The Haudenschild Collection
The Haudenschild Collection began in the early 1990s with a focus on emerging artists. It includes artworks from the Americas, Europe and Asia; the Latin American collection, in particular, began due in a large part to Eloisa’s involvement with inSITE, a network of contemporary art programs and commissioned projects within the border region of San Diego and Tijuana. The inSITE artist/curator conversations were some of the first haudenschild Garage events. As inSITE’s President of the Board of Directors, she continues to work closely with significant Latin American curators and young artists.
In the late 1990s Eloisa began traveling to China and forging friendships with young Chinese contemporary curators and artists and began collecting their work. From 2002 -2005, she organized selections from the collection to form the exhibition Zooming into Focus: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection that traveled to five cities in the U.S., Mexico, China (Shanghai and Beijing) and Singapore. Marking many important milestones, Zooming into Focus was the first exhibition of its kind in San Diego and Singapore and the first contemporary Chinese photography exhibition at the Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico. It was the first time the Shanghai Art Museum exhibited works on contemporary Chinese video and photography from a private collection and most importantly, it was the first retrospective exhibition of Chinese photography and video ever held at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing. Two symposia (San Diego, California and Hangzhou, China) and artists’ residencies at the haudenschild Garage introduced numerous young Chinese artists to the U.S. for the first time. Additionally, a catalog of the collection, exhibitions and symposia was published.
Art from the Americas, Europe and Asia
A selection of artists in the Haudenschild Collection include: Eduardo Basualdo, Eduardo Abaroa, Vito Acconci, Francis Alys, Carlos Amorales, Jose Bedia, Ernesto Bertani, Louise Bourgeois, Tania Candiani, Raul Cardenas, Christo and Jean-Claude, Chuck Close, Jordan Crandall, Roman de Salvo, Gonzalo Diaz, Leandro Erlich, Helen Escobedo, Manny Farber, Vernon Fisher, Gabriela Gabelich, Tomas Ghiorzo, Thomas Glassford, Maurycy Gomulicki, Antony Gormley, Silvia Gruner, Kristján Gudmundsson, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Yolanda Gutiérrez, James Hayward, Alfredo Jaar, Enrique Jezik, KAREN, Nina Katchadourian, Edward and Nancy Kienholz, Ragnar Kjartansson, Komar & Melamid, Guillermo Kuitca, Charles Long, Marcos Lopez, Joao Louro, Jean Lowe, Ken Lum, Jorge Macchi, Liz Magor, Aida Makoto, Alain Marcus, Megan McLarney, Aernout Mik, Mariano Mio, Yasumasa Morimura, Tony Orsler, Ruben Ortiz Torres, Cecile Perret, Marcos Ramirez ERRE, David Reed, Barbara Renati, Rosángela Rennó, RES, Miguel Rio Branco, Betsabee Romero, Daniela Rossell, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Tomas Saraceno, Lincoln Schatz, Allan Sekula, Lorna Simpson, Sivalax, Melanie Smith, Valeska Soares, Alejandro Sordi, Gabriele Stellbaum, Lisa Tan, George Trakas, Pablo Vargas Lugo, Zlatan Vukosavljevic, Yukinori Yanagi, Judi Werthein, and Krystof Wodiczko. Graffiti artists include Mario Ybarra Jr, Germs, Neo, Retna, Sherm, Spew, Zender and poet Karla Diaz.
Art from China
From 2002 -2005, Eloisa organized selections from the collection to form the exhibition Zooming into Focus: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection that traveled to five cities in the US, Mexico, China (Shanghai and Beijing) and Singapore. Marking many important milestones, Zooming into Focus was the first exhibition of its kind in San Diego and Singapore and the first contemporary Chinese photography exhibition at the Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico. It was the first time the Shanghai Art Museum exhibited works on contemporary Chinese video and photography from a private collection and most importantly, it was the first retrospective exhibition of Chinese photography and video ever held at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing. Eloisa illustrated her commitment to education by organizing two symposia in the United States and China and artists’ residencies, which introduced numerous young Chinese artists to the US for the first time. Additionally, a catalog of the collection, exhibitions and symposia was published.
The Zooming into Focus Collection was donated to the Hammer Museum in Las Angeles, California in 2018.
For more information on Zooming into Focus, visit the Exhibitions page.
Chinese artists in the Haudenschild Collection include: Cao Fei, Chen Shaoxiong, Feng Mengbo, Geng Jianyi, Gu Dexin, Hai Bo, Hong Hao, Hu Jieming, Kan Xuan, Liu Wei, Lu Chunsheng, Shi Yong, Song Tao, Tang Maohong, Wang Jin, Wang Youshen, Weng Fen, Xiang Liqing, Xu Zhen, Yang Fudong, Yang Jiechang, Yang Yong, Yang Zhenzhong, Yu Youhan, Zhao Bandi, Zhao Nengzhi, Zheng Guogu, Zhou Tiehai, and Zhu Jia.
“Zooming into Focus is the first retrospective show of Chinese contemporary photography and video ever held at the National Art Museum, Beijing. It reveals the changes in social notions and technology in Chinese contemporary art from a different angle. The exhibition showcases the most outstanding and symbolic works from the late 1990s and 2000s which directly reflect the changing cultural and social environment and values of the Chinese people in a booming economy”. -Feng Yuan, Director of the National Art Museum, of China, Beijing
“This exhibition explains the importance of re-acknowledging and re-evaluating this hot spot of contemporary art. From the very beginning, contemporary Chinese photography has been closely related to the daily lives of Chinese people. The quickly growing and changing social environment has focused on the created objects of the artists. From these vivid and graphical works, we can witness the exciting poles of this age, experience the active interaction between art and society, and understand the new and unique exploration of these pioneers. Shanghai has always been the essential window to contemporary Western cultural patterns. From oil painting to photography, from industrial design to video art, Shanghai plays a critical role during this process of communication and incorporation. Therefore, the opening of Zooming into Focus, a preliminary review of Chinese contemporary photography and video, is not only an occasion of chance but a necessary consequence of history. The importance of the exhibition is in no doubt: it showed some truth of Chinese contemporary art to the public and to the cultural circle, and it prodded the Chinese art museum circle to start collecting contemporary video and photography works.” -Li Xu, Curator, Shanghai Art Museum
“Different from traditional art, such as painting and sculpture, photography includes video, together with film and animation. Focusing on photography, this exhibition introduces the history of recent contemporary Chinese art….Furthermore, this collection can be regarded as an objective review on the current situation of Chinese photography. The Shanghai Art Museum is dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary Chinese art. This exhibition is the first time contemporary photography and Chinese artists are introduced to the public.” -Li Xiangyang, Executive Director, Shanghai Art Museum
“The exhibition presented an invaluable opportunity to bring to southern California work that would not otherwise be shown in the region. The project was groundbreaking, as it was the first exhibition to feature the current generation of Chinese photographers and videographers.
The artists’ residencies were extremely significant for the University, as they provided students the incredible experience of working with two of the artists, Yang Zhenzhong and Shi Yong. In the case of Yang, students were involved in the creation of a new work commissioned by the haudenschild Garage, which premiered at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego.
The project was also important because it created a network of collaborations with institutions in San Diego, Tijuana, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore.” – Tina Yapelli Director of the University Art Gallery, San Diego State University
“Zooming into Focus was the first contemporary Chinese photography exhibition that took place in the Centro Cultural Tijuana. The quick growth that has characterized our city is also one of the characteristics of the society in which these fourteen Chinese artists have lived.” -Teresa Vicencia Alvarez, General Director of CECUT, Tijuana, Mexico
“As the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore is committed to showcasing significant trends, as well as the best examples of contemporary art practice, Zooming into Focus was an ideal exhibition for us to organize at the gallery. Not only does it highlight a major trend among contemporary Chinese artists towards the use of video and photography, many of the artists in the exhibition are also internationally renowned, thereby providing audiences in Singapore a rare opportunity to see their works…This exhibition, a major exhibition of contemporary Chinese photography and video, was the first of its kind for Singapore. This is an important exhibition for highlighting and raising the level of discourse of photography and video in Singapore. Photography and video are still, as yet, relatively new mediums in art practice here. It was therefore useful for artists and the public to see how widely used these media are and also the interesting and innovative ways in which Chinese artists are using them.” -Eugene Tan, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore