West Hollywood Celebrates Pacific Standard Time

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PST Brochure CoverPST…It All Started Here – West Hollywood Celebrates Pacific Standard Time

In 1945-1980, the years that Pacific Standard Time covers, the urban parcel that is now the City of West Hollywood was the modern-day wild west, physically and metaphorically. An unincorporated territory smack in the middle of Los Angeles, it was—and is—a hotbed of creativity and progressivism representing the rebellious heart of Southern California’s artistic and cultural identity. True to form, West Hollywood presented its own provocative take on Pacific Standard Time with “PST …It All Started Here,” a collection of events and exhibits that take art out of the museum and onto the streets—and celebrate the art world icons, rock music stars, visionary conceptualists, and revolutionary thinkers that made the city a world renowned cultural destination.

Brash, bold, and brainy, offerings for PST…It All Started Here include Perpetual Conceptual, an exploration of gallerist Eugenia Butler, part of the seminal art movement on La Cienega Boulevard that was anchored by the legendary Ferus Gallery. Decade of Dissent mines the archives of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, whose collection of post-WWII political art is the largest of its kind in the U.S. At the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, Wink Wink examines the relationship between artistic practices and LGBTQ histories. Other activities will tie in storied locations—including Barney’s Beanery, the Troubadour and the Whisky—that were the hang-outs of the artists and musicians that shaped our world.

Incorporated in 1984, West Hollywood was the first in the U.S. to call itself “The Creative City.” Encompassing vibrant districts including The Avenues and the Sunset Strip, “WeHo” has been voted the second most walkable community in California, and, at 1.9-square miles total, arguably has more arts per square mile than any other city in the country. PST…It All Started Here celebrates Pacific Standard Time, and West Hollywood’s role in shaping the cultural history of Southern California.

Signature Events: 

 Perpetual Conceptual: Echos of Eugenia Butler*
Eugenia Bulter 

The multi-site, multi-media exhibition Perpetual Conceptual: Echoes of Eugenia Butler presents a renegotiated understanding of the historical importance of Eugenia Butler, Sr. and her seminal gallery. The influence and relevance of conceptual projects and events that toook place there continue to permeate the contemporary art scene. For more information, visit LAND. A digital record of the exhibition can be found on the P.S.T. website here.

You can find photos of Eric Orr's wall installation, recreated by his son, here.

You can find images of the opening reception here

 Decade of Dissent: Democracy in Action 1965-1975
West Hollywood Library 

The exhibition Decade of Dissent: Democracy in Action 1965-1975 documents the importance of political poster art in promoting the ideas and ideals of democracy in California during a turbulent, watershed era in California, and across the nation. For more information, visit Center for the Study of Political Graphics

This exhibit, which was specially created for the West Hollywood Library, has since been adapted into an exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center on display from October 11, 2012 - February 17, 2013.

Along with the exhibit at the West Hollywood Library, CSPG created a series of video interviews documenting the history of the posters and artists.

 Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980*
West Hollywood Library 

Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 is a three-part exhibition that explores the relationship between artistic practices and LGBTQ histories through artworks, objects, and archival documents culled from the collections at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. For more information visit ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. Several images from the exhibit can be found here

 Can't get enough of Pacific Standard Time?

 West Hollywood Library
West Hollywood Library 

If you are interested in learning more about the artists of the Pacific Standard Time era, check out the bibliography prepared by the staff at the West Hollywood Library.



* These exhibits funded by the following presenting sponsors:

 PST Credit Block