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From Car to Canvas: The Juxtapoz Factor

  • Petersen Automotive Museum 6060 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles, CA, 90036 United States (map)

Drawing from an array of Southern California subcultures, including comix, graffiti, and the rod and custom world, Lowbrow Art broke from the dominant abstract and gestural art movements of the mid to late twentieth century. Snubbed by the mainstream art world until the pivotal 1993 Kustom Kulture exhibit at the Laguna Art Museum, the Lowbrow Art movement found a home with the founding of Juxtapoz magazine in 1994. Please join us Saturday, February 23rd for a panel discussion with artists and curators featured in our current exhibit Auto-Didactic: The Juxtapoz School, including Robert Williams, Meg Linton, Phil Linhares, and Kenny Scharf moderated by Pat Ganahl. Event is free with paid admission. Light refreshments will be served.

Event requires purchase of a general admission ticket.

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Robert Williams is an internationally renowned painter, hot rodder, and underground comix artist. After working as an art director for Ed “Big Daddy Roth” in the mid-1960s, Williams transitioned to the rebellious anti-war circles of early underground comix as a member of the ZAP Comix collective. In his groundbreaking 1979 book The Lowbrow Art of Robt. Williams, he introduced the term “lowbrow” into the fine arts lexicon. Though controversial, the term came to represent an aggregate of artists from Southern California’s various subcultures. Following the Laguna Art Museum’s 1993 exhibition Kustom Kulture: The Art of Von Dutch, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Robert Williams & Others, Williams founded Juxtapoz Magazine as a publication for a growing number of artists working outside of the artistic mainstream.

Pat Ganahl is a highly respected automotive journalist and photographer. In addition to a distinguished career as a writer for numerous magazines and the editor of Hot Rod, Rod & Custom, Street Rodder and The Rodder's Journal, Ganahl has published 20 books, including the definitive works on Ed "Big Daddy" Roth and Von Dutch. He has also contributed to several museum exhibitions and catalogs concerning the relationship between hot rods and art, including the seminal exhibition Kustom Kulture: Von Dutch, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Robert Williams & Others at the Laguna Art Museum. Although retired, his long career as an automotive writer and photographer has earned him several Moto and Maggie awards and membership in five Halls of Fame.

In addition to serving as the Chief Curator of Art at the Oakland Museum of California for 20 years, Philip E. Linhares is also a prominent hot rod owner and enthusiast featured in publications such as Hot Rod Garages and Rod & Custom Magazine. Prior to his position at the OMC, Linhares was the Director of the Mills College Art Gallery, Director of Exhibitions at the San Francisco Art Institute, and Director of the Graduate Program at the California College of Arts and Crafts, where he originally received his M.F.A. During his tenure as the Chief Curator of Art, Linhares curated numerous exhibitions focusing on California’s various art scenes and car culture, including Hot Rods and Customs: The Men and Machines of California’s Car Culture (1996), Anatomy of a Hot Rod (2006), and L.A. Paint (2008).


Meg Linton is the CEO of the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation and has 20 years of experience running nonprofit and academic contemporary art spaces in Southern California. In 2008, Linton served as guest curator for the exhibition In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor, organized by the Laguna Art Museum, which examined the artists and art associated with Juxtapoz Magazine and its development in relation to changes in contemporary art. Linton has served as the Director of Galleries and Exhibitions at the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles; Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum; and Curator of Exhibitions at the University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach. In 1994, she cofounded Griffin Linton Contemporary Exhibitions in Venice and Costa Mesa, California and worked at The New Museum of Contemporary Art as Curatorial Assistant to founding director Marcia Tucker.


Kenny Scharf is a painter and installation artist best known for work inspired by comic books and pop culture. Born in Los Angeles, where he lives and works today, Scharf attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City and became part of the East Village art scene during the 1980s. As a professional artist and early contributor to Juxtapoz Magazine, Scharf bridges art developed on both coasts. Adapting a combination of popular culture and biomorphic imagery, Scharf seeks to establish his work in the fields of painting, sculpture, and performance, examples of which can be seen throughout Los Angeles─adorning architecture and automobiles alike.


Later Event: March 2
Petersen Volunteer Open House