Each Week, ForYourArt Highlights the Events From Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 Exhibition Program to Help You PLAN ForYourArt. SEECOLLECTLEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT the best Art in Los Angeles and online.


Sue Williams
Regen Projects (West Hollywood)
An exhibition of paintings, drawings, and collages by New York artist Sue Williams. This exhibition, a retrospective of Williams’ work from 1990 to the present day, will illustrate the formal and thematic courses she has historically drawn upon and subverted in her work.

Transitions: Survival Skills In a Suburban Landscape
LACE (Hollywood)
Denise Uyehara and James Luna will revisit Transitions, one of Luna’s early performances in which he unpacked a bag full of “Indian” objects and created new rituals with them. Together they will retell the story of their suburban upbringing through contemporary ritual, narrative, video, disco, and surfing music–building a mythological bridge into the unknown.

California State of Mind: The Legacy of Pat Brown
MOCA Grand Avenue (Downtown)
A screening of a new documentary about Pat Brown’s quest to create a “Super State,” portrayed through interviews, archival footage, home movies, and cinéma vérité. A Q&A with writer/director and Brown’s granddaughter Sascha Rice will follow the film.

Vulcan God: Lucio Fontana and Ceramics
SMMoA (Santa Monica)
Garth Clark talks about his recent book, which examines Lucio Fontana’s long use of clay from early figurative works to late abstract sculptures. This event is free, but RSVP is required to


Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975
American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona)
Celebrate AMOCA’s new home and be the first to preview the exhibition, Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975, AMOCA’s recording of Post World War II Southern California ceramics. The preview costs $50; to R.S.V.P. please contact Nicole Frazer at (909) 865-3146 X. 103 or There is also a public opening, on Saturday, November 12 from 12-9pm.

West Coast Walker: Catalyst to Modernism
Meyer Fine Art (San Diego)
This exhibition presents the diverse work of Clay Walker (1924-2008), mid-century abstract expressionist/modernist, diverse media artist–including oil paintings, watercolors, woodcuts, mixed media, and sculptures.

Asco: Chicano Cinema and Agnes Varda’s Mur Murs
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
LACMA curator Rita Gonzalez will be joined by filmmaker and Asco catalogue contributor Jesse Lerner to present film-related work by Asco, including slides of their No-Movies (1972-78), Super-8 films documenting performances (1972-74), single-channel videos, and fotonovelas. The evening will also include a screening of Agnes Varda’s Mur Murs (1981), which features a performance by Asco.

All Male Figure Drawing Class
pop tART Gallery (Korea Town)
In the theme of Pop tART’s current show, Beefcakes and Boundaries: The Art of Bruce Bellas with Contributing Artists, an all male figure drawing class is being held. Space is limited, please RSVP by email to


Hollywood/Wilshire Region Focus Weekend
Various Locations (Hollywood/Mid-Wilshire)
Saturday & Sunday
As part of
Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, there will be two days of exhibitions and free events exploring the history of California design, art, and politics at the following institutions: Architecture and Design Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Craft in America, the Fowler Museum, the Hammer Museum, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House. A list of events including panel discussions and curator talks can be found here. Be sure to check out Allisa Walker’s Guide to Hollywood/Wilshire Region Focus Weekend on!

MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House (West Hollywood)
Join the MAK Center for a free day of events featuring an exhibition walkthrough of Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design, a live performance of Trailer Talk, and Architecture: A Woman’s Profession book launch and discussion.

A Meditation on the History of Los Angeles Art: Thinking Through Dennis Hopper’s Double Standard
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
This lecture takes Dennis Hopper’s Double Standard (1961) photograph as the starting point for a series of case studies on the city’s art history. The gelatin silver print captures Hopper’s view of the three-way intersection of Melrose, Santa Monica, and Doheny boulevards from the driver’s seat of his convertible.

Car Sick and Century Surfing and Canary Suicides
Lois Lambert Gallery (Santa Monica)
The opening reception for two exhibitions at Lois Lambert Gallery. Car Sick is a collection of drawings by Pippa Garner from the 1970s to present, as well as two redesigned cars–including the “World’s Most Fuel Efficient Car,” a 1972 Honda 600. Century Surfing and Canary Suicides is a group show of Allan Barnes daguerrotypes and Catherine Coan’s crafted dioramas.

Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles
MOCA Grand Ave (Downtown)
Opening day for Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles, the first museum survey devoted to the work that the tabloid photographer known as Weegee produced in Southern California. This exhibition includes his 1953 photo-book Naked Hollywood.Screen Grab & Guided Tours of L.A. Goes Live
LACE (Hollywood)
From 12-6pm, guided tours of L.A. Goes Live will be offered. Also, from 3-5pm there will be a screening called Screen Grab, which has rarely seen performance footage featuring the Bodacious Buggerilla, Kipper Kids, Nina Sobell, and others. 

Discussion: Chicanos and Counter-Culture
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Artist and activist Sandra de la Loza discusses the influence of Chicanos and countercultural production with Louie Perez of East L.A.–based Los Lobos and Tomas Carrasco of the political satire group Chicano Secret Service.

High Voltage: The Watts Legacy and Patricia Esquivias
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Dr. Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, moderates a discussion with artists John Outterbridge, Edgar Arceneaux, and Andrew Zermeño, and collector Stan Sanders regarding the past and future of Watts as a creative hub. This discussion is in conjunction with the exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980.It is also the opening day for Hammer Projects: Patricia Esquivias. Venezuelan-born artist Esquivias creates videos that weave found images, history, and personal anecdotes into narratives that convey her insights about contemporary culture.

Gallery Talk: Chon Noriego and Guests
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
Mapping Another L.A. co-curator Chon Noriega, printer Richard Duardo, and director of Self Help Graphics & Art Evonne Gallardo will have a conversation in the galleries about the use of printmaking as a force in the struggle for social justice.


Found Horizon: Stravinsky in LA’s Progressive Music Scene 1949-64
Colburn School (Downtown)
An evening celebrating the Los Angeles compositions of Igor Stravinsky. The concert will feature Colburn Conservatory musicians performing chamber music and chamber orchestra works composed by Stravinsky while he lived and worked in Los Angeles. General admission costs $25 and tickets may be purchased online.


Taste and Style Just Aren’t Enough
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Gallerist Alonzo Davis, and collectors Vaughn Payne and Joy Simmons join curator Franklin Sirmans and art historian Karin Higa to talk about the importance of galleries and collectors in creating an African American art community in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. This lecture is in conjunction with the Pacific Standard Timeexhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980.


Double Standard (1961) by Dennis Hopper