John Baldessari’s disembodied head follows a distressed, (initially) art-hating Jason Schwartzman around Los Angeles in celebration of Pacific Standard Time, a massive celebration of every major LA art movement from 1945 to 1980 that is literally taking place in every big art space around Southern California.
If you’re looking for recommendations to narrow your PST search, my favorite art collective ever, ASCO, is having a retrospective at LACMA, and my friend’s mom is in Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 at the Hammer, which may include a mother/daughter performance at some point, so you should really check those out. If you’re unfamiliar with ASCO, whose name means nausea in Spanish, they were a collective of Mexican-American performance/installation/etc artists who are probably best known for their piece Spray Paint LACMA, which only exists as a single photograph of Patssi Valdez standing over a white wall of the museum with the names of all of the members spray painted on it. This was a direct response to a LACMA curator telling Harry Gamboa, Jr. that LACMA did not collect or exhibit Chicano art because Chicanos didn’t make fine art; they only make folk art or are in gangs. Booya. And I feel like it’s a similar, LA-doesn’t-make-art-it-makes-movies idea that everyone outside of LA had while LA-based artists were busy making some incredible, boundary-testing work that Pacific Standard Time is celebrating, so pre-game with this video, then go to the closest museum and gallery and join the party.