Vija Celmins

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1930s

1938

Vija Celmins is born in Riga, Latvia.

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1940s

1949

Vija Celmins moves to Indianapolis.

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1960s

1962

Vija Celmins receives her BFA from the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis.

1962

1960s 1964

Vija Celmins reads Beat poets like Michael McClure, a friend of Bruce Conner.

1965

Vija Celmins receives her MFA from UCLA.

1968

Vija Celmins, Untitled (Ocean), 1968. Graphite on paper; sheet: 14 × 18.7 in. (35.5 × 47.5 cm). Collection Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Lannan Foundation, 1997.106. Photo: The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY.

1969–73 1969

Vija Celmins has solo exhibitions at the Mizuno Gallery on La Cienega Boulevard.

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1970s

1970

Vija Celmins begins a printmaking practice in earnest at the Tamarind Art Institute and is invited to work there.

1971

Allen Ruppersberg proposes Al’s Grand Hotel for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s exhibition 24 Young Los Angeles Artists, which also includes Vija Celmins, Robert Cumming, and William Wegman.

1971

Vija Celmins, Robert Cumming, Allen Ruppersberg, and William Wegman participate in 24 Young Los Angeles Artists at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

1972

Announcement for the exhibition Grup Shrow at the Mizuno Gallery in Los Angeles, 1972. Featuring Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, and Vija Celmins. Gift of Riko Mizuno. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2010.M.84).

early 1970s 1973

Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, and Vija Celmins are included in a group show at the Mizuno Gallery.

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2010s

2010

The Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, celebrates 50 years with two exhibitions that feature works by artists including Garo Antreasian, Vija Celmins, Roy De Forest, Ed Ruscha, and June Wayne.

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