Opening Reception: 27 September 2011, 8-10PM
On View: 27 September 2011 – 29 January 2012

LACE is proud to present Los Angeles Goes Live: Performance Art in Southern California 1970-1983 an exhibition, performance series and accompanying publication that explores the histories and legacies of performance art in Southern California in the 70s and early 80s.

Los Angeles Goes Live, opening on Tuesday 27 September 2011 and running through 29 January 2012, will explore histories and legacies of performance art in Southern California in the 1970s, emphasizing the evolution of performance within a broader drive toward artistic experimentation that cut across many spheres of cultural production.

LACE has commissioned a group of artists whose interests and practices are well suited to interrogate the central issue at the core of performance art practice and scholarship – How can one revisit performance art after the event and why? Artists include Jerri Allyn and Inez BushHeather Cassils, Cheri Gaulke, Liz Glynn, Ulysses Jenkins, Ellina Kevorkian, Suzanne Lacy, the OJO collective, Denise Uyehara and James Luna as well as Dorian Wood. These artists will re-stage and re-invent historic performances in Los Angeles from the 1970’s.

In contrast to the Paul Schimmel’s landmark exhibition Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979, which placed the work of a number of local artists within a broad international context, Los Angeles Goes Live strives to account for the disparate elements within the Southern California art scene in the 1970s, celebrating the ways that performance art grew organically – and in varied directions – out of processes of experimentation and the cross-pollination among different artistic practices, traditions and cultural movements (from punk, drag, feminist and Chicano art, to nascent conceptual art forms and video). In short, Los Angeles Goes Live does not take the category of performance art as a given, but rather explores the genealogies of experimental performance practices as they emerged, coalesced, and diverged within the cultural milieu unique to Southern California.

Los Angeles Goes Live has an important connection to LACE’s own institutional history. LACE was founded in 1978 by artists engaged in experimental performance-based work, conceptual art, and public and interventionist art. As an alternative space that responded, first and foremost, to the young and dynamic artistic community that created it, LACE was home to and at the crossroads of myriad experimental and hybrid art practices, many of which were performance-based and ephemeral. Los Angeles Goes Live provides the opportunity for the organization to expand beyond its specific history to a broader spectrum of experimental performance art.

Los Angeles Goes Live is part of Pacific Standard Time. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. LACE’s exhibition, performances and publication are supported by generous grants from the Getty Foundation.

LACE’s exhibition and three commissions by OJOLiz Glynn, and Suzanne Lacywill be part of the Pacific Standard Performance and Public Art Festival (19 January – 29 January 2012). Engaging the innovative spirit of that period and LA’s vibrant contemporary art scene, the performance art and public art festival will transform Southern California over ten days during Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980.

Los Angeles Goes Live’s publication, Live in LA: Performance Art in Southern California 1970-1983, edited by Peggy Phelan, will be published by Routledge. The publication features scholarly essays by Peggy PhelanAmelia Jones, and Michael Ned Holte and a piece by Suzanne Lacy and Jennifer Flores Sternad that connects the personal reflections of 50 artists working in performance art and public practices in Southern California during the 70’s and early 80’s.

LACE champions and challenges the art of our time by fostering artists who innovate, explore, and risk. We move within and beyond our four walls to provide opportunities for diverse publics to engage deeply with contemporary art. In doing so, we further dialogue and participation between and among artists and those audiences.

LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
6522 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90028
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun 12 – 6pm, and Thu 12 – 9 pm

Suggested donation $3, Members free

Support for LACE and its programs are provided by the Getty Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, James Irvine Foundation, Jerry and Terri Kohl Family Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The Mohn Family Foundation, Morris Family Foundation, the Audrey & Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation, the Visual Artists Network, a program of the National Performance Network, Stone Brewing Co., and the members of LACE.