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Armory welcomes Big City Forum in residence. First panel Discussion on March 7th.

Armory welcomes Big City Forum in residence.

First of four panel discussions, entitled Fast Forward: Los Angeles on the Verge, to take place on Wednesday, March 7th, at 7pm.

Armory Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome Big City Forum in residence starting immediately and extending through June 2012.  During its residency at Armory, Big City Forum will present Mapping LA, a series of four discursive events that will feature speakers from a similar creative practice.  Each event will feature a panel of speakers who share a specific creative practice, which will provide the framework for a lively discussion around livability, sustainability, community, and the politics of place in Los Angeles.  The entire series, which is free and open to the public, will take place on the first Wednesday of March, April, May, and June 2012 at 7pm at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA.

Fast Forward: Los Angeles on the Verge

Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 7pm

This panel explores new directions for urban planning and architecture with the following Los Angeles-based architects, theorists, and planners:

  • Dana Cuff, Director of cityLAB, a think tank within UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design.
  • Roger Sherman, Co-Director, cityLAB; principal, Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design.
  • Jessica Varner, Co-Editor, No More Play (Hatje Cantz, pub.); founder, SmallerLarge, a publications studio focused on ideas about architecture, urban studies, art, and culture.
  • Edward Soja, postmodern political geographer and urban planner; Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA; Visiting Professor, London School of Economics.
  • Linda Taalman, Principal, TaalmanKoch Architecture; Assistant Professor of Architecture, Woodbury University.
  • Ava Bromberg (Moderator), Project Director, Atwater Crossing (ATX); Doctoral Candidate, School of Urban Planning, UCLA.


About Big City Forum

Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project that facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that provide access to forward-thinking creative projects.  As an incubator of ideas and a generator for creative capital, it promotes the arts and imagination as powerful tools for community and civic transformation.  In addition it seeks new ways to map and understand what acts of imagination mean to people and places.  By bringing together creative visionaries and community/civic leaders, Big City Forum aims to build a platform for collaboration and partnerships that promote a more active sense of cultural vitality and engagement. 

On display at the Armory

The Armory’s lead exhibition, Accidents in Abstract Painting, the Armory, is a solo exhibition by Richard Jackson.  It will feature the detritus and video documentation of an epic outdoor spectacle in which the artist crashed a 15’ model military jet, filled with paint, into a 19’ wall that read “accidents in abstract painting.”  Also on display will be Jackson’s installation The War Room (2006-‘07), until now exhibited only once, and never in the Los Angeles area. By exhibiting the two installations side by side, Jackson reflects upon the Pasadena Armory's history as a repository for military accoutrements, confronting its current function as a contemporary arts center.  The exhibition will be up though 12 June.

Also on display will be DANCE, OPERA, DRAW, an exhibition of a new work by Jocelyn Foye in the Armory’s Mezzanine East gallery and Please Please Please, recent photographs, photograms, and text by Nicholas Grider in Mezzanine West.  Both shows run 12 February through 13 May.   The Armory’s Pasadena Art Alliance Gallery will feature Music for Hoarders, video documentation by Dawn Kasper, through 12 June.  In the Community Room will be a group show entitled Fantastic Scenarios of new work by students from the Entertainment Design department at Art Center College of Design, from 12 February through 15 April.  

About the Armory

The Armory Center for the Arts, in Pasadena, California, believes that an understanding and appreciation of the arts is essential for a well-rounded human experience and a healthy civic community.  Founded in 1989, the Armory builds on the power of art to transform lives and communities through presenting, creating, teaching, and discussing contemporary visual art. The organization’s department of exhibitions mounts over 25 visual arts exhibitions each year at its main facility and in locations throughout the City of Pasadena. In addition, the Armory offers studio art classes and a variety of educational outreach programs to more than fifty schools and community sites. 

Armory Center for the Arts is located at 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena. Gallery hours are Tuesday – Sunday, noon-5pm.  $5 suggested donation. Armory members, students, and seniors are free. The Armory is easily accessible from the Gold Line Memorial Park Station in Pasadena.  For information about Armory exhibitions and events, the public may call 626.792.5101 x122 or visit the Armory website at

Contact: Calvin Phelps, Communications Manager
Phone: (626) 792-5101 x 130


Press Release

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