Pasadena’s Spring ArtNight will feature paint-spewing army ducks, Japanese folding screens, satiric and seditious animated video shorts, pop-up galleries and teen- scene music and art workshops. The event, set for Friday, March 9, is a great opportunity to bring the whole family out on the town in search of artistic inspiration and entertainment – all for free!
From 6 to 10 p.m. a dozen cultural venues will open their doors and the city of Pasadena will provide free shuttle service at each location. Walking is also an option as many of the venues are clustered downtown. To join a bicycling group visit www.cicle.org. For easy treats at modest prices, trendy food trucks will appear at a handful of venues.
While entry to each location is free, many of the host venues will also offer special discounts on merchandise or memberships with proof of Metro ridership, including 10 percent off store merchandise at the Pasadena Museum of California Art or 10 percent off the price of exhibition catalogues at the Armory Center for the Arts. Other venues will offer additional discounts on memberships.
ArtNight is a twice-yearly event made possible through ongoing partnership among many cultural institutions and the Cultural Affairs Division of the city of Pasadena and is sponsored by the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission. For more information call (626) 744-7887. For accessibility and alternative formats call (626) 744-7062. Para español visite www.artnightpasadena.org. Venues are:
Voyages à travers l’Europe
Born in Belgium, Elisabeth Johns is an established artist based in San Marino, California. Her paintings are inspired by the beautiful sceneries encountered during her travels through Europe.
Art Center College of Design
From the earliest to the most recent images of the cosmos, don’t miss The History of Space Photography – the most comprehensive exhibition of its kind ever organized.
Armory Center for the Arts
See Richard Jackson’s Accidents in Abstract Painting, showcasing paint-spewing army ducks and paint-filled airplane wreckage. Plus, solo shows by Jocelyn Foye and Dawn Kasper.
artWORKS Teen Center
See teens’ stunning creations in art, design, music and new media. artWORKS is a collaboration of Learning Works, The Armory, Project Connect and The Flintridge Center.
Lineage Performing Arts Center
Enjoy contemporary dance and live music with Pasadena’s own Lineage Dance and Michelle Bloom. Choreographer Hilary Thomas partners with acclaimed singer-songwriter Bloom, presenting new works.
Norton Simon Museum
Enjoy Hans Memling’s Portrait of a Man, c. 1470-75, now on loan from The Frick Collection in New York, plus centuries of masterpieces on permanent view.
Pasadena City College
Satiric and seditious animated video shorts by multimedia artist Erin Cosgrove, plus live jazz and highlights from the PCC Cinema program.
Pacific Asia Museum
46 N. Los Robles: A History of the Pasadena Art Museum traces the development of the Pasadena Art Museum, focusing on its years in Pacific Asia Museum’s Grace Nicholson Building.
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Three new exhibitions, including L.A. RAW, which places post-war figurative art in historical context and examines the pivotal role played by L.A. artists from 1945-80.
Pasadena Museum of History
Contemporary Masters, Artistic Eden III, a collaboration with the Pasadena Art Gallery Association, features juried paintings of life in the San Gabriel Valley by nationally recognized painters.
Shumei Arts Council
Enjoy Robert Crowder’s special paintings on Byobu folding screens and panels, and dynamic Makoto Taiko drumming at 6:15, 7:15, 8:15 and 9:15 pm.
Side Street Projects
NewTown and Side Street Projects presents Untamed (parking) Spaces:
tents, trucks and trailers transformed into pop-up galleries, theaters and
stages. Refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market on Arroyo.