Hey, L.A. art world mavens and machers! The eighth-month-long Pacific Standard Time extravaganza kicks off this month at more than 60 SoCal institutions. What are you most looking forward to experiencing?

Angeleno, October 2011

Barbara T. Smith with her "Field Piece" in 1971

Barbara T. Smith with her “Field Piece” in 1971

“I’m looking forward to seeing Barbara T. Smith’s new video work featuring more than 150 black and white images documenting her 1968-1971 work ‘Field Piece’ in the show curated by Aaron Wrinkle and Jean Millant at Cirrus Gallery. There’s also a wonderful and rarely seen untitled work by John Altoon that I can’t wait to view in person (it won the Purchase Prize from LACMA in 1961) featured in the Natural History Museum’s show curated by Charlotte Eyerman.” —Annie Wharton, gallery owner/director, Annie Wharton Los Angeles

“I am practically Elvis-excited about Eleanor Antin’s performance at the Hammer. And I am very interested in the way artists’ work will pop up in different contexts throughout the city—especially those whose work we don’t get to see very often, like Ilene Segalove, Barbara T. Smith, Eugenia P. Butler, John Outerbridge and Robert Heinecken.” —Shana Lutker, artist

“I’m very excited about Doin’ It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Women’s Building at Otis College of Art and Design. Besides a great title, it reveals the largely forgotten history of an amazing artist space that was a center for socially engaged practice.” —Sue Bell Yank, writer and assistant director of Academic Programs, Hammer Museum

“Liz Glynn’s speakeasy, ‘black box,’ is a festival within the Performance and Public Art Festival that will be the place to go to after performances each day. Every night from January 19-29, this public stage for counter-programming will feature an after-party with emerging artists at 830 N. Highland.” —Bettina Korek, founder, ForYourArt

“I am looking forward to Exchange and Evolution: Worldwide Video Long Beach 1974-1999, the Long Beach Museum of Art’s international exchanges via video art.” —Anne Bray, executive director, Freewaves

Artist Ger Van Elk and gallerist Claire Copley in front of her eponymous gallery on La Cienega

Artist Ger Van Elk and gallerist Claire Copley in front of her eponymous gallery on La Cienega

“I will definitely not miss She Accepts the Proposition: Six Women Gallerists and the Redefinition of Art in Los Angeles, 1967-1978 at the Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads School.” —Emma Gray, curator, Emma Gray HQ

“The Best Kept Secret exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum featuring artists influenced by UC Irvine nearly 50 years ago. Vija Clemins, Robert Irvin, James Turrell, Chris Burden, Alexis Smith—a remarkable collection of talent and new thinking that had their beginnings in a single spot at a single point in time. This should be a great show.” —Mandy Einstein, collector

“There’s a series that Charles Gaines did that I’ve never seen called ‘Walnut Tree Orchard’ at the Hammer’s Now Dig This! show. He had a catalog that he made 15 years ago that I got my hands on and the stuff I read in there was very influential to me, but I’ve never seen the work. So I’m really looking forward to seeing that in person finally.” —Edgar Arceneaux, artist and director, Watts House Project

“I’m most excited about Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987 at LACMA, which will uncover significant performance works and films by this Chicano collective that frequently trespassed across the boundary between art and activism.” —Michael Ned Holte, writer and independent curator

Ed Ruscha's "The Back of Hollywood," 1977

Ed Ruscha’s “The Back of Hollywood,” 1977

“Betye Saar’s ‘Spirit Catcher’ from 1976-77 in Kellie Jones’ Now Dig This! at the Hammer is a work that I tried to borrow for a show [while at the Menil in Houston] three years ago, and it couldn’t travel due to fragility. Very excited to see it here in L.A. where it is in a collection.” —Franklin Sirmans, curator, LACMA

“Anthony Friedkin’s photographs included at the Getty’s In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945-1980. A native son and longtime surfer, Friedkin has developed one of the most intense perspectives of our city, and has in turn captured some of its most compelling and iconic moments.” —Alex Israel, artist

Maria Nordman Filmroom: Smoke 1967-Present at LACMA. It has been years since a project of Nordman’s has been seen in L.A. Here is an artist who has always had her own direction and was never part of a particular movement.” —Rosamund Felsen, owner/director, Rosamund Felsen Gallery

“Paul Schimmel’s Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981 show at MOCA. In particular, viewing Chris Burden’s ‘The Reason for the Neutron Bomb,’ Bruce Nauman’s ‘South America Triangle’ and Raymond Pettibon’s ‘Black Flag at the Starwood, Tuesday, November 18, 1980.'” —Lisa Schiff, art advisor

“Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe—Lou Reed’s update of his 1975 Metal Machine Music album at Cal State Long Beach’s Carpenter Center—and MOCA’s punk rock festival for Under the Big Black Sun in January promise some very special opportunities to explore the art (and music) of that era.” —Adam Gross, executive director, Art Platform—Los Angeles

“I am especially excited to see Robert Wilhite’s ‘Chinese Cocktail,’ a concert for 10 performers and 10 custom-made sculptural instruments that is structured by a ‘visual notation system.’ It should be interesting to see one medium informed by a totally different language.” —Flora Wiegmann, performance artist, co-owner of Mandrake Bar

Weegee's "City Hall, Los Angeles, CA," 1953-55

Weegee’s “City Hall, Los Angeles, CA,” 1953-55

“I love Weegee and MOCA’s Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles. The exhibition should provide viewers with a terrific view of Los Angeles: naked and dead. Who could ask for a better theme for PST? Also, I have always loved the huge Japanese influence on art, design, culture and food in Los Angeles and look forward to the Drawing the Line show at the Japanese American National Museum.” —Stefan Simchowitz, producer and curator

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