FY19 Projects

Unique Multiples: Teaching with the Parkett Collection

Submitted by Shelby Graham, Co-curator of the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery 

Sponsored by Randy Wedding

Approved November 19, 2018


The Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at the University of California, Santa Cruz presents Unique Multiples: Teaching with the Parkett Collection during fall quarter 2020, co-curated by Gallery Director Shelby Graham and Professor Enrique Leal. This exhibition will feature approximately 60 selected works from the over 200 works that make up the Parkett Collection* housed at the University of Castilla -­‐ La Mancha School of Fine Arts’ Contemporary Art Archives & Collections, located in Cuenca, Spain. This is a unique opportunity to host a traveling exhibition and the largest collection of objects and prints ever compiled outside of Spain from the Parkett Collection, a literary arts magazine of leading international artists.

The opportunity to present the first public exhibition filled with limited editions of objects and prints by influential 21st century artists bursts open the doors of theory creating new experiences for students and the public. The singular artifacts and graphic works included in the renowned Parkett Collection, offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore the very premises of “unique multiples” as practiced by internationally influential contemporary artists. The exhibition draws attention to the democratization of contemporary art provided to the public through a subscription to an art journal. Unique Multiples: Teaching with the Parkett Collection highlights non-­‐traditional mediums, fostering the engagement of students, scholars, and diverse publics with the works of the century’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. Included in this particular selection of the Parkett Collection are Ai Weiwei, Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Fischli/Weiss, Katharina Fritsch, Jenny Holzer, William Kentridge, Ellsworth Kelly, Yayoi Kusama, Meret Oppenheim, Gabriel Orozco, Sigmar Polke, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, Gillian Wearing, Andy Warhol, and many others. The exhibition at the Sesnon Gallery will be the first presentation of the collection at a public university outside of its home at University of La Mancha. 

*Parkett was a critical arts journal (1984-­‐2017) published in Zurich and New York that commissioned internationally renowned artists to not only to create signed, limited edition works of art specifically for the journal, but also to select writers and develop the publications graphic design. The works from the Parkett Collection, donated by the Spanish art collector Helga de Alvear to UCLM Spain, cover a wide range of media including magazine inserts, prints, photography, sculpture, video, DVDs, and sound art works.


Funding for the Unique Multiples exhibition will provide the following activities:

  • Faculty developed studio and written curricular assignments as part of on-­‐site visits to the exhibition.
  • Lecture series by scholars calling attention to the democratization of art by printmaking and new media.
  • Workshops at Porter College facilities and Baskin Visual Arts studios in self-­‐publishing booklets (Zines), Recycling as Readymade Art, and Silkscreen Printing as socially engaged graphic art.

Amount funded:  $20,000 to underwrite the cost of shipping the collection from Spain to UC Santa Cruz 

Key UCSC faculty and staff:

UC Santa Cruz Center for Print Media Research Center, Professor Jimin Lee

Arts Division, Dean of the Arts Susan Solt

Art Department, Prof. Elizabeth Stephens, Chair; Professor Dee Hibbert Jones, Professor Karolina Karlic

History of Art and Visual Culture, Professor Jennifer Gonzalez and Derek Murray

Institute of the Arts and Sciences, John Weber and Rachel Nelson

Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz. Participant in Maker’s Night, Stacey Garcia.

University of Castilla, La Mancha in Cuenca Spain (UCLM)

Office of Global Engagement at UCSC