Each Week, ForYourArt Highlights the Events From Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 Exhibition Program to Help You PLAN ForYourArt. SEE, LEARN ABOUT, COLLECT, and SUPPORT the Best of Los Angeles Art and Culture.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6
A+D Museum (Miracle Mile)
The opening reception for this Pacific Standard Time exhibition featuring 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 thedisplay of unexpected everyday objects, ranging from food to a keg of nails, to an interactive digital experience. Tickets cost $20 for non-members and may be purchased online here.
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Artists Harry Gamboa, Jr. and Willie Herrón will lead a tour of the exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987. The event is free, but tickets are required and are available one hour before program at the box office.
Artistic Evolution Panel Discussion: Art at the Natural History Museum, Then and Now
Natural History Museum (Downtown)
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, and Betye Saar were emerging L.A. artists, and the Natural History Museum exhibited the work of all three. The trio comes together for this panel discussion moderated by curator Charlotte Eyerman to share stories about the Los Angeles art scene, past and present.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
Daughters of the Dust
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
A screening of Julie Dash’s film, the first American feature by an African American woman to receive a general theatrical release. The story of an island family, descendants of escaped slaves, living off the Southern coast of the U.S. in 1902 and preparing for a move to the mainland.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8
Speaking in Tongues: Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken 1961-1976
Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena)
The opening for this exhibition that brings two seminal yet under-explored Los Angeles artists into close conversation for the first time. Berman and Heinecken bridged modernist and emerging post-modernist trends by ushering in the use of photography as a key element of their work.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9
Becoming Mexican-American and Beyond
Autry National Center (Griffith Park)
Scholars, educators, and others will participate with Professor Sanchez in an in-depth exploration and discussion of Latino ethnic identity in the United States, the impact of the publication of his 1993 book, and current issues surrounding ethnicity and immigration. This conference is part of a series of programs being presented in conjunction with the Autry’s exhibition Art Along the Hyphen: The Mexican-American Generation, which explores a seminal but overlooked generation of artists who started working in Los Angeles between the turn of the century and the end of the 1960s.
State of Mind and Two Schools of Cool
Orange County Museum of Art (Orange County)
A full day of events celebrating the opening of two exhibitions: State of Mind and Two Schools of Cool. A full schedule of events can be found online. To attend the State of Mind: Conversations with Curators, Art Historians and Artists at 1pm, reserve a seat here.
Athco, Or The Renaissance of Faggot Tree
Barnsdall Art Park (Los Feliz)
Dorian Wood’s outdoor performance will explore the connections made by and between crucial figures in the history of Los Angeles performance art including the East LA-based Asco, cross-dressing performance artist Cyclona, artist Ron Athey, musician Rozz Williams, and the underground club performance scene. Featuring a tableau created by hundreds of prone performers, the event culminates with a performance by Dorian Wood’s alter persona, Faggot Tree, accompanied by the experimental orchestra Killsonic.
Judy Chicago: A Conversation with Her Younger Self
Pomona College Museum of Art (Pomona)
Judy Chicago presents A Conversation with Her Younger Self, a performative reenactment and response to a feminist lecture that Chicago originally delivered at Pomona College in 1970.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10
Animation of the Unconsciousness: CalArts and the teachings of Jules Engel
In the 1970s, CalArts was the epicenter of radical artist experimentation. The Film Graphics Program, founded and directed by Jules Engel, sought to push the boundaries of animation into areas never before explored. Jules’ nurtured his students, provided a safe environment for experimentation, and taught that an artist must always work from their “gut.” The screening costs $10, and tickets may be purchased online.