Live from Pacific Standard Time
A healthy contingency of Studio Museum representatives flew to Los Angeles this weekend to check out Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, a region-wide initiative to celebrate the birth of the L.A. art scene. Funded by The J. Paul Getty Trust, 60+ cultural institutions in Southern California are simultaneously showcasing exhibitions that highlight major L.A. art movements from 1945-1980.
Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 chronicles the fundamental impact of African American artists during a period marked by drastically changing social and political landscapes. These artists participated in the aesthetic language of Southern California in the 1960s and 70s and participated in its unique movements such as assemblage, “finish fetish,” California pop, installation, and performance. Featuring Melvin Edwards, David Hammons, Maren Hassinger, Senga Nengudi, John Outterbridge, Noah Purifoy, and Betye Saar, among others, Now Dig This! is curated by Kellie Jones for the Hammer Museum with assistance from Naima J. Keith, former Curatorial Fellow at the Hammer Museum and current Assistant Curator at the Studio Museum. On view October 2, 2011 - January 8, 2012.
Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987 is the inaguaral retrospective of multi-media Chicano art group Asco (1972-1987), on view now at LACMA. This conceptual art group originally hailed from East Los Angeles and included Harry Gamboa Jr., Gronk, Willie Herrón, Patssi Valdez, Diane Gamboa, Sean Carrillo, Daniel J. Martinez, and Teddy Sandoval, among others. Asco (Spanish for nausea) used actions, public art, and object making as a way to address the political turbulence of Los Angeles in the 1980s: "I think it was a combination of performance art and protest. For me, it was very important to try to get noticed because I had things to say. I felt like I had to do it in a big way, so that the viewer would pay attention. The look, the make-up: I needed for you to pay attention, because I had a message," says Patssi Valdez. On view September 4, 2011 - December 4, 2011.
The Rag Factory is a newly commissioned, site-specific installation by John Outterbridge (b. 1933), exhibiting at LA><ART. A seminal figure in the L.A. art scene for over 40 years, Outterbridge is associated with the California Assemblage movement and was the Director of the Watts Towers Art Center from 1972-1992. His decades-long role as an artist, activist, teacher, and mentor has made a fundamental and under-recognized impact on Los Angeles' artists and art community. On view September 10, 2011 - October 22, 2011.
Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974–1981 is a comprehensive survey examining this fertile and dynamic era of art practice in Southern California. Organized by MOCA Chief Curator Paul Schimmel, this exhibition features over 130 artists, including past Studio Museum Artists in Residence David Hammons and Senga Nengudi. A slide show of selected works can be found on MOCA's website. On view October 1, 2011 - February 13, 2012.