Explore the History of SoCal Art all over Los Angeles!

Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-80 is continuing in 2012 for 11 days in January. Over 25 public artworks and outdoor sculptures will be on display between Thursday, January 19 and Sunday, January 29. These collections are part of the Performance and Public Art Festival, featuring reinventions of art created and performed by Los Angeles artists post World War II.

Performances will premiere every day of the celebration, including experimental theater, sound art, social/political interventions, media art and outdoor visual spectacles. The celebration will include night after-parties, called Black Box, as a place for socializing and surprise performances. Organized by LA><ART and the Getty Foundation, the festival is a great lesson on the history of art in Southern California. The calendar allows time to visit performances and nearby exhibitions on each day.

The festival begins with two “Talks about Acts” events, on January 17 and 18. Artists Barbara T. Smith and Kim Jones will discuss their works in Los Angeles historical performance art in the 1970s on January 17 at LAXART at 7:30pm. On January 18, artist Ed Bereal will discuss the radical street theater group Bodacious Buggerrilla that was popular in the 1960s at the Getty Museum.These events are part of a series of conversations and performances called “Talks about Acts” on performance practices. Previous events have included Scoli Acosta, Ron Athey, Andrea Fraser, Coco Fusco, Lia Gangitano, Los Super Elegantes, Ann Magnuson, José Muñoz, Mario Ybarra, Jr., and Eleanor Antin. For more information on these events, click here.

An itinerary of the exhibits and performances available is available on the festival website. Some highlights include the Los Angeles Police Rape Map at the LA Police Department in Downtown, Disappearing Environments in Santa Monica and the Kaleidoscope of Pacific Standard Time in Downtown.  Many events and exhibits are free, check the website for details. Don’t miss this great chance to explore the history of art in Southern California!

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