I don’t know about you, but I feel starved when my life lacks art. I crave experience through the eyes of another. This past week I went to Pasadena City’s Art Night. This yearly event kicks off at City Hall, which is actually Pawnee City Hall if you are a fan of Parks and Rec (Knope for 2016!). From there, free coach buses take passengers on four different routes throughout the city, each stopping at multiple venues. I hoped on the central route which took me, in two hours, to the Armory Center for the Arts, Lineage Performing Arts Center, Art Center College of Design, and Muse/Ique.
The Armory Center for the Arts was one of my favorite locations to visit. There was live music playing, and different artists who spoke on their mediums. I learned about one way of layering images to create a 3-D printed photo effect. The artists were all passionate and willing to answer questions. During ArtNight, the Armory featured Faith Wilding: Fearful Symmetries which featured works from the last forty years of this feminist artist (ArtCenter College of Design). The band, Nightjacket, was also phenomenal.
From there, the bus took my group to the Lineage Performing Arts Center. Lineage was a completely different experience than the other events. Lineage is a nonprofit performing company who uses their productions to raise money for various other nonprofit organizations. Each show sends its profits to a different type of need. The dancers performed to live music with vocals, monologue pieces, and a musical theater piece. The dancers are very talented and dedicated, and it’s beautiful to see other artists trying to support various societal needs.
As a writer I enjoyed visiting the Artcenter College of Design. This location featured an interesting typography floor feature. One of the hallways was layered with various headlines, and newspaper type. There were walls showing decades of famous quotes. I snapped a picture of the JFK Shooting announcement.
There are so many resources to finding fun groups, artistic outings, and new connections. It’s important, as artists, not to get stuck only exploring your own means of expression. Visual artists can learn different perspectives by hearing the way writers describe. Literary artists can benefit from studying how visual artists say so much, in so little time.
Armory Center for the Arts: http://armoryarts.org/
Artcenter College of Design: http://www.artcenter.edu/accd/index.jsp
Lineage Performing Arts Center: http://lineagedance.org/
ArtNight Pasadena: http://artnightpasadena.org/
Nightjacket Music: https://nightjacket.bandcamp.com/releases
I leave you with this last image, because it struck me when I read it.
ArtCenter College of Design. “Art Night Pasadena” Flier. Art Night Pasadena. Pasadena, CA. 2015. Print.
Wilding, Faith. “Fearful Symmetries”. [c. 1975-2015.] Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena.