Los Angeles Goes Live: Performance Art in Southern California 1970 – 1983

June 2011 – January 2012 

The exhibition featured performance art documentation and ephemera that has gone unseen for generations and will feature a range of artists and approaches to performance. Artist and guest curator Ellina Kevorkian organized Recollecting Performance. This collection of clothing and objects suggests that the clothing or objects used in a performance are not remnants but a sculptural void holding an inherent performance to be fulfilled. Building upon the dominant history created by the actions of Eleanor Antin, Chris Burden, Suzanne Lacy, Allan Kaprow, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, and Barbara T. Smith, the exhibition featured artists and collectives that were also pushing the boundaries of convention and shaping the broader creative community with their work such as Jerri Allyn, Asco, Bob & Bob, Dorit Cypis, Dreva, Gronk, Ulysses Jenkins, Kim Jones, the Kipper Kids, Richard Newton and Johanna Went, to name just a few. 

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 a generous grant from the Getty Foundation.