Since 1924, the Chinese-inspiried building at 46 N. Los Robles Avenue in Pasadena has been a Southern California landmark and a focal point of Pasadena's cultural life. It has housed a succession of institutions that introduced the region to an unparalleled variety of art. Between 1945 and 1969, it was home to the Pasadena Art Museum, one of the most important museums for modern and contemporary art in the United States. 46 N. Los Robles: A History of the Pasadena Art Museum will, for the first time, trace the entire development of the Pasadena Art Museum, focusing on its years in the Grace Nicholson Building on North Los Robles Avenue, currently the home of Pacific Asia Museum. The exhibition will present more than 40 important modern and contemporary works shown at the Pasadena Art Museum in its groundbreaking exhibitions, including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and documentation of performances. It will also feature installations photographs of the exhibitions and audio and video interviews with Pasadena Art Museum directors, curators, artists, and board members looking back at this extraordinary institution and time.
Guest curated by Jay Belloli, as part of the Getty Pacific Standard Time initiative and supported by Bank of America, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Pasadena Art Alliance.