It’s possible for the committed enthusiast to see nearly every project in the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, but this series of curated itineraries offers a sampling of festival projects tailored to specific interests.
If you’re seeking visual spectacle and high drama in an outdoor setting, check out the following projects.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 19
Judy Chicago and Materials & Applications, Disappearing Environments
Art Los Angeles Contemporary at Barker Hangar (Santa Monica)
Disappearing Environments, a public art installation presented by Judy Chicago, Lloyd Hamrol, and Eric Orr in 1968, will be reactivated and reinterpreted by Materials & Applications in collaboration with internationally renowned artist Judy Chicago and participants from the local community. Twenty-five tons of dry ice formations will shroud the environment in fog until the pieces ultimately vanish.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20
Hirokazu Kosaka, Kalpa
The Getty Center, Entrance Hall Steps, Arrival Plaza (Brentwood)
Hirokazu Kosaka’s Kalpa will dramatically transform the Getty Plaza into a sculptural and performative installation. A reception and performance by the legendary Los Angeles Free Music Society will follow. This event is free, but reservations must be made here.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
John White, Preparation F, Judy Chicago’s A Butterfly for Pomona, James Turrell’s Burning Bridges
Pomona College (Pomona)
A trio of performances at Pomona College, starting with a restaging of White’s 1971 performance with the Pomona College football team, a new pyrotechnic performance inspired by Chicago’s 1970 Atmosphere performance, and ending with a recreation of Turrell’s 1971 flare performance.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 22
Lita Albuquerque, Spine of the Earth
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (Culver City)
A dramatic reinterpretation of Albuquerque’s 1980 large-scale Mojave Desert Land Artwork Spine of the Earth.
Richard Jackson, Accidents in Abstract Painting
Rose Bowl Stadium, Area H, Seco Street and North Arroyo Boulevard (Pasadena)
An outdoor spectacle in which a large-scale model airplane full of paint crashes into a wall.
MONDAY, JANUARY 23
Mark di Suvero, Artists’ Tower of Protest
Vacant lot at Sunset Blvd./Hilldale Ave. (West Hollywood)
On view throughout the festival
Drop by the Artists’ Tower of Protest in West Hollywood to see hundreds of L.A. artists’ contributions to a tower and environment designed by Mark di Suvero based on his 1966 monumental work in protest of the Vietnam War.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 24
Willie Herrón III, East of No-West
Alley behind 4125 City Terrace Drive (City Terrace)
On view throughout the festival
Visit Willie Herrón III’s mural East of No-West, an homage to Herrón’s years of participation in the performance collective Asco.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25
Eric Orr, Wall Shadow
8126-8132 Santa Monica Boulevard (West Hollywood)
A reperformance of Eric Orr’s Wall Shadow, which was presented in front of the Eugenia Butler Gallery in 1970. A reception and film screening will follow.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27
Suzanne Lacy, Three Weeks in January: Closing Candelight Reception
Los Angeles Police Department (Downtown)
Attend Suzanne Lacy’s candlelight vigil, which will feature a performative ceremony with youth, politicians, activists, and artists looking toward the future of ending rape in Los Angeles.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28
Special Concert: Punk Rock
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
MOCA’s punk night will feature performances by some of the most influential West Coast punk bands–X, The Dead Kennedys, and The Avengers. For ticketing information, click here.
Civic Virtue: Watts Here And Now
Watts Towers Arts Center (Watts)
Civic Virtue will celebrate the music, literature, and visual art of Watts, including the unveiling of a new public sculpture on the grounds of the Watts Towers Arts Center.