Collaborations as Bob & Bob
FURTHER BACKGOUND INFORMATION - 1975 - 82
From 1975 thru 1982, The Dark Bob worked exclusively in the "art team" he co-founded - BOB & BOB. He and his partner (The Light Bob) met in their final year at the Art Center College in Pasadena in 1974.
Although best known for their performances, the team produced drawings, paintings, sculptures, films, videos and records. The following information documents their work from 1975 thru 1982 and includes several collaborations that have occurred between 1983 and the present.
1. SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1986 OTIS/PARSON EXHIBITION CENTER, Bob & Bob: A Retro-Selective 1975 - 1986, Survey Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA (catalog essay by Peter Frank introduction by Adolpho Nodal, Essay by Peter Frank, Kristine McKenna interview with Bob & Bob)
1982 MARIANNE DESON GALLERY, Bob to Bob, Chicago, IL
1981 ESPACE GALLERY, Ten Bad Indians, Los Angeles, CA
UPSTAIRS GALLERY, The Southwest Skies, Tryon, NC
WPA GALLERY, American States, Washington, D.C.
1980 VANGUARD GALLERY, Forget Everything You Know Part II, Los Angeles, CA
1979 SWOPE GALLERY / ART GARDEN, Are You Experienced?, Venice, CA
LOS ANGELES INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Performance Drawings
1978 RUTH S. SCHAFFNER, From Bunny Steaks to Bankers, Los Angeles, CA
2. SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1998 PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, "Teams", Philadelphia, PA
1990 ZONA ARCHIVE, Firenze, ITALY. Enregistrement Sonores D' Artistes. Traveled to museums and libraries in Italy, Germany, Spain and Finland.
1989 BOULDER CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS, Concerning the Spiritual in Art,, Boulder, CO (The Dark Bob)
1984 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Los Angeles. Territory of Art (Paul Bob Town)
MEDIARE GALLERY, Genova, ITALY (catalog)
1983 CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, The Comic Spirit of Art, Long Beach, CA
MEDIA STUDY CENTER, Traveling Show, Buffalo, NY (catalog)
DUCHESSA DI GALLERIA, Group Show, Genova, ITALY
1982 AMERICAN GALLERY, Invitational Self-Portraits, Los Angeles, CA
AMERICAN GALLERY, Behavioral Patterns, Los Angeles, CA
UNIVERSITY OF CALIF., Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.), International Visual Music Festival
WPA GALLERY, Lately In L.A., Washington, D.C.
1981 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, California Performance Art, Chicago, IL
DOWNTOWN GALLERY, Young Turks, Los Angeles, CA
TORTUE GALLERY, Performance Artists Exhibit, Los Angeles, CA
L.A. INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Humor In Art, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)
1980 CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM, The Mask as Metaphor, Los Angeles, CA
LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART, Video '80, Long Beach, CA
BERKELEY MUSEUM OF ART, Video '80, Berkeley, CA (catalog)
1976 LOS ANGELES INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Imagination
3. SELECTED PERFORMANCES BY BOB & BOB - 1975 - 83
1983 INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL, Rotterbobs, (representing the United States was Bob & Bob, Chris Burden, Johanna Went and James Lee Byers), Rotterdam,
1981 WPA (Washington Project for the Arts), Across America, Washington, D.C.
TORTUE GALLERY, Across America, Los Angeles, CA
1980 L.A.C.E. GALLERY, Here's the News, Los Angeles, CA
WEST HUBBARD GALLERY, Nature's Perfect, Animals are Perfect, What are Humans?, Chicago, Ill
ON THE BOARDS, Discotak, Seattle, WA
LA MAMELLE, INC., Russia Needs Help, San Francisco, CA
1979 THE KITCHEN, The Fab Two, New York, NY
LOS ANGELES INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Forget Everything You Know
1978 LOS ANGELES INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Sex Is Stupid
1977 RUTH S. SCHAFFNER GALLERY, Brace Yourself For Action, Los Angeles, CA
1976 LOS ANGELES INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, The Fab Two
1975 LOS ANGELES INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, F.B.I. Bobs
1978-75 - Various unannounced performances in the streets. Notably: Club d' Arte (1975), Rodeo Beach (1976), Oh Great, Now What? (1976), Deals (1976 thru '78), It's All Over (1977), We Must Be In The Wrong Place (1977), Just In From The Midwest (1977).
4. Bob & Bob DISCOGRAPHY - 1976 - 84
1984 WE'RE ALL LUCKY. Cassette tape. Produced by MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles) as part of the Territory of Art (Paul Bob Town). Distributed Nationwide by MOCA.
1983 WE KNOW YOU'RE ALONE b/w WE'VE BEEN SEEING THINGS, 12 in.EP
and cassette. Produced by PolyGram/Polydor Records, New York, NY. Major U.S. distribution.
ROTTERBOBS, Cassette tape. released twice:
1. International Performance Art Festival, Lantaren Venster - Cassette distributed in the Netherlands only.
2. High Performance - The Record, Artists Doing Songs, dbl LP. National Distribution.
1981 ACROSS AMERICA, 12 in. LP. A continuous sound collage from the audio portion of performance by the same name. Distributed nationally by M.I.T.B. Records and Printed Matter, New York, NY.
1978 SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE, 12 in. LP. 14 original songs. Distributed nationally by M.I.T.B. Records.
1976 BOB & BOB - THEIR GREATEST HITS, 12 in. LP. 56 short cuts of Bob & Bob getting "hit". All spoken dialog. M.I.T.B. Records. Unavailable.
5. Bob & Bob FILMS AND VIDEOS - 1975 - 82
THURSDAY MORNING BOBS (1982)
HERE'S THE NEWS (1980)
NATURE IS PERFECT, ANIMALS ARE PERFECT, WHAT ARE HUMANS, WHO ARE BOB & BOB (1980)
TUESDAY MORNING BOBS (1979)
A VISIT WITH BOB & BOB (1978)
A BRIEF HISTORY OF BOB & BOB (1976)
ON THE SCENE (1975)
6. Bob & Bob LECTURES - 1975 - 81
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN, Pasadena, CA
OTIS/PARSON SCHOOL, Los Angeles, CA
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS, Valencia, CA
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, Berkeley, CA
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, Boulder, CO
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, Denver, CO
KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE, Kansas City, MO
BOOKSPACE (artbook store), Chicago, IL
HALLWALLS, Buffalo, NY
THE ARCADE (gallery), Cleveland, OH
CONTEMPORARY MEDIA STUDY CENTER, Dayton, OH
CAGE GALLERY, Cincinnati, OH
THE UPSTAIRS GALLERY, Tryon, NC
THE ATLANTA COLLEGE OF ART, Atlanta, GA
CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER, New Orleans, LA
UNIVERSITY ART DEPT., Washington, D.C.
SWAIN SCHOOL OF DESIGN, New Bedford, MA
7. SELECTED BOOKS AND CATALOGS
BOB & BOB: A Retroselective 1975-1986, catalog/book, 50pp with 28 color plates. Text by Peter Frank. Includes an interview with Bob & Bob by Kristine McKenna and a preface by Adolpho Nodal. Published by Otis/Parson.
BOB & BOB: The First Five Years, 1980, book, 100pp. with 40 color reproductions. Text by Linda Frye Burnham. Introduction by Llyn Foulkes. Published by Astro Artz, Inc., Los Angeles.
PERFORMANCE ANTHOLOGY, 1985, book. Edited by Carl Loeffler and Nancy Frank. Published by Contemporary Arts Press, San Francisco, CA.
YOUNG TURKS, 1981, book documentation of film by the same name. By Stephen Seemayer.
Published by Astro Artz, Inc., Los Angeles.
PUBLIC SPIRIT, 1980, catalog. Int'l Performance Art Festival Organized by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Highland Art Agency and High Performance Magazine
HUMOR IN ART, 1983, catalog. Essay by John McCowsky. Published by Media Center, Buffalo, NY.
PERFOTIJD, 1983, catalog. Int'l Performance Art Festival. Organized by Lantaren Venster. Essay by W. Van Kempen. Published by Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam, Holland.
ASSESSORATO ALLA CULTURA, 1984 and 1986, catalog. Published by Duchessa di Galleria, Genova, Italy.