Politics and Art in Los Angeles: Free Weekend at Wilshire Museums; Occupy LA Teach-In At City Hall

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  You’ve heard about it on KCRW, experience it in the flesh this and next weekend. Some of the progressive voices you’ve heard on KCRW programs like To The Point,…

You’ve heard about it on KCRW, experience it in the flesh this and next weekend. Some of the progressive voices you’ve heard on KCRW programs like To The Point, Which Way, LA and Left, Right and Center will be speaking at an all day “teach-in” at City Hall today. And some of the Pacific Standard Time shows that we’ve talked about on TTP, WWLA, DnA and Art Talk, will be free to the public next weekend along with some great programming. See line-ups below for both below:


Pacific Standard Time Hollywood / Wilshire Boulevard Focus Weekend
November 12 – 13, 2011

 Neighboring Hollywood / Wilshire Boulevard Museums join together to present

special events programming exploring the history of California design,
art and politics including free admission, panel discussions,
film screenings and curatorial tours

WHEN:          November 12 – 13, 2011

The following participating museums offer free admission:

  • ·         A+D Architecture and Design Museum
  • ·         Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM)
  • ·         Fowler Museum
  • ·         Hammer Museum
  • ·         LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
  • ·         MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 “The Legacy of the California Design Exhibitions: Creating a Forum for Craft and Design”

Craft in America and LACMA collaborate to present a day of panel discussions and film screenings in conjunction with the exhibitions California Design, 19301965: Living in a Modern Way at LACMA and Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985 at CAFAM. Moderated by curators Wendy Kaplan and Jo Lauria, speakers will include renowned figures and artists included in the landmark, mid-century California Design exhibition series. Along with the program at LACMA, regional partners A+D Museum and the MAK Center are hosting talks. The day’s events end with a reception at CAFAM.

Curating California Design
9:30am – 12:00pm  
|  LACMA’s Bing Theater
Welcome and introduction by Carol Sauvion and Bobbye followed by a panel discussion with Eudorah M. Moore, Bernard Kester, Richard Amend and Lois Boardman. The discussion is followed by a 30-minute screening of Behind the Design.

Swiss on Rye Brown Bag Lunch and Talk with Deborah Sussman
A+D Museum
Deborah Sussman of Sussman/Prejza will lead a discussion about the exhibition Eames Designs: The Guest Host Relationship. Sussman worked with Charles and Ray Eames for over 10 years. Space is limited.
Please be sure to RSVP to rsvp@aplusd.org.

Curator Talk
1:00 pm 
MAK Center
Join exhibition curators for a discussion about the exhibition Sympathetic Seeing: Esther McCoy and the Heart of American Modernist Architecture and Design. 

Creating California Design
1:30 – 4:00pm  LACMA’s Bing Theater
Screening of Craft in America excerpts of the film Art is What I do about Ralph Bacerra (1hr). The screening is followed by a 2:30pm panel discussion with Jim Bassler, Raul Coronel, Arline Fisch, Miller Fong and Frank E. Cummings III, who will delve into the subject of creating California design.

5:00 – 7:00pm Craft and Folk Art Museum
Public and Artists’ Reception

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 – “Stake Your Claim: L.A., Art, & Politics”
The Fowler Museum, Hammer Museum, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) join together to present a diverse range of programs investigating the dynamic history of artists working towards social and political change in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Goes Live: Performance Art in Southern California 1970-1983
 6:00pm, with film screening at 3:00pm LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
Guided tours of the exhibition Los Angeles Goes Live offered throughout the day. At 3:00pm, special screening of rarely seen performance footage featuring the Bodacious Buggerilla, Kipper Kids, Nina Sobell and others.

Sandra de la Loza and Friends: Chicanos and Counter-Culture
1:00pm LACMA’s Bing Theater
A panel discussion in conjunction with the exhibition Mural Remix: Sandra de la Loza moderated by curator Chon Noriega with Sandra de la Loza, Louie Perez and Thomas Carrasco.

Kids in the Courtyard: Print Your Voice!
1:00 – 4:00pm Fowler Museum North Campus, UCLA (park in lot 4)
A drop-in printmaking workshop where participants will make a small edition of protest posters.

High Voltage: The Watts Legacy
3:00pm | Hammer Museum
In conjunction with the exhibition Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960 – 1980, Dr. Darnell Hunt moderates a discussion with exhibition artists and collectors regarding the past and future of Watts as a creative hub.

Gallery Talk
4:00pm Fowler Museum North Campus, UCLA (park in lot 4)
Join co-curator Chon Noriega and invited artists for a conversation about the use of printmaking as a force for social justice as it relates to the exhibition Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement.


LACMA | 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 90036 |  www.lacma.org

A + D |  6032 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90036 | www.aplusd.org

Craft and Folk Art Museum | 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90036 | www.cafam.org

Hammer Museum | 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90024 | www.hammer.ucla.edu

Fowler Museum| North Campus, UCLA (park in lot 4) | www.fowler.ucla.edu

LACE | 6522 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles 90028 | www.welcometolace.org

MAK Center | 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood 90069 |  www.makcenter.org


 Saturday, November 5, 2011 (All day)

All the following events at City Hall South Lawn:

2:30 – Introductory Remarks

2:45Robert Reich, Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and former US Labor Secretary

3:15Robert Scheer, Executive Editor, Truthdig.org, author of The Great American Stick Up:  How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street

3:30 – 5:00 – Economics Panel:

  • William Black, professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri
  • Joel Rogers, professor of Law, Political Science, Public Affairs and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin and president of the Center for Wisconsin Strategies in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Michael Hudson – (via livestream) President of The Institute for the Study of Long-Term Economic Trends (ISLET), a Wall Street
  • Financial Analyst, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
  • Robert Scheer – Moderator

5:00 – Carol Wells, Executive Director of Center for the Study of Political Graphics

5:15 – George Lakoff – (via livestream) – Professor of cognitive linguistics at UC Berkeley and author of Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate

5:30 – Closing Speaker TBA

6:00 – Music – Performers TBA

8:00 pm – Sneak Preview of Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? – a documentary film which reveals how American corporations orchestrated the dismantling of middle-class prosperity through rampant deregulation, the outsourcing of jobs, and tax policies favoring businesses and the wealthy and gave rise to corporate power. The Director Donald Goldmacher will present the film.