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Pacific Standard Time Participating Gallery Open House
Various locations
Join Pacific Standard Time Participating Galleries throughout the city and Southern California who will welcome visitors in celebration of the opening of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980. Enjoy the opportunity to view their ambitious exhibitions that expand on the themes of this unprecedented collaboration. For more information and a map of the Participating Galleries, click here.

Steve Turner Los Angeles Artist Map: Studio Visits
Born out of his habit of visiting an artist’s studio every day and feeling that people seldom have the opportunity to visit the site of art production and contemplation for the city’s large number of emerging artists — Steve Turner recently launched his Los Angeles Artist Map. Studio tours of the highlighted artists and their studios will take place October 1st and 2nd, in line with the opening weekend of Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945-1980 and Art Platform Los Angeles.

Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 and Theaster Gates: An Epitaph for Civil Rights
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
Opening day for the most comprehensive survey exhibition to date to examine the exceptional fertility and diversity of art practice in California during a transitional time in American history. Also opening is Gates’ presentation of mixed-media sculptures and installation works that use a black non-aesthetic to explore urban blight and the potency of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s campaign in Birmingham, Alabama, in May 1963, when hundreds of demonstrators were violently hazed by the county’s police and fire departments.

California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way” and Monet/Lichtenstein: Rouen Cathedrals
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Opening day for two shows at LACMA. California Design is the first major study of California midcentury modern design. With more than 300 objects—furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, and industrial and graphic design—the exhibition examines the state’s role in shaping the material culture of the entire country. Rouen Cathedrals presents a group of Monet’s Impressionist Rouen cathedral paintings together with Lichtenstein’s 1969 appropriation of the same subject.

Eames Words
A+D Museum (Miracle Mile)
Opening day for this Pacific Standard Time exhibition, which features the words of Charles and Ray Eames as the lens to explore their philosophy of design and life. Eames’ quotes, shown graphically (as well as live on film), will be complemented by the display of unexpected everyday objects, ranging from food to a keg of nails, to an inter-active digital experience.

Gemini G.E.L.: Open House and Printmaking Demonstrations
Gemini G.E.L. (West Hollywood)
Gemini G.E.L. hosts a print making demonstration and open house for their Pacific Standard Editions exhibition, featuring prints by contemporary artists who collaborated with Gemini. The exhibition includes works by collaborators include Joseph Albers, John Altoon, William Crutchfield, Sam Francis, Joe Goode, Phillip Guston, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Ed Kienholz, Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman, Man Ray, Claes Oldenburg, Ken Price, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha and Richard Serra.

Open House with Andrea Zittel
Regen Projects (West Hollywood)
As part of the Pacific Standard Time Participating Gallery Open House, artist Andrea Zittel will be in the gallery to discuss her current exhibition with visitors. Her exhibition is on view at Regen Projects through October 29.

Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950–1980
Getty Research Institute Exhibition Gallery (Brentwood)
Opening day for this Pacific Standard Time exhibition, which features photographs, ephemera, correspondence, and artwork drawn from the Getty Research Institute’s archives of Los Angeles art that reveal how artists disseminated their works to a broader public.

Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950–1970
J. Paul Getty Museum, Exhibitions Pavilion (Brentwood)
Opening day for this Pacific Standard Time exhibition, which leads viewers on a dynamic tour from the emergence of an indigenous strain of modernism evident in the hard-edge paintings, assemblage sculpture, and large-scale ceramics of the 1950s, to the subsequent development of iconic Pop images of the city in the 1960s, and the conceptual and material contributions of Light and Space art and process painting that fostered the advanced art of the 1970s.

Not Standard
Toby C. Moss Gallery (Mid-Wilshire)
A preview reception for a collection of artists who have had a presence at the 33-year-old gallery. Not Standard recollects the foundation of the L.A. art scene.

Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California and The Original Print: An Introduction to Printmaking in the Postwar Period
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
The opening day for two Pacific Standard Time exhibitions. Proof is an exhibition that explores the significance of printmaking and its new possibilities as first re-envisioned in Southern California in the middle of the 20th century. The Original Print is an exhibition that looks at the technical aspects of printmaking. Held in the small, rotating gallery on the Museum’s main level, the exhibition combines explanatory texts, archival documentation, photographs, video footage and the actual implements of printmaking.

Doin’ It In Public: Feminism and at the Women’s Building
Otis College of Art & Design (Westchester)
Opening day for this Pacific Standard Time exhibition, which is comprised of an exhibition, two scholarly publications, and series of public events that document that contextualize and pay tribute to the groundbreaking work of feminist artists and art cooperatives that were centered in and around the Los Angeles Woman’s Building (downtown L.A.) in the 1970s and 1980s.

East Village West
Royal/T (Culver City)
This Pacific Standard Time exhibition highlights and celebrates California pop culture and Hollywood’s influence on New York City’s neo-Dada art movement. Some of the artists featured in the exhibition are Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tseng Kwong Chi, John Sex, Kitty Brophy, Bruno Schmidt, Kenny Scharf, Ann Magnuson, and Vincent Gallo.

Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroad School (Santa Monica)
This Pacific Standard Time exhibition examines the critical contribution of under-recognized Los Angeles women art dealers who were especially crucial to the advancement of nontraditional art practices. The special weekend hours of this Pacific Standard Time Participating Gallery continue on Sunday from 12-5pm.


Now Dig This!
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Opening day for this comprehensive Pacific Standard Time exhibition that examines the vital legacy of the city’s African American visual artists. Now Dig This! comprises 140 works from 35 artists that have rarely been shown in a museum setting and includes early pieces by now well-established artists as well as works once considered “lost.”

Trespass Parade
L.A. Mart (Downtown)
On Sunday, October 2, 2011, the historic Broadway Theater District in Downtown Los Angeles will erupt with Trespass, a parade where artists and residents will rally together to engage in art, music, dancing, floats, community activism, and performance. Tresspass is a collaborative project between Arto Lindsay, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and West of Rome Public Art (WoR) that also includes a party and a T-shirt project with call-to-action slogans. Los Angeles art luminaries including John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger, Nancy Rubins, and Jeffrey Vallance produced calls to action expressing political or social concerns that will be worn on T-shirts during the parade.


Union Station (Downtown)
Trespassparty, a blowout celebration at Union Station on October 3rd, will feature interactive and musical performances to benefit nonprofit West of Rome Public Art. The party will feature artists such as iconic underground figure Ms. Vaginal Davis who will act as MC/host and legendary singer and pioneer in the queer core movement Phranc. Arto Lindsay performs a unique piece composed for the occasion and Rirkrit Tiravanija will engage the audience in a collective experience of social awareness stemming from the previous day’s Trespass Parade. The evening also features special guest DJ JD Samson of Le Tigre and MEN. A $200 donation is required for entrance to the party, which will feature a signed limited edition recipe by Tiravanija revealing his artisan pizza creation in collaboration with Pizzanista. When purchasing tickets, use code SOLIDARITY to receive two tickets for the price of one.

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