasadena debris basin into a recreational area. The couple agreed that they would only take on projects that benefited the ecosystem. Helen and Newton Harrison: California Work revisits the Harrisons’ groundbreaking ecological concepts through re-staged performance artworks, drawings, paintings, photography, collages, maps, archival documentation of large-scale installations, and unrealized proposals for real-world ecological solutions. The Lagoon Cycle—a complex 360° photo mural in 60 parts—on display for the first time since it was acquired by the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1997.

"Tibet is the High Ground: Thinking About The Greening of Tibet," 1991-2014, Newton & Helen Mayer Harrison. Courtesy of the Harrison Family Trust.

Locations

04
Sep
19
2024
Jan
19
2025
La Jolla Historical Society. Photograph by Pablo Mason.
780 Prospect Street,

WED-SUN:12pm-4pm
MON-TUE:CLOSED

Sep
21
2024
Jan
19
2025
A photograph of a building and courtyard.
340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido

WED-SAT:11AM-5PM
SUN:1-5PM
MON-TUE:CLOSED

Sep
21
2024
Jan
12
2025
A photograph of a metal domed building.
330 Park Boulevard,

MON-TUE:11:30am-8pm
WED-SAT:9:30am-6pm
SUN:1pm-5pm

Sep
28
2024
Dec
7
2024
Photograph of a rectangular building at night. The top half of the building has  an illuminated projection of purple abstract shapes on a blue background.
9500 Gilman Drive,

THU-SAT: 12pm-8pm
SUN-WED: CLOSED

Sep
19
2024
Jan
19
2025
La Jolla Historical Society. Photograph by Pablo Mason.
780 Prospect Street,

WED-SUN:12pm-4pm
MON-TUE:CLOSED

Sep
21
2024
Jan
19
2025
A photograph of a building and courtyard.
340 North Escondido Boulevard, Escondido

WED-SAT:11AM-5PM
SUN:1-5PM
MON-TUE:CLOSED

Sep
21
2024
Jan
12
2025
A photograph of a metal domed building.
330 Park Boulevard,

MON-TUE:11:30am-8pm
WED-SAT:9:30am-6pm
SUN:1pm-5pm

Sep
28
2024
Dec
7
2024
Photograph of a rectangular building at night. The top half of the building has  an illuminated projection of purple abstract shapes on a blue background.
9500 Gilman Drive,

THU-SAT: 12pm-8pm
SUN-WED: CLOSED