Explore the Era

Delve into the postwar Los Angeles art world in this online archive, which provides additional material related to the exhibitions on view at the Getty Center. Learn about hipsters and happenings, and the venues across the city where all the action took place through images from the archives and first-hand accounts with the artists.

Henry Hopkins

Betty Asher and Henry Hopkins

Betty Asher and Henry Hopkins in front of Ed Ruscha's painting The Los Angeles County Museum on Fire (1965–68), ca. late 1960s. © Ed Ruscha. The Getty Research Institute, Betty Asher Papers, Gift of Michael Asher, 2009.M.30

Henry T. Hopkins (1928–2009) was born in Idaho and studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago. After time spent in the military, he moved to Los Angeles in 1957 to continue his studies in painting and art history at UCLA. In 1961 Hopkins established the short-lived Huysman Gallery, whose controversial but influential exhibition War Babies introduced a new group of artists to the Los Angeles art scene. As a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the 1960s, Hopkins championed the work of artists from Southern California, something he continued to do in subsequent positions as director of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

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  • Video: Lyn Kienholz on censorship

    Video: Arts advocate Lyn Kienholz talks about censorship in the L.A. art scene

  • Video: Joe Goode, Larry Bell, Ron Miyashiro, and Jerry McMillan

    Video: Joe Goode, Larry Bell, Ron Miyashiro, and Jerry McMillan speak about the exhibition War Babies, 2010–11

  • Poster for "War babies" exhibition

    Poster for the exhibition War Babies at Huysman Gallery in Los Angeles, May 29–June 17, 1961. Poster created by Jerry McMillan and Joe Goode. Photo © Jerry McMillan. Design © Joe Goode. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.1.5. Image courtesy of Jerry McMillan and Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica