November 18, 2011-April 8, 2012
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Since 1924, the Chinese-inspiried building at 46 N. Los Robles Avenue in Pasadena has been a Southern California landmark and a focal point of Pasadena’s cultural life. It has housed a succession of institutions that introduced the region to an unparalleled variety of art. Between 1945 and 1969, it was home to the
Pasadena Art Museum, one of the most important museums for modern and contemporary art in the United States. 46 N. Los Robles: A History of the Pasadena Art Museum will, for the first time, trace the entire development of the Pasadena Art Museum, focusing on its years in the Grace Nicholson Building on North Los Robles Avenue, currently the home of Pacific Asia Museum. The exhibition will present more than 40 important modern and contemporary works shown at USC Pasadena Art Museum in its groundbreaking exhibitions, including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and documentation of performances. It will also feature installations photographs of the exhibitions and audio and video interviews with Pasadena Art Museum directors, curators, artists, and board members looking back at this extraordinary institution and time.
Artists featured in this exhibition include Peter Alexander, John Altoon, Alexander Archipenko, Walter Askin, Larry Bell, Wallace Berman, William Brice, Hans Burkhardt, Vija Celmins, John Chamberlain, Joseph Cornell, Richard Diebenkorn, Marcel Duchamp, Leonard Edmondson, Lyonel Feininger, Llyn Foulkes, George Herms, Robert Irwin, Alexei Jawlensky, Ynez Johnston, Wassily Kandinsky, Craig Kauffman, Ed Kienholz, Paul Klee, John Mason, Claes Oldenburg, Ken Price, Edward Ruscha, Kurt Schwitters, Edmund Teske, Peter Voulkos, Andy Warhol, and Emerson Woelffer.
The exhibition is guest-curated by Jay Belloli as part of the Getty Pacific Standard Time initiative and is supported by Bank of America, the Pasadena Art Alliance, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, Judy McCready, and Ann and Olin Barrett.
46 N. Los Robles: A History of the Pasadena Art Museum is part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months to tell the story of the birth of th L.A. art scene. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.