Tag Archives: Pasadena




Presented by The Pasadena Arts Council’s AxS Festival

Friday, September 19th – Sunday, October 5th

As part of this year’s Art and Science (AxS) Festival in Pasadena, whose theme is “Curiosity,” the Gamble House has collaborated with the Pasadena Arts Council and Machine Project of Los Angeles to present a special 17-day artist intervention in Pasadena’s world-renowned historic landmark. You will experience the Gamble House as never before – through the work and performance of contemporary artists in an exciting variety of forms and media. From night-time lighting shows and a “secret” restaurant, to psychic readings, bedroom conversations, group naps, dance, and installations of paintings, ceramics, wood, and metal, you will find plenty of opportunities both to spark and satisfy your curiosity, using all five of your senses (maybe even a sixth)!

Special artist-led workshops and tours will explore details of the life of the Gamble family, the crafts of letter-writing and embroidery, the technology and craftsmanship of the Gamble House, and even an opportunity to make your own soap (a tribute to the family firm of Procter & Gamble and its famed Ivory soap)!

…take a docent-led one-hour tour of the house or to participate in any of the wide variety of artist-led workshops (additional fees apply). You won’t want to miss this unique moment to visit the Gamble House, when we celebrate the true spirit of the original Arts and Crafts and contemporary Maker movements!

More information and tickets available at each of these websites:




ProjectXDesk_ArmoryCenter1-700x386X-TRA : Contemporary Art Quarterly : The Project X Writer’s Desk at Outpost@Armory in Pasadena, California.

Deadline is August 15, 2014

Project X Foundation and Armory Center for the Arts announce a call for proposals for a writer-in-residence at the Project X Desk at Outpost@Armory in the PAA Gallery at Armory in Pasadena.

The Desk offers a quiet nook for writing and thinking. The purpose of the residency is to offer LA-based and visiting writers a dedicated working space for a particular project or avenue of research, and to provide a forum for sharing that work with the public.

Details and Application Guidelines>

berlinlaunchevent_Kahn-700x504X-TRA and Project X present a Summer Launch event for X-TRA Volume 16, Number 4

The Expansion of the Instant

Hosted by Archive Books, Berlin, Germany

Saturday August 23, 2014 | 7 – 9:30 PM

A discussion about photography, anxiety, and infinity with Kim Schoen, Michaela Wünsch, and Patricia Reed with screening of Stanya Kahn’s It’s Cool I’m Good.

Pick up the summer issue of X-TRA and Cadavere Quotidiano at the event.

unnamedSneak Preview of the Fall X-TRA

In the issue:

X-TRA Fall 2014, Volume 17, number 1

Julia McCornack and Connie Butler | From Painting to Therapeutic Practice: Conversation about Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988

Melissa Ragain | Review: Trent Harris

Jan Tumlir | Review: Miles Coolidge

Vanessa Place| Review: Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe

Stanya Kahn | Artists’ Project: Ciphers for Ciphers

Leslie Dick | On Repetition: Nobody Passes

Constance Mallison | Review: Fran Siegel

Gladys-Katherina Hernando | Review: John Knight

Subscribe now and get the lovely full-color journal in your mailbox next month.


Martine Syms, The Queen's English (image martinesyms.com)

Martine Syms, The Queen’s English (image martinesyms.com)

Big City Forum (BCF) is currently occupying the mezzanine space at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA. They will be curating three Reading Room / Libraries during their 6 month residency, City of Hope, City of Resistance: Research and Actions on the Urban Level, along with a series of coinciding events in the space.

The first of the Reading Room / Library Projects features the work of L.A. based artist Martine Syms, whose exhibition The Queen’s English is on view until August 31st. According to Syms, the exhibition and reading room, “…is inspired by the distribution of information within black feminist communities in the 1970s. Through researching, collecting, archiving, and remembering, the project enacts the ways that knowledge circulates within subcultures, forging an intergenerational dialogue about language and representation.” The exhibition features posters of protest messages, prints of photographs taken by Cat Roif, and a curated library of “pulp paperback novels, biographies, and chapbooks.” 

The Reading Room space is furnished with benches and tables designed by Jeff Cain.


Martine Syms, The Queen’s English (image martinesyms.com)


Martine Syms, The Queen's English (image martinesyms.com)

Martine Syms, The Queen’s English (image martinesyms.com)


Martine Syms, The Queen's English (image martinesyms.com)

Martine Syms, The Queen’s English (image martinesyms.com)


Jeff Cain

Jeff Cain