A record number of cultural offerings will be open and free during ArtNight Pasadena on Friday, March 9, from 6 to 10 p.m., including a rich sampling of quality art, artifacts, dance and music.
Among the happenings of 22 organizations will be an interactive installation by JPL’s visual strategist, the 100th birthday celebration of collector Norton Simon and two bands playing in the Pasadena Jazz Institute’s new digs.
Collaborating institutions for this semi-annual event, with free shuttle service, are Armory Center for the Arts, Armory Northwest, Williamson Gallery of Art Center College of Design, Metro Gallery, Norton Simon Museum of Art, One Colorado, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Pasadena Jazz Institute, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena Symphony, and Boston Court Performing Arts Complex.
Pasadena Society of Artists, Lineage Dance and Crown City Chamber Players will also participate by partnering with larger institutions.
The main shuttle stop is at Armory Center, which is on Raymond Avenue near Holly Street and the Memorial Park Station of the Metro Gold Line. Taking Metro Gold Line is encouraged, or participants can park at any venue and ride free shuttles to other sites.
The seventeenth ArtNight is an ongoing partnership among many cultural institutions and the Cultural Affairs Division of the city of Pasadena and is sponsored by Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission.
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ArtNight exhibitions and presentations:
Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
“Off the Wall/Silent Art Auction 2007”
More than 90 works of art by Southern California contemporary artists are included in this exhibition. Because this is a silent auction, visitors can bid on artworks at any time. Final bidding will be at the Armory's Off the Wall benefit Saturday, March 10, 7 to 11 p.m. Also, classical and folk Arabic music performed by Pasadena-based ensemble Kan Zaman, 8 p.m.
965 North Fair Oaks Avenue
“Darkness & Light”
This juried exhibition includes art installation, video, sculpture, painting and photography by 12 Southern California artists. The works focus on change in value--colors from black to white--and the psychological or emotive qualities light and darkness give to works of art.
Art Center College of Design
Hillside Campus, Williamson/Student Galleries
1700 Lida St.
“reGeneration: 50 Photographers of Tomorrow”
In the Williamson Gallery, reGeneration looks at photography in the twenty-first century, and probes its changing relationship to the pictorial traditions and photographic technologies of the past. Also, experience the future of art and design innovation in the college’s Student Gallery. Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra performs from 7 to 9 p.m.
Boston Court Performing Arts Complex
70 N. Mentor Ave.
Boston Court hosts Zebulon Projects’ evening of live entertainment with an olio of jazz, blues, folk, classical guitar, a capella doo wop, spoken word presentations, song, true life tales, fairy tales and tall tales. Classical to modern day music and theatre, interactive and traditional entertainment.
Metro Gallery of Light Bringer Project
64 N. Raymond Ave.
Mentors at Metro, an exhibition in a unique space featuring artwork from faculty and students of the Art Department at Cal Poly Pomona University. The collaborative show includes sculpture, painting, mixed media and digital work of 32 faculty and students. Refreshments will be served.
Norton Simon Museum of Art
411 W. Colorado Blvd.
“Centennial Celebration: The Life of Norton Simon”
Pairing informative text with rarely seen photographs from the Museum’s archive, “A Centennial Celebration” explores Simon’s many accomplishments in the business and art world. Other attractions include guided tours and the last chance to view the exhibition “The Collectible Moment: Photographs in the Norton Simon Museum,” closing March 12!
In the Courtyard
Videos by four contemporary artists including Brian Bress and Silvia Gruner are on view as part of Armory DigitalForum.
Pacific Asia Museum
46 N. Los Robles Ave.
“Jade, Silk and Porcelain: The Materials of Asian Art”
Enjoy exquisite natural beauty in the debut of this exhibition, go beyond the clichéd image of Shangri-la and reincarnated lamas in “Daily Rituals: Himalayan Art in Practice,” explore an all-new Korean Gallery, and sample gourmet gelato in the gorgeous courtyard garden.
Pasadena Central Library
285 E. Walnut St.
Celebrate with Onochie Chukwurah’s African storytelling, singing and drumming from 6 to 7 p.m.; enjoy Flights of Fantasy folktale story theater at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.; learn to salsa, cha-cha and meringue from 7 to 9 p.m. and listen to musical performances by Crown City Chamber Players. The Coffee Bar will be open.
Pasadena City College
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
In the College Art Gallery a collection of paintings and sculptures of Peter Alexander, known for his beautifully painted skies, water vistas and fetish finish surfaces. Plus, live music, a 32-video-projection, site specific installation exploring movement, action and the struggle for power, and international sculpture in George Boone Sculpture Garden.
Thai food and a variety of tea will be available for purchase.
Pasadena Conservatory of Music
100 N. Hill Ave.
Experience classic music works in an exciting new way as musicians play music by Chopin, Saint-Saens, Bach and others while artist J. Walt Adamczyk draws with computer interfaces, creating gestural shapes and sequences that move and flow with the music. This exciting new 21st century art form will be performed at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Pasadena Jazz Institute
206 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 206
Jazz concert featuring the music of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie with two world class ensembles playing opposite each other resulting in continuous “swinging” sounds from 6 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the jazz gallery, blue room and Art-Night After Party from 10 p.m. to midnight featuring the Paul Lines Trio.
Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 E. Union St.
“Dark Metropolis: Irving Norman’s Social Surrealism”
An exhibition of politically charged Surrealist paintings that decry the horrors of war and industrialism. Also, “Dan Goods: The Hidden Light,” a new installation by JPL’s visual strategist; “Collector’s Choice;” “Hanson Puthuff;” performance by Lineage Dance, and on the terrace, DJ set by Soup Kitchen Collective.
Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut St.
“Who Was Sam? The Art of Sam Hyde Harris (1889-1977)” features 250 works by this celebrated Southern California painter and commercial artist who designed for Van de Kamp's Bakeries, Santa Fe Railroad and more. Plus, enjoy art demonstrations, a hands-on workshop and slideshow by Pasadena Society of Artists, and living history with actors portraying Harris and Benjamin Brown.
At Pacific Asia Museum
“Pasadena Symphony is going ‘on tour’--to Pacific Asia Museum!” An ensemble of musicians will perform such Asian traditional and contemporary works as “Sakura” and “Abandoned Castle by Moonlight” specifically selected to enhance the museum experience. Also, Brahms’ “Hungarian Dances” and “Haydn Variations.” Between sets will be information about the works and composers.