There’s a way in which is a group exhibition built upon conversations, connections, and community. While the legacy of an artist is oftentimes seen through the lens of his or her work, exhibitions, or market success, There’s a way in which remembers the photographer Larry Sultan (1946–2009) through his influence as a teacher, mentor, and collaborator with a diverse group of artists. Through this exhibition, Sultan and his students are once again side by side, set in dialogue with one another—as they were during his long career as a colleague and teacher.
Beginning as a conversation with several of the artists involved, the scope ofThere’s a way in which grew swiftly to include over 30 artists influenced by Sultan’s teaching. Although he is renowned for his work as a photographer, Sultan’s impact at the California College of the Arts reached far beyond that discipline; the exhibition accordingly features diverse media from photography and sculpture to installation, video, and fiber. Privileging chance and collaboration over structure and constraints, Sultan’s teaching practice encouraged his students to find their own voice. The exhibition creates a snapshot of the resulting creative community and reflects the man at the center of it.
Artists in the exhibition include John Chiara, Liz Cohen, Sofia Cordova, Dru Donovan, Harrell Fletcher, Joshua Greene, Gregory Halpern, Jason Hanasik, Todd Hido, Whitney Hubbs, Jessica Ingram, Josef Jacques, Sean McFarland, Klea McKenna, Tricia Lawless Murray, Kelsey Nicholson, Abner Nolan, Jennifer O’Keeffe, Ahndraya Parlato, Laura Plageman, Brittany Powell, Jon Rubin, Asha Schechter, Paul Schiek, Jessica Skloven, Hank Willis Thomas, Peter Haakon Thompson, Mary Tsiongas, Lindsey White, Carmen Winant, and Kelli Yon.
Larry Sultan was born in New York and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. After receiving his BA from UC Santa Barbara, Sultan attended the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1988 Sultan began teaching at CCA. Though his practice comprises many projects, including commercial work, Sultan’s most noted series includes the conceptually driven book Evidence (1977), done in collaboration with Mike Mandel, Pictures from Home (1992), and The Valley (2004).
Curated by Liz Glass and Amanda Hunt.