Alissa Walker’s Final Pacific Standard Time Focus Weekend Guide

Posted on: March 28th, 2012

We said we wouldn’t cry. Believe it or not, this is the final Pacific Standard Time focus weekend. Why not have one last hurrah to celebrate the biggest thing ever to happen to Southern California art? Luckily Alissa Walker has all the destinations you just must hit on your farewell tour.

Be Free: On Saturday, 19 museums across the city will have free admission. That means you’ve got a great excuse to hit whatever shows you didn’t hit during the six-month run. There’s too many museums offering free days for me to put here—seriously, have you seen all the museum names I’ve typed over the last six months?—so download this PDF for the full list. All listings below are Saturday, March 31 unless otherwise noted.

Surf’s Up: LACMA’s California Design show isn’t closing until June but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go this weekend for a free concert by Surf-City, featuring Jan & Dean plus members of Brian Wilson’s band. The concert’s at 5:00 p.m. and then you can stick around for a screening of Bottle Shock at 7:30 p.m. and some more California lovin’.

Get Down: Over at the California African American Museum you can shimmy into a Validancin’ Party hosted by their exhibition Places of Validation, Art and Progression. At 2:00 p.m. Ulysses Jenkins will screen three of his documentaries, followed by ’60s and ’70s-era music and refreshments from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. I assume bell-bottoms are required.

Taste Raw: Saturday is a free day (with free food!) for the Pasadena Museum of California Art but on Sunday, April 1 the museum will host a panel discussion for their exhibition L.A. RAW: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles 1945-1980. Join artists Judy Baca, Barbara T. Smith, James Strombotne, plus curator Michael Duncan at 3:00 p.m.

Chalk One Up: Be sure to look down outside the Chinese American Museum. As part of their show Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945-1980), chalk artists will be tracing inspiration from the L.A. skyline onto the streets and sidewalks of the Pueblo. Chalk will also be provided for those who want to get their hands dirty.

Eames Camp: Kids and adults will be guided through the creative process of Charles and Ray Eames in the hopes of creating their own designs—right there in the Eames living room. This is an incredibly special opportunity to work inside the Eames House so you’ve got to call to reserve your spot: 310-459-9663 Children’s camp starts at 10:00 a.m.; adults go at 1:00 p.m.

Photo Ready: The Getty leads visitors through In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945-1980 at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. with a discussion of the 30 photographs which transformed both the depiction of the city as subject and the field of documentary photography. Meet the educator at the Museum Information Desk.

Hot Pottery: Out at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery at Scripps College, tours will be offered for Clay’s Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price, and Peter Voulkos: 1956-1968 while an eclectic entertainment roster including Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dancing Team, Psyko Taiko Japanese drummers and a jazz ensemble awaits in the courtyard.

Taste Pomona: You spent the last weekend eating donuts, why not spend this one eating cookies? The Pomona College Museum of Art will be passing out Pacific Standard-inspired cookies to each visitor to the exhibition It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles, 1969-1973. Will they have a Chocolate Chip Burden? Okay, I’ll stop.

Alissa Walker is a writer, a gelato-eater, and a walker in L.A. You can read more at her blog, Gelatobaby, and follow her every step at @gelatobaby

*note: Win Pacific Standard Time in Print: The Catalogue Show will take place at ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. from 11am-8pm. Stop by for your chance to win all the catalogues of Pacific Standard Time.

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