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Big City Forum's Socially Engaged Aesthetics on Wednesday, April 4th, at 7pm

Armory Center for the Arts is pleased to again welcome Big City Forum in residence (continuing through June 2012). During its residency at Armory, Big City Forum presents 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, continues to take place on the first Wednesdays of April, May, and June 2012 at 7pm at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, CA.

Socially Engaged Aesthetics

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 7pm

This panel explores how contemporary artists and curators are engaging in public practice within a larger social and political dimension:


  • Dave Hullfish Bailey, an artist whose approach to investigating sites is focused upon how geography, physical infrastructure and social narratives of emancipation intersect in specific places.
  • Liz Glynn, an artist who often looks to historical narratives and artifacts to kindle in-depth reflections on the present moment.
  • Ashley Hunt, an artist and activist who uses video, photography, mapping and writing to engage social movements, modes of learning and public discourse about power structures.
  • Aandrea Stang, the Senior Education Program Manager for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and organizer of ENGAGEMENT PARTY, a series of interventions by local artist collectives at MOCA.
  • Aram Moshayedi (Moderator), Assistant Curator of the Gallery at REDCAT and a doctoral candidate in the department of art history at the University of Southern California.


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

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