Mike Mandel: Good 70s
On view May 20–August 20, 2017
This exhibition explores the diverse work of conceptual artist and photographer Mike Mandel, focusing on the work he made during the 1970s, a fruitful decade for the artist. Good 70s includes photographs, books and a film, all made during the same period he was collaborating with his friend, photographer Larry Sultan. (A retrospective of Sultan’s work, Larry Sultan: Here and Home, is on view on Floor 3 from April 15 to July 23, 2017.) Mandel’s tongue-in-cheek, socially conscious projects include Myself: Timed Exposures (1971), in which he inserts himself into funny and commonplace situations; Seven Never Before Published Portraits of Edward Weston (1974), which reproduces correspondence he initiated with men named Edward Weston; and his Baseball-Photographer Trading Cards (1975), featuring subjects like Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham, as well as work from his book SF Giants, An Oral History (1979).