One of most important collections of works on paper in the United States, the UCLA Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts is an archive of more than 45,000 prints, drawings, photographs and artists' books dating from the Renaissance to the present.
Recipient of a Ph.D. from Stanford University, Rodes has been a driving force at UCLA since he began as an assistant professor of English in 1966. He is a Fulbright and Sanforth fellow, and has chaired numerous UCLA campus committees. In 1972 he was given the university's Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 1995, was decorated by the French government.
In 1989 Rodes became acting director of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, and in 1992 he was named its director. His teaching experience and knowledge of Renaissance culture have strengthened the collection and expanded its use by UCLA faculty and students.
During his directorship, Rodes oversaw the acquisition of approximately 1,500 works on paper for the Grunwald Center's collection, most recently, the Eunice and Hal David collection of 19th- and 20th-century works on paper, a promised gift of 60 drawings including works by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso. Rodes has been named director emeritus of the center and an honorary member of the Friends of the Graphic Arts.
"The museum would like to thank David Rodes for his enormous contributions to the Grunwald Center. His influence will resonate for many years to come," said Ann Philbin, director of the UCLA Hammer Museum. "I also want to congratulate Cindy on her new position at the Grunwald Center. I am confident that she will maintain the high standard for the Grunwald Collection, which has garnered international attention for its in-depth collections and exhibitions of works of art on paper."
Cynthia Burlingham, the new director, has been working at the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts for 19 years. She was previously its associate director and continues to serve as its chief curator. She also is the deputy director of collections of the UCLA Hammer Museum, where she oversees the Armand Hammer collection of paintings, the Hammer Daumier and contemporaries collection, and the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden on the UCLA campus.
A specialist in the history of prints, Burlingham has curated more than 50 exhibitions, including the acclaimed exhibition "The French Renaissance in Prints: From the BibliothÃƒÂ¨que Nationale de France," which traveled to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and "The World From Here: Treasures of the Great Libraries of Los Angeles." She currently is curating the exhibition, "Proof of Genius: The Prints of Albrecht Dürer," which will open at the museum in September, and is overseeing, with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the organization of "Show & Tell: Masters of 20th-Century American Comics," which will go display at both institutions in the fall of 2005.
Burlingham obtained a B.A. at Pitzer College in Claremont before receiving her M.A. in art history from Oberlin College in Ohio.
Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts
The Grunwald Center's holdings comprise more than 45,000 works on paper. Established in 1956 with a substantial gift of prints and drawings by Fred Grunwald, the collecton has been enriched steadily through significant acquisitions and donations. Most recently, the center acquired a selection of contemporary prints from Gemini G.E.L. including works by Richard Serra and Ellsworth Kelly; two 16th-century woodcuts by Albrecht DÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¼rer, "Calvary With the Three Crosses" and "St. Michael Fighting the Dragon"; as well as the Eunice and Hal David collection of 19th- and 20th-century works on paper.
A diverse selection of artists are represented by the Grunwald collection, including Rembrandt van Rijn, Giorgio Ghisi, Giovanni Piranesi, Paul CÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©zanne, KÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¤the Kollwitz, Jasper Johns, Vija Celmins, Lorna Simpson and Kiki Smith.
A primary resource for teaching and research, the center serves UCLA students, faculty, and the public, and organizes exhibitions and publications in the area of the graphic arts.
The UCLA Hammer Museum
The UCLA Hammer Museum is dedicated to exploring the diversity of artistic expression through the ages, recognizing that artists play a crucial role in all aspects of culture and society. Founded by Dr. Armand Hammer in 1990, the museum's collections include The Armand Hammer collection of old master, impressionist and post-impressionist paintings; The Armand Hammer Daumier and contemporaries collection; The Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts; and the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden on the UCLA campus.
The museum's programming spans the classics to the cutting-edge, presenting exhibitions of historical and contemporary art, architecture, and design alongside selections from its permanent collections. The museum also presents approximately 10 Hammer Projects each year focusing on the work of emerging artists. The series provides international and local artists with a laboratory-like environment to create new work or to present existing work in a new context, and reflects the museum's commitment to serving artists by providing a responsive, flexible arena for presenting their work to the Los Angeles community.
- Web site: www.hammer.ucla.edu; phone: (310) 443-7000; TTY: (310) 443-7094.
- Museum hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Thursdays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays; closed Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
- The Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts Hours: By appointment only, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. To make an appointment, call (310)443-7078.
- Admission: $5 for adults; $3 for seniors (65 and up) and UCLA Alumni Association members; free for museum members, students with identification, UCLA faculty/staff and visitors 17 and under. The museum is free for everyone on Thursdays.
- Location/parking: The museum is located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Parking is available under the museum. Rates are $2.75 for the first two hours with museum validation. Parking for people with disabilities is provided on levels P1 and P3.
- Museum tours: For reservations and information, call (310)443-7041.
The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center is operated by UCLA. Occidental Petroleum Corporation has partially endowed the museum and constructed the Occidental Petroleum Cultural Center Building, which houses the museum.