artistic evolution


And so begins my updates on Pacific Standard Time. The other day I looked over at my friend and said, “I can’t believe I haven’t written a thing about Pacific Standard Time”. The reply “Why would you need to write about the time zone?” No. No. PST is the collaboration of over sixty cultural institutions across Southern California who decided it was time to join forces and illustrate once and for all the story behind the L.A. art scene. I am seriously over-joyed by this. In fact, the lack of institutional collaborations was one of my biggest gripes about the L.A. art scene. The dialogue here never really seemed cohesive. Everyone was just doing their own thing, which is fine (and rightfully so) but something was missing. The culture is rich. The art is rich. The art scene? If you’re not in the mix of it all, it can be a bit of a mystery. That seems to be changing.

Let’s start with Artistic Evolution - an exhibit taking place at the Natural History Museum, which offers a view of the institution’s role in contributing majorly to the Los Angeles art scene. Of course, when you think of NHM, the first thing that comes to mind falls along the lines of science and natural history. However, prior to LACMA’s opening in 1965, this institution was the cultural center for many of the art world titans we know by name today – John Baldessari, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin, Ed Ruscha and Betye Saar, to name a few. The show starts October 2, 2011 and is on view until January 15, 2012. It’s set to hang in the museum’s elegant Rotunda, which boasts of a 58-foot dome and 20-foot skylight, so I say the experience as a whole should get you moving on over there, no?

Thanks to NHM for the info and image.

(Image: Robert Irwin, Lucky U, 1960 15 5/8″ x 15 3/8″ Oil on canvas. Collection Joni and Monte Gordon, Los Angeles © 2011 Robert Irwin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)


1 Mercedes @BeChicMag| 09.20.11 at 9:13 am |

Super cool, Rachel! I thought it was about the time zone too when I first started reading. It would’ve been great to spend a bit more time together in LA. It went by so fast.

2 Lisa Quinones-Fontanez| 09.20.11 at 10:28 am |

(I thought you were talking about the time zone too.)

The painting is beautiful! I love the bold color!

This is a great post – you’ve reminded me that I have to take my son to the museum. Thank you :)

3 Ericka| 09.20.11 at 11:44 am |

I am definitely there! I love spending the day there!

4 Unknown Mami| 09.20.11 at 1:27 pm |

Very cool. Would have had no idea how the Natural History Museum ties in.

5 Eva Smith| 09.20.11 at 5:24 pm |

Love the colors of the painting. I could just stay in the museum all day looking at paintings. Thank you for sharing.

6 Carla @ All of Me Now| 09.20.11 at 6:19 pm |

Sounds amazing! Loving the piece you included for this post. When I was younger I could never appreciate the artistic value of something like this but now I can’t stop from looking at art like this.

7 uchi| 09.20.11 at 6:40 pm |

Thanks for sharing Rachel ! The painting is great !!!!! I would love to see more :)

8 Presley's Pantry| 09.20.11 at 11:08 pm |

That’s not to far from home…. I’m going to have to check it out!

9 Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™| 09.21.11 at 6:14 am |

I also thought it was about the time zone! I was like why in the world is she talking about the time zone. but then i thought about it…. ella habla sobre arte… has to be a series or exhibit! and boom! there it is! I love that canvas. the colors are bold yet soothing.

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