Best known for his legendary poster for the 1964 blockbuster surf film The Endless Summer and his album covers for the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street, and The Grateful Dead Skeletons in the Closet among others, John Van Hamersveld has built up a wide-ranging body of work over a career verging on its sixth decade. The iconography of his oeuvre runs deep.
know as an illustrator and designer, Van Hamersveld has been photographing
for many years: “The concept of the camera as not just a piece of
technology, but as a tool for visual poetry proved inspirational.”
Beginning in 1974, there were a series of shows of Van Hamersveld’s
photography, the second of which, entitled the Interval, occurred
in Venice, California. In 1975, Van Hamersveld exhibited T.V.LIFE.
at the Fisher Gallery at USC. Then in 1976, another set of photos were
exhibited at Long Beach Museum's Bicentennial show So Cal 76.
T.V. LIFE is part of Pacific Standard Time. Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011.
Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.
gallery events are free and open to the public.