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Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival

More than 30 New Works, Re-Inventions, Commissions and Happenings to Unfold Across Los Angeles on January 19–29, 2012.

“Myths of Rape” by Leslie Labowitz-Starus, performed for “Three Weeks in May,” Suzanne Lacy, 1977. Photo: Suzanne Lacy

The art of Pacific Standard Time heads into the streets, clubs and public spaces of Southern California from January 19 through 29, 2012, during the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival. This 11-day celebration will feature more than 30 extraordinary performances, including contemporary re-enactments of iconic works by artists such as Eleanor Antin, Judy Chicago, Suzanne Lacy, and James Turrell, and interventions both large and small in the public sphere. The festival will present a series of adaptations, re-inventions, and commissions that are inspired by the performance and installation artists working in Los Angeles between 1945 and 1980.

Throughout the festival, a group of new public artworks will be on view throughout the city. In addition, new performances will premiere every day, including outdoor visual spectacles, experimental theater and sound art, social and political interventions, and media art. Highlights include a newly commissioned performance by Andrea Fraser, a previously unrealized dream performance by Richard Jackson, and a never-before produced play by William Leavitt. A nightly after-party by artist Liz Glynn, Black Box, will provide a space for socializing, and include surprise performances each evening. For a complete listing of the Festival’s events and projects, please visit

The Festival’s Co-Directors are Glenn Phillips, Principal Project Specialist and Consulting Curator at the Getty Research Institute, and Lauri Firstenberg, Director and Chief Curator of LAXART.

Organized by LAXART and the Getty Research Institute. Support provided by the Getty Foundation.

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