Laura Owens

decade

1970s

1970

Laura Owens is born in Euclid, Ohio.

decade

1990s

1994

Laura Owens, Rebecca Morris, Ruth Root, and others at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, 1994. Courtesy of the artist; Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, Rome; Sadie Coles HQ, London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.

1994

Laura Owens earns her MFA from CalArts in 1994.

1994

After Skowhegan, Laura Owens finds a studio space in Eagle Rock, California.

1994

Rebecca Morris and Laura Owens meet and become roommates at the summer program of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.

1997

Rebecca Morris interviews Laura Owens for an article in Art Muscle.

1998

Installation view, Jorge Pardo, Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, 1998. Works shown: Jorge Pardo, Untitled, 1998. Mixed media; dimensions variable; Laura Owens, Untitled, 1998. Acrylic on canvas; 66 × 72 in. (167.6 × 182.9 cm); Jorge Pardo, Untitled, 1998. Mixed media; dimensions variable; Laura Owens, Untitled, 1998. Acrylic on canvas; 66 × 72 in. (167.6 × 182.9 cm); and Jorge Pardo, Untitled, 1998. Mixed media; dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist; Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, Rome; Sadie Coles HQ, London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne.
Laura Owens, Untitled, 1998. Acrylic and oil on canvas; 168 × 132 in. (426.7 × 335.3 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Andrea and Jim Gordon, 2000.4. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

late 1990s 1998

Rebecca Morris and Laura Owens often play basketball with other artists, including Mari Eastman, Mark Grotjahn, and Tyson Reeder.

1998

While dating, Laura Owens and Jorge Pardo collaborate on an exhibition at Patrick Painter Inc.

1998

When Rebecca Morris first moves to Los Angeles, she rents a studio in the Eagle Rock building where Laura Owens and many other artists have studios.

decade

2010s

2012

Laura Owens, Wendy Yao (founder of the bookstore Ooga Booga), and Owens’s dealer Gavin Brown found 356 Mission in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. It begins as Owen’s studio.

2013

356 Mission opens to the public.

2014

Aaron Curry, Laura Owens, and Sterling Ruby are included in the group exhibition Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting.

2015

Laura Owens’s space 356 Mission hosts a solo exhibition of Rebecca Morris’s work.

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