Explore the Era

Delve into the postwar Los Angeles art world in this online archive, which provides additional material related to the exhibitions on view at the Getty Center. Learn about hipsters and happenings, and the venues across the city where all the action took place through images from the archives and first-hand accounts with the artists.

High Performance magazine

During its quarterly run from 1978 to 1997, High Performance magazine, which had its office at this location, documented the progressive art world. Founded as a magazine covering performance art, the publication gradually shifted editorial focus first to include all new and experimental art, and then to activism and community-based art. High Performance followed the activities of numerous Southern California artists including Chris Burden, Allan Kaprow, Suzanne Lacy, Rachel Rosenthal, and Barbara T. Smith.

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