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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.


Posted on: November 10th, 2011

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


Posted on: October 6th, 2011

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Posted on: November 17th, 2011

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Third Thursdays at OCMA
Orange County Museum of Art (Orange County)
Spend an evening at OCMA every Third Thursday and take part in special artist driven programming in conjunction with their current exhibitions including public tours of Two Schools of Cool and State of Mind. Visit their website for a full schedule of events.


46 N. Los Robles: A History of the Pasadena Art Museum
Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena)
Opening day for this Pacific Standard Time exhibition that explores the history of the Pasadena Art Museum during a time when America’s cultural life was changing dramatically. During this period, the Pasadena Art Museum pioneered exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, much of which has not been seen in Southern California since. Artists featured in this exhibition include Paul Klee, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Cornell, Larry Bell, Ed Moses, Claes Oldenburg, Kurt Schwitters, Hans Burkhardt, Andy Warhol, Richard Diebenkorn and Edward Ruscha among others.


How Los Angeles Invented the World
Getty Museum (Brentwood)
The J. Paul Getty Museum and Zócalo Public Square present a half-day conference exploring how Los Angeles’s unique culture was built and how it spread to the rest of the world.

In Brio and targetvideo77: Cal Punk & Performance
Annie Wharton Los Angeles (West Hollywood)
The opening for two exhibitions at Annie Wharton Los Angeles. In Brio is the first solo exhibition in Los Angeles of painter Mary Anna Pomonis. The show  features paintings inspired by Elizabeth Taylor and the painters Billy Al Bengston and Lucio Fontana.targetvideo77: Cal Punk & Performance is the first solo gallery exhibition in Los Angeles by targetvideo77. In 1977, artist Joe Rees started targetvideo77, capturing some of the edgiest performances of the era. Rees archived early performance art, punk, and hardcore bands on video and film.

Charles Arnoldi: Art Works From the 1970s
Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Santa Monica)
An exhibition of works from the 1970’s by Charles Arnoldi. For the first time in decades, these early works by Arnoldi will be on view in a single exhibition.

Lost and Found: Abstracting Los Angeles 1945-1980
Robert Berman Gallery (Santa Monica)
An exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculptures and assemblages from artists who used different media to interpret the abstract expressionist movement specific to Los Angeles from post war up to 1980. The exhibition includes select works by Jules Engel, Russ Tamblyn, Hans Burkhardt, Joe Goode, John Baldessari, Ed Kienholz, Bruce Conner, Craig Kauffman, Carlos Almaraz, Larry Bell, Eric Orr, Man Ray, Wallace Berman, John Altoon, and Robert Graham.

The Gleam in the Young Bastard’s Eye
William Turner Gallery (Santa Monica)
The Gleam in the Young Bastard’s Eye: Finish Fetish & The Continuing Fascination with Sensuality of Surface in Contemporary Art is a group show with works by Lisa Bartleson, Casper Brindel, Alex Couwenberg, Fred Eversley, Eric Johnson, Greg Miller, Andy Moses, Ruth Pastine, Roland Reiss, Michel Tabori, and Suzan Woodruff.

Members Openings: Kenneth Anger: ICONS and Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles
MOCA Grand Ave. (Downtown)
Explore hundreds of unseen Southern California images from the great tabloid photographer known as Weegee, and an exhibition of the films, books, and artworks of an original filmmakers in American cinema. Technicolor Skull, a multimedia collaboration featuring Kenneth Anger on Theremin and Los Angeles artist Brian Butler on guitar and electronic instruments, will perform at 8pm. This event is for MOCA members only; join here.

Return of the Repressed: Destroy All Monsters 1973-1977
PRISM (West Hollywood)
The first retrospective exhibition of artwork created by the original members of Destroy All Monsters, the Ann Arbor-based performance/music/art group comprised of Mike Kelley, Cary Loren, Niagara, and Jim Shaw.

There’s always something going on for Pacific Standard Time. Checkout what’s going on today!


Posted on: December 8th, 2011

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Art Talk with Rupert Garcia
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
In conjunction with Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, join Rupert Garcia for a discussion of his work. Free with museum admission.

In Conversation with Eames Words Co-Curators
A+D Architecture and Design Museum (Miracle Mile)
Typographer Andrew Byrom sits down with Deborah Sussman, principal of Sussman/Prejza, to discuss her career and their recent collaboration curating and designing A+D Museum’s current exhibition
Eames Words. Admission costs $15  for individual tickets, $7 Student with a valid ID, and A+D Members get in free. Tickets are available online.


Holiday Male Figure Drawing
Pop tART Gallery (Korea Town)
In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time and “Beefcakes and Boundaries: The Art of Bruce Bellas,” the gallery hosts this night of drawing with 2 male models doing 25 minute poses. Full cash bar. Tickets are $25. Call or e-mail to register: 323-314-7779,


James Hayward: Satori
Richard Telles Fine Art (West Hollywood)
In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time, Richard Telles Fine Art presents a selection of paintings and drawings by Los Angeles artist James Hayward that span from 1972 to 1979.


In Studio: Fred Eversley
Fred Eversley Studio (Venice)
A behind-the-scenes opportunity with artists featured in the Getty’s Pacific Standard Timeexhibitions open their studios and share insights on their work, inspiration, and process. This iteration will feature Fred Eversley. Course fee $25 per studio visit. Information and directions provided following registration. Tickets available online.


Modern Art in Los Angeles: Frank Gehry and the Los Angeles Art Scene
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
In the 1960s, artists and architects in Los Angeles shared ideas and inspiration and developed close friendships. This was particularly true of Frank Gehry, whose distinctive vision of architecture was, in part, shaped by his many exchanges with visual artists, primarily those in the Venice art scene. For this event, Frank Gehry will reunite with some collaborators and friends to reflect on their formative years in Los Angeles. Guests include Peter Alexander, Chuck Arnoldi, Tony Berlant, Billy Al Bengston, and Ed Moses. This event is sold out.


Compensation, Directed by Zeinabu irene Davis
UCLA Billy Wilder Theater (Westwood)
UCLA Film and Television Archive’s Pacific Standard Time film series, L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema celebrates Los Angeles-based African American and African filmmakers who met at UCLA from the 1960s to 1980s and forged an alternative Black Cinema practice. Compensation depicts two Chicago love stories, set a century apart, a deaf woman and a hearing man face the specter of death. They also confront intraracial differences across lines of gender, class, education and ability. Through innovative use of sign language and title cards evoking the silent film era, Compensation is accessible to deaf and hearing audiences. Preceded by Dark Exodus, director Iverson White visualizes the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North in sepia tones, capturing the atmosphere of early 20th century America. In person: Iverson White. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.