The archive is comprised of Edward
Ruscha's ongoing photographic documentation of Los Angeles thoroughfares. Included are
shoots of three streets made in the 1970s: Santa Monica Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway,
1974; and Melrose Avenue, 1975; and over 40 shoots made since 2007. These shoots represent
more than twenty-five streets including Sepulveda, Pico, Olympic, Wilshire, La Cienega, and
The American artist Edward Joseph Ruscha IV was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 16,
1937 to Edward Ruscha III, an insurance auditor, and his wife Dorothy Driscoll Ruscha. He
was raised in Oklahoma City where he met his lifelong friends Mason Williams, Joe Goode, and
Jerry McMillan. After graduation from high school he drove to California with Mason Williams
to attend Chouinard Art Institute (now California Institute of the Arts). Robert Irwin and
Emerson Woelffer were among the teachers who would have an especially strong influence on
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