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Missed the Pacific Standard Time Festival? Watch the YouTube Channel

A still from Pacific Standard Time's YouTube video of Kalpa, by Hirokazu Kosaka. Footage by Peter Kirby.
A still from Pacific Standard Time's YouTube video of Kalpa, by Hirokazu Kosaka. Footage by Peter Kirby.

LOS ANGELES — Pacific Standard Time, the major celebration of California’s artistic heritage, recently hosted the Pacific Standard Time Festival, a curated selection of performance and public art throughout Los Angeles. The festival focuses on the installation and performance work of LA-based artists from the 1940s to the 1980s, largely through adaptations, remixes and commissions.

The Festival had a powerhouse roster. Hirokazu Kosaka transformed the Getty Center into a stunning moving sculpture of thread and hypnotic dancers. Lita Albuquerque recreated a land art piece using an air landing and human beings in red jumpsuits. And LA><ART recreated Mark di Suvero’s iconic “Artists’ Tower of Protest” that originally protested the Vietnam War.

Fortunately for those of you not based in Los Angeles, there’s YouTube, and the group has put together a lovely series of videos that captures the performances in high resolution. I wish they were a tad longer, but they do a good job of showing the essence of the performances. Here are a few favorites:

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