You’d be correct if you think LA feels a bit different today (and not just because of the rare torrential downpour). The massive art-stravaganza known as Pacific Standard Time has begun its reign over LA’s cultural consciousness. Over 60 exhibitions. More than 100 gallery shows. Enough white wine to submerge the Los Angeles basin. All of it taking place for the next six months across that ambiguous locale you might call The Southland, stretching from Santa Barbara to San Diego; Pacific Palisades to Palm Springs.
I made it to the media previews at the Getty before my latest travel stint and was blown away by how proud the whole thing made me to live here. I hope people will to use these next six months to get out and experience their city in a completely different way. I want to know what kind of prizes they’re awarding to the first person to hit all 60 museums. I know I’m going to try my darndest to get to every single one of the shows. Without driving to any of them, of course.
I’ve already written a few pieces to help people make sense of the madness. For a story in last month’s Details I picked five must-see shows, and with the help of Getty curator Andrew Perchuk, created a timeline highlighting LA’s biggest art moments from 1920 to the present. Over at ForYourArt, I’ll be creating guides to each of the “focus weekends,” when PST will be highlighting specific geographic areas. You can check out my first guide to last week’s preview weekend, and stay updated on future pieces by following them at @ForYourArt.
If you can’t get out to a museum today, there’s still plenty to soak up at home. I especially like these PST-produced videos that feature actors paired with artists, talking about Los Angeles.
Here’s Anthony Kiedis and Ed Ruscha driving down the Sunset Strip, talking about type. It’s fascinating to hear from two men whose legacies are intertwined with this stretch of road: Ruscha, of course, documenting it in daylight from a moving car; Kiedis rising to fame in the darkness of its night clubs.
This week, I was absolutely delighted to find another film in the series. Here, Jason Schwartzman is in conversation with John Baldessari, who appears to him as a giant bearded Zeus-like face projected on the side of LACMA. I don’t know about you, but this is exactly how I envision it would be like to actually meet Baldessari.
And while we’re talking videos, it’s worth watching the PST introduction on the homepage that will give you a brief primer on exactly why this exhibition is so groundbreaking. It’s sure to get you excited about the citywide art circus that’s springing up all around you—and it will hopefully spark that same sense of LA pride.