The Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival opens on January 19. For 11 days, artists will be activating public spaces across the city with a variety of performances and public art. From Pomona to Santa Monica beach, these works will include everything from experimental music and conceptual art to dance, light shows, pyrotechnics, and more!
The festival is part of the region-wide Pacific Standard Time initiative, in which over 60 institutions are holding exhibitions about art in Los Angeles between 1945 and 1980. The festival is an opportunity to explore an important aspect of the art production from the period that can’t be experienced inside a gallery or museum.
Many of these performances are re-inventions of pieces originally performed in the 1960s and ’70s. In some cases, these will be staged by the original artists, including Judy Chicago’s large-scale environmental pyrotechnics, Suzanne Lacy’s series of powerful performances highlighting violence against women, and multimedia light shows by the group Single Wing Turquoise Bird.
Many new artists will also bring their own interpretations to historical performances, creating 21st-century projects with inspiration in the past. For example, two pieces include online components (K-PST and 00:00 [RESET]), and a series of events at Machine Project that look back at the era—Jason Brown’s alternative history of L.A., for example. Each night of the festival, Liz Glynn’s Black Box, a cabaret-like nightclub, will feature different surprise performances.
Check out the newly launched festival website at pacificstandardtimefestival.org for the full schedule, ticketing information, and to learn more about the projects. During the festival, watch the site for video and photographs documenting the works, which will be uploaded after the events are over.