Gallery Hours: Fridays 2-6 PM
Saturdays & Sundays 1-5 PM
Admission is always free.

Big City Forum 

Big City Forum (BCF) occupied the Armory's Mezzanine Galleries during Phase II of its 15-month residency, entitled City of Hope, City of Resistance: Research and Actions on the Urban Level. With the Armory as a host venue, BCF designed and built a dynamic reading room/library in the Armory's Mezzanine Galleries. The reading room/library served as a site to present three exhibitions, conduct film screenings, and hold a series of conversations, workshops, and other discursive public events. Big City Forum’s residency at the Armory was supported with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Past BCF Events

Karin Apollonia Müller: World’s Edge

September 27, 2014 – August 31, 2015
At Roadside Attraction
450 West Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

An outdoor exhibition featuring three photographic works by German artist Müller.




November 1 – December 13, 2014
In The Mezzanine Galleries

Attunement pays tribute to artists who function on multiple frequencies.


Book Launch, Conversation, and Creative Time Summit Screening

November 22, 2014, 12 - 5pm
In The Mezzanine Galleries

Book launch of Under Spring: Voices + Art + Los Angeles by Jeremy Rosenberg. Rosenberg will be in conversation with Adolfo V. Nodal starting at 2pm. In addition, selected presentations from the recorded 2014 Creative Time Summit, held in Stockholm, Sweden on November 14-15th, will be screened throughout the day from 12-5pm.



Claret-Cup: IDLA,
tales of deliberate localism

September 6 – October 26, 2014
In The Mezzanine Galleries

An interactive exhibit exploring how maps can communicate and express concepts beyond the physical skeleton of Los Angeles.



Rosten Woo
Willowbrook Is...

September 6 – October 26, 2014
In The Mezzanine Galleries

Artist Rosten Woo attempts to describe a place in LA County through interviews and interactions with residents of Willowbrook.



In Conversation: Connie Samaras and Soo Kim

October 1, 2014, 7pm
733 North Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena CA 91103

The artists discuss the theme of curiosity and a changing landscape.



Unforgetting L.A. #5:
Armory Center for the Arts

September 6, 2014, 11am – 4pm
In The Armory's Main Studio

The fifth of an ongoing series of East of Borneo's Wikipedia edit-a-thons created to build a better online history of art in Southern California.



Big City Forum Panel Discussion:
Local Threads / Larger Intersections

September 6 , 2014, 4 – 6pm
In the Mezzanine Galleries

Featuring Bojana Banyasz of Claret-Cup and artist Rosten Woo.



Big City Forum Panel Discussion:
Print Culture, Criticality, Engagement

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 4 – 6pm
In The Mezzanine Galleries

Featuring Kate Johnston (Creative Director of Women's Center for Creative Work), artist Martine Syms, and Lauren Mackler of Public Fiction.



Martine Syms
The Queen's English

July 13 – August 31, 2014
In the Mezzanine Galleries

New work from Syms, a selection of books from Black Lesbians, and a series of prints made in collaboration with photographer Cat Roif.




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