Cool School, Ferus Gallery Documentary

“Survey Select” takes you on a journey down La Cienega Boulevard on Wednesday night introducing you to the famed Ferus Gallery, the first significant post-war collection of artists in Los Angeles (1957—1966). The Ferus Gallery began in late 1956 after founder, Walter Hopps met with fine artist Ed Kienholz for lunch at a hot dog stand on La Cienega and both signing a contract on a hot dog wrapper that stated, “We will be partners in art for five years.”

Wallace Berman // Ed Moses

Operating out of a small storefront, the gallery became a bridge between the Los Angeles and New York art scenes. In the west the Ferus Gallery launched the careers of Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Craig Kauffman, Wallace Berman, Ed Moses and Robert Irwin. And in the east the gallery played a major role in solidifying Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.

Frank Stella // Donald Judd

On Wednesday night you will be introduced to the “Cool School” directed, written and produced by Morgan Neville who believes the art scene created by the Ferus Gallery, “is really just now fully maturing. L.A. has really come into its own as an art capital.”

Survey Select is located at 1400 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. Show times begin at 7 pm, $10 at the door for Art House Films, “The Cool School” and “Keith Haring” documentaries.

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