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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15
Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (Los Feliz)
This Pacific Standard Time exhibition showcases the work of the artists, curators, and community activists whose contributions enhanced the culture of Los Angeles and defined the city as an international artistic center. Included in the exhibition, which spans close to a century of art history, are more than 130 works by artists. Opening reception accompanied by live jazz.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17
Downtown/Exposition Park Focus Weekend
Join the Pacific Standard Time museums in Downtown and Exposition Park as they celebrate Pacific Standard Time with two days of exhibitions, special activities, and free events. Participating museums include: Autry National Center, California African American Museum, California Institute of the Arts, Japanese American National Museum, MOCA, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Watts Towers Art Center. Some events are free. Check individual museums for events and prices.
Made in L.A.: The Birth of a Modern Art Capital, Part 2: Antics and Institutions
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
This 3-part course explores how artists in postwar Los Angeles developed radical new art forms, responded to the urban landscape, and laid the foundations for a West Coast modern art capital. Course fee $15 per session. Open to 40 participants. This event is currently at capacity.
Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center Opening Reception at Watts Towers Art Center
Watts Towers Art Center (Watts)
As part of Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, this opening reception will be accompanied by a performance by the Nedra Wheeler Trio and a film screening of I Build the Tower by Edward Lander and Brad Byer. This event is free.
A Tidbit & Cup of Cheer
Tobey C. Moss Gallery (Mid-Wilshire)
As Tobey C. Moss Gallery’s first Pacific Standard Time exhibition, Not Standard, draws to a close, the gallery celebrates the holidays and looks forward to the new year with glimpses of their next two Pacific Standard Time shows: Leonard Edmondson and June Wayne: Two Titans of Printmaking and Layering, Asxsembling, Carving, Constructing: From No-Thing to Some-Thing.
The Rosa Parks Story and Selma, Lord, Selma
UCLA Billy Wilder Theatre (Westwood)
A part of UCLA Film and Television Archive’s Pacific Standard Time film series, L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema celebrates L.A.-based African American and African filmmakers who met at UCLA from the 1960s to 1980s and forged an alternative Black Cinema practice. The Rosa Parks Story chronicles the life and legacy of the “mother of the Civil Rights Movement.” In Selma, Lord, Selma, the eyes of 11-year-old female protagonist are the lens through which we see the determined bravery and humanity of the Civil Rights Movement. In person: filmmaker Julie Dash. At 8pm, a Closing Night Reception will take place with a presentation by Ben Caldwell. The Closing Night Reception will be held at the Mayme A. Clayton Library & Museum in Culver City. The screenings and reception are free.
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Celebrates Chicano Art Movement
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (Chinatown)
A weekend of events celebrating the contribution of Chicano art in Los Angeles and Pacific Standard Time’s downtown weekend with cultural activities and music inspired by the Chicano art movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Events will take place 12-6pm on December 17 and December 18. A full listing of events is available online.
Segalove + Duane + Mogul
Jancar Gallery (Chinatown)
This Pacific Standard Time participating gallery will survey the work of three important Los Angeles female conceptual artists from 1970-1980: Ilene Segalove, Hildegarde Duane, and Susan Mogul. On view through January 14, 2012.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18
In Studio: Ed Moses
Ed Moses Studio (Venice)
A behind-the-scenes opportunity with artists featured in the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time exhibitions open their studios and share insights on their work, inspiration, and process. This iteration will feature Ed Moses. Course fee $25 per studio visit. Information and directions provided following registration. Tickets available online.
Panel Discussion – Civic Virtue: Action and Irony
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (Los Feliz)
As part of Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center and moderated by guest curator Pilar Tompkins Rivas, this discussion features three scholars on Los Angeles’ cultural history, Dr. Sarah Schrank, Cal State Long Beach, Susan D. Anderson, UCLA and essayist D.J. Waldie addressing the question: In Los Angeles, how has the municipal government participated in shaping the cultural image of the metropolis? This event is free.