Stephen Prina

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1950s

1954

Stephen Prina is born in Galesburg, Illinois.

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1970s

1974

Stephen Prina earns his associate’s degree from Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois.

1970s 1977

Mike Kelley and Stephen Prina meet at CalArts. Because Prina is a musician, Kelley invites him to play keyboard in an iteration of his band, Gobbler.

1977

Stephen Prina earns his BFA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

1978

Stephen Prina moves to Los Angeles to attend CalArts. He was drawn to the school due to the number of conceptual artists among the faculty, including John Baldessari and Douglas Huebler.

1978

Although they weren’t in the same years, Stephen Prina recalls first catching a “glimpse” of Mike Kelley during Prina’s first-semester orientation at CalArts.

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1980s

1980

Stephen Prina earns his MFA from CalArts.

1980–2003 1980

Stephen Prina teaches at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.

1984–88 1984

Jorge Pardo attends the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, where Mike Kelley and Stephen Prina are his teachers.

1988

Stephen Prina, Exquisite Corpse: The Complete Paintings of Manet, No.   of 556, 1988–present. Ink wash on rag, barrier paper, and offset lithography on paper; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of the William J. Hokin Family, 2014.14.a–b. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

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1990s

1990

Jorge Pardo has a solo exhibition at The Garage, Thomas Solomon’s gallery in West Hollywood, after being introduced to Solomon by Stephen Prina.

1992

Poster for Beat of the Traps, performance by artists Mike Kelley, Anita Pace, and Stephen Prina, 1992. Gindi Auditorium, University of Judaism, Los Angeles. Image courtesy of Track 16.

1992

Anita Pace explains her interest in collaboration, including with Mike Kelley and Stephen Prina on the performance Beat of the Traps.

1992

Mike Kelley accepts a teaching position at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena alongside Richard Hawkins and Stephen Prina.

1992

Mike Kelley, Anita Pace, and Stephen Prina collaborate on the performance piece Beat of the Traps, which premieres at Gindi Auditorium, University of Judaism, Los Angeles.

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2000s

2002

Mike Kelley, Stephen Prina, and Jim Shaw perform in Shaw’s performance The Initiation Ritual of the 360 Degrees at MoMA PS1.

Photo of God’s Oasis in The Ann Arbor News, Wednesday, June 23, 1976. Pictured from left: Marju Nemvaltz, Rick Greenvald, and Jim Shaw on the porch; David Owen and Mike Kelley on lawn. Photo: Larry E. Wright. Image courtesy of the Ann Arbor District Library.

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