July 19, Kathrin Burmester

“Pacific Standard Time – All Aboard?”
An open forum organized and staged by Kathrin Burmester

“Pacific Standard Time – All Aboard?”
An open forum organized and staged by Kathrin Burmester
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
7 – 9pm

On July 19th at PØST I am staging an open platform for artists and art workers to engage in a discussion around the Pacific Standard Time (PST) initiative that will sweep across SoCal for the next half year beginning in early Fall.

Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 is a Getty funded initiative. From October of 2011 through March 2012, more than 60 exhibitions and programs across the region will focus on the artistic production of Southern California in the post-war years. Organizers have described the initiative as an effort to discover and celebrate art that has been overlooked and/or under-valued because of a New York or Euro-centric bias in the art field.

Words like extravaganza, celebration, collaboration, collective effort are highlighted in press about the initiative. The Getty has funded almost $10 million in grants in support of this initiative. Other funders, like the Warhol foundation, have also contributed significant amounts to exhibitions.

I believe that the sheer magnitude of PST and its potential to impact all different levels of art production asks for a closer look. What does this initiative mean for artists and art discourse in LA today, the place where we primarily engage?

The idea behind PST at PØST is to provide the form of an open forum. In addition, various tools for presentation will be made available, including stage, microphone and projectors -- allowing other forms of speech and demonstration of thought to be put into play.

This is an opportunity to share experiences with PST or pose questions regarding PST. Any aspect of the initiative is open for discussion and everybody is welcome to join. If you have a specific thought you would like to address and would like it to be announced in advance, please let me know. I will be happy to list you as a confirmed participant. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Kathrin Burmester

July 2011 Kamikaze Exhibits
1904 East 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021 USA
213 4881280


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