Julius Shulman’s 1936 shot of Griffith Observatory — and beyond

Architecture & Design · Visual arts
The other evening, touring the Pacific Standard show at the L.A. Municipal Gallery on Olive Hill, I was caught off guard by a four-inch square print of this precious, heroic Julius Shulman photograph dating from 1936. It almost made me cry: the two caps, shape of building [it was then only years old], hills and ...

Experimental films by Topanga Canyon creatives @ Los Angeles Filmforum

Film · Language & ideas
An upcoming program at Los Angeles Filmforum — screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation — captures my interest. It’s the ninth installment of Filmforum director Adam Hyman’s extensive and rigorous 24-program exhibition of experimental films made in L.A. between 1945 and 1980. This survey fits neatly into the time ...

WeeGee shoots “Newark with palm trees” — Los Angeles

Visual arts
arts·meme visual arts correspondent, Liz Goldner, contributes this review.  “Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art (part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative), brings out of near oblivion 200 photographic artworks and a few films, from the late 1940s through the 60s, by and of tabloid photographer, “Weegee” (real name, ...

Go south, PST people — to Long Beach and Orange County

Music · Visual arts
Pacific Standard Time got you overwhelmed? Me too, guys! But here’s a way to break it up, geographically speaking. The weekend of 3-4 December you can lose the L.A.-centricity and check out what’s going on Down Under, you know … Behind the Orange Curtain, er… I mean, you can visit our dear neighbors to the ...

African-American photojournalists capture L.A.’s rich post-War arts world 1

Dance · Fashion · Music · Visual arts
These arts images are drawn from “Identity and Affirmation: Postwar African-American Photography,” an exhibition of 125 images produced by Los Angeles African-American photographers during the postwar years from 1945 to 1980. The marvelous show, now on at Cal State Northridge, also includes social and political photographs. It’s part of the Getty’s “Pacific Standard Time” survey ...

Diavolo’s skateboard escapade, part of Pacific Standard Time

Dance
Diavolo Dance Theater, the Los Angeles based dance company led by artistic director Jacques Heim, will have a residency with Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center as part of the 2011-2012 season, to create “Transit Space,” a new work inspired by skateboard culture — a sport and an art form invented in Southern ...

PST: Guy Dill’s seventies art at Leslie Sacks Contemporary

Visual arts
I’m intrigued by the images of beautiful work by Los Angeles artist, Guy Dill, part of the “Pacific Standard Time” celebration of mid-century Los Angeles art. According to the gallery materials, Dill worked raw, natural materials, highlighting their inherent structural and aesthetic qualities. Preserving these elements in their original state, the artist combined material purity ...

A potpourri of PST

Visual arts
arts·meme visual arts correspondent, Liz Goldner, contributes this overview of Pacific Standard Time events around the southern California region: Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 at MOCA‘s Geffen Contemporary, Little Tokyo, features works that are dark in theme and execution with a strong undercurrent of self-absorption. Underneath this veneer, the show’s honesty, integrity ...

Hans Burkhardt, master artist of Los Angeles @ Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

Visual arts
The expansive and influential career of Hans Burkhardt (1904–1994), who constantly updated and reinvented as a painter in Los Angeles is the focus of a survey exhibition of paintings and drawings, “Hans Burkhardt: Within & Beyond the Mainstream.” In the video, gallerist Rutberg notes, with certain contained astonishment, that Burkhardt, who transferred to L.A. after ...

Alluring mix of mid-century jazz & photography comes to Northridge

Music · Visual arts
October 23 is as good a day as any, no better, to trek to the deep San Fernando Valley. On that Sunday, the campus of Cal State University, Northridge, will be super alive in an extraordinary double-bill highlighting the best of African-American art. Featured photographers: Roland Charles, Willie Middlebrook, Jack Davis, Calvin Hick At 2 ...