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18th Street Arts Center Continues Its Legacy Theme
Opening Reception is on Saturday, June 18, 2011 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Jerri Allyn & Inez S. Bush (in photo Marjan Vayghan & Marissa Mercado)
Debating Through the Arts/A Performance Art Event #1
24th Street Theatre, Los Angeles, CA 2009
Santa Monica, CA –On June 18, 6pm-10pm, 18th Street debuts the opening for the final two exhibitions from its Legacy theme, Jerri Allyn and Inez S. Bush’s Debating Through the Arts: Exhibition & Performance 3 project and York Chang’s second life project. These two artists will activate the 18th Street galleries by creating projects that commemorate and pay tribute to California’s influential Contemporary Art Movement; all in the spirit of the Getty Foundation’s sponsored project, Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980.
18th Street Gallery – Debating Through the Arts: Exhibition & Performance 3
Artist Jerri Allyn, known for her involvement with Feminist Art Movement in the late 70’s, and Professional Arts Educator and artist Inez S. Bush, transform the 18th Street Gallery into an interactive installation and performance space for their project, Debating Through the Arts: Exhibition & Performance 3. Jerri and Inez have collaborated with the following artists that will make up their Debating Art teams: Juna Amano, Micol Hebron, Michele Jaquis, Carol McDowell, Marissa Mercado, Rosalyn Myles, Shana Nys Dambrot, Juliana Ostrovsky, Beth Peterson, Karl Jean Petion, Erika Reynoso, Trinidad Ruiz, Marjan Vayghan, and Erich Wiseto. From June 18 through August 28, this exhibition will provide a platform for these artists and the public to openly explore timely issues in a non-judgmental environment. Jerri and Inez will present a series of events based on the Model United Nations paradigm, which will help foster these artists’ creative perspectives and solutions to various political and global affairs such as: Freedom of Expression, Gentrification, Cultural Equity and the Democratization of Creativity on Society.
Project Room – second life
In the Project Room, York Chang, in conjunction with Fernando Sanchez, investigates the history of the Artist Actualization Services, a short-lived and controversial performance art group active in Los Angeles from 1979-1980. This underground group developed a near-fanatical following which took part in a controversial cultural production strategy called “Posing,” where member artists appropriated the identities of their more well-known contemporaries in order to create attention for new work. Through the pages of the seminal performance art magazine High Performance, the Artist Actualization Services created multiple undetected reports of their actions, successfully attributed to other artists. These fraudulent reports subvert notions of authorship, and ultimately call into question the entire project of art history. This exhibition presents this history with an installation of archival documents, photographs, video and a newly-published issue of High Performance, which seeks to correct errors generated in past issues by the actions of the Artist Actualization Services.
About 18th Street’s Legacy Theme:
Each year 18th Street Arts Center sets an annual theme, which provides a unifying principle for our artists’ research and inquiry. The theme for 2011 is Legacy. 18th Street’s 2011 artists are exploring the idea of artistic legacy and the numerous forms it can take as well as the debates that are provoked by such forms.
18th Street selected four fellowship artists from a competitive process that have activated our galleries as artists in residence from February through late August 2011, followed by the opening on September 24 of Collaboration Labs, 18th Street’s exhibition for the Getty Sponsored Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980 project.
The 18th Street Artist Fellows are addressing basic questions about how artistic legacy is passed down, whether it should be passed down, and whether ephemeral performative and media-based work can be re-performed/re-envisioned by the authors or by new generations of artists. The projects of the Fellows involve a strong degree of public engagement that will open new lines of thinking while considering the legacy of art-making and intellectual ferment that has made Los Angeles such an amazing site for creativity.
For more information on Legacy and the artists involved, visit: www.18thstreet.org
Gallery hours are Monday – Friday 11am-6pm. 18th Street Arts Center is located at 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica.
18th Street Arts Center programs are generously funded by the City of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Arts Commission, California Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Irvine Foundation, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Getty Foundation.