It’s that time again: time for another Pacific Standard Time Focus Weekend! This time, the Focus Weekend heads to the center of the city: Downtown and Exposition Park. There are lots of great deals and cool places to go near the shows, which are not located very far from each other. This Focus Weekend is one of the most exciting because, first, there are events starting on Thursday and, second, there will be another Downtown Focus Weekend in March to capture all the great shows in the area.
So, let’s break it down first by the shows that are open that weekend and then by other things nearby that you should totally check out while Downtown.
EXHIBITS THAT ARE PART OF THE DOWNTOWN FOCUS WEEKEND
You can download the full itinerary of special events here!
• Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles At MOCA Grand Ave: Weegee, a sometimes salacious tabloid photographer, created a very unique lens by which to view Hollywood. 6:30PM on Thursday, there will be an art talk with researcher MacKenzie Bennett and guest assistant curator Jason Goldman, as they tour the exhibit. The event is free!
• Artistic Evolution at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County: This off-the-110 museum is the former home of the Los Angeles County Museum, where it once hosted works by art powerhouses artists like John Baldessari, Betye Saar and Ed Ruscha. Saturday at 11AM, there will be a tour of the exhibit with curator Charlotte Eyerman. The tour is free–but first come, first serve!
• Drawing The Line at the Japanese American National Museum: This Downtown show surveys “the dynamic and diverse Japanese American contributions to the visual landscape of L.A. in the period following World War II.” 2PM on Saturday, there will be a panel with artists from the exhibit, including Bob Nakamura, Nancy Uemura, Linda Nishio and Nobuko Miyamoto.
• The Experimental Impulse At REDCAT: This show showcases artists who currently live and work in the city and their thoughts on initial developments in the arts through current practices. The co-organizers of the exhibit–Thomas Lawson and Aram Moshayedi–will be speaking with artists Fiona Connor and Benjamin Tong regarding their research for the show, Saturday at 3PM.
• Civic Virtue at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and Watts Towers Art Center: This double venue show shares the history and evolution of these two unique LA arts spaces. There are three events happening this weekend surrounding this show: an opening reception Thursday evening at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; an opening reception Saturday at the Watts Towers Arts Center followed by a screening of I Build The Tower; and a Sunday panel with three scholars of Los Angeles’ cultural history.
• Places of Validation at California African American Museum: This show “retraces the steps that African Americans took in creating a solid foundation for Black artists and their work to thrive in Los Angeles.” There will be two events for this show: a free tour on both Saturday and Sunday.
• Cruising The Archive: Rare Looks at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives: One of two Pacific Standard Time shows hosted by ONE Archives, Rare Looks shows the relationship between art history and LGBT history in Los Angeles in the post-war era. Sunday there will be a rad event: Jeanne Córdova will be giving a “rap-a-log” and reading from her new book When We Were Outlaws.
For our recommendations of where to go when visiting these shows, check out the Pacific Standard Time blog!