In the late seventies, John Divola (American, born 1949) stumbled upon an abandoned property in Zuma Beach in Southern California. Between 1977-1978, he observed, augmented, and photographed this building, and it is the subject of one of his earliest and most renowned projects entitled Zuma, 1979.
The structure was repeatedly burned and damaged in various ways by the fire department who utilized it for training exercises and practice drills. Divola himself also made additions of paint and graffiti, and these marks were augmented by others’ vandalism, decay from natural elements, and the passage of time.
This exhibition is organized by the Palm Springs Art Museum and curated by Rochelle Steiner, originating curator.
This season’s exhibitions are sponsored by the Herman & Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation.