Hello intrepid art adventurers! Have you been absorbing galleries? Invading museums? This weekend our Pacific Standard Time focus is zeroing in on Hollywood and the Miracle Mile. Your tour guide Alissa Walker has lined up yet another itinerant itinerary sure to entertain and delight. Here’s what to see on November 12 and 13.
Get it for Free: The museum gods are generous again this weekend. The A+D Museum, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Fowler Museum, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House are all free for November 12 and 13. All those organizations are also hosting special events this weekend, many of which are highlighted below. Download the PDF for all details.
Do the Loop: No free shuttles this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t build your own for cheap! Most of this weekend’s focus museums are along Wilshire, which is served by the 20 and 720 Rapid buses. These can shuttle you to the Hammer Museum in Westwood for their programs, and the Fowler Museum is a short walk away from the Hammer. Then grab the 2 bus near Sunset at UCLA to get you to Hollywood for LACE, and finally, the 217 or 780 can shuttle you from Hollywood Boulevard back to Fairfax and Wilshire. Easy, right? Plan your trip at Metro.net
Dip Into California Design: While there are plenty of PST shows to see in the area, this Saturday there’s a spotlight on two unprecedented design exhibitions. A series of programs throughout the day at LACMA will celebrate their show California Design, 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way as well as CAFAM’s show across the street, Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985. A panel discussion in the morning will be followed by film screenings, and the day culminates with a public and artists’ reception at CAFAM at 5:00 pm.
Refuel at Stark Bar: The reinvented plaza at LACMA has become a new cultural and culinary heart for the city, a place for discussing and observing art over fragrant flatbread pizzas and cocktails laden with fresh produce. For lunch or dinner, Stark Bar is the perfect place to rest between gallery visits and cozy up with inventive bar snacks. Need another reason? The stellar menu by Kris Morningstar was recently voted one of the country’s best restaurants by Esquire.
Meet Deborah Sussman: One of the most vibrant voices in the graphic design community—and perhaps the most fashionable—is the legendary Deborah Sussman, who worked for Charles and Ray Eames for over 10 years. She’s the curator, with Andrew Byrom, of Eames Words, and will be appearing at the A+D Museum for a “Swiss on Rye” brown bag lunch at noon on Saturday. The famous Swiss on Rye sandwich from the local deli Canter’s is featured in the exhibition, and will be served at the event.
Tuck into the Miracle Mile Galleries: Besides the anchor museums along this stretch, there’s also a mini art walk waiting to be explored on Wilshire. Ed Cella Art + Architecture features LA Connected with ephemera from the era like a rare blueprint of Welton Becket’s Capitol Records building. Over at 1301PE Gallery, Pae White’s Here Today puts everyday objects in context by examining “the neglected, the forgotten, the spaces between things, even the things between things.”
Beer Yourself at Barney’s: Bengston, Kienholz, Irwin, Bell—they all drank here. Back in the ’50s and ’60s nearby La Cienega was home to many of the city’s seminal galleries, and Barney’s Beanery was the local watering hole. While the clientele may be more football fan than renegade gallerist this weekend, the Route 66-era decor still echoes with creative history. Belly up to the bar, play some pool, dig into a bowl of their famous chili, and pretend the booth next to you is dissecting a controversial show at the Ferus Gallery.
Get to Know Your Chicano Art: Pacific Standard Time has no shortage of Chicano art, one of the most critical movements to emerge from L.A. during this time period. This weekend, get schooled in why Chicano art matters. The Fowler Museum on UCLA’s campus has embarked upon an ambitious show, Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement while LACMA’s Mural Remix: Sandra de la Loza and Asco: Elite of the Obscure provide additional context to the discussion. One event at LACMA on Sunday at 1:00 pm features a panel discussion with artists, then Chon Noriega leads a talk at 4:00 pm at the Fowler to discuss the role of printmaking in the movement.
View the Future of Watts: As part of the excellent Hammer show Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980, a panel discussion at 3:00 pm Sunday will discuss the role of Watts as a cultural center. From the Watts Towers themselves to the Watts Towers Art Center to the Watts House Project, artists and collectors will speak with Dr. Darnell Hunt about the legacy and future of this rapidly transforming neighborhood.
1. Marvin Lipofsky, California Loops Series, #4, 1970, Courtesy the artist
2. Three Weeks in May, Performance by Suzanne Lacy, 1977, © Suzanne Lacy
3. Dan Johnson, Desk, 1947, © 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA
4. Photograph of Stark Bar
5. Charles and Ray Eames, La Chaise, 1966, Collection of J.F. Chen, Photograph by Grant Taylor, © Eames Office LLC
6. Ed Ruscha, Every Building on Sunset Strip, 1966, Courtesy Edward Cella Website
7. Photograph of Barney’s Beanery
8. Oscar Castillo, Shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe at Maravilla Housing Projects, Mednik Avenue and Brooklyn Avenue, East Los Angeles, Early 1970s, © Oscar Castillo
9. David Hammons, Bag Lady in Flight, ca. 1970, Collection Eileen Norton, Santa Monica, California