Baker's Dozen

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© Courtesy of Torrance Art Museum
© Courtesy of the Artist and Torrance Art Museum
© Courtesy of the Artist and Torrance Art Museum
Baker's Dozen
Curated by: Max Presneill

3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
September 18th, 2010 - November 6th, 2010
Opening: September 18th, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

beach cities/south bay
(310) 618-6340
Tues-Sat 11-5
installation, sculpture


Main Gallery and Gallery 2

Baker's Dozen is an annual survey exhibition of 13 artists who reflect the zeitgeist of Los Angeles contemporary art practice.

Origin of the term "baker's dozen":
The oldest known source and most probable origin for the expression "baker's dozen" dates to the 13th century in one of the earliest English statutes, instituted during the reign of Henry III (f. 1216 - 1272), called the Assize of Bread and Ale. Bakers who were found to ahve shortchanged customers could be liable to severe punishment. To guard against the punishment of losing a hand to an axe, a baker would give 13 for the price of 12, to be certain of not being known as a cheat. Specifically, the practice of baking 13 iems for an intended dozen was to prevent "short measure", on the basis that one of the 13 could be lost, eaten, burnt, or ruined in some way, leaving the baker with the original dozen. The practice can be seen in the guild codes of the Worship Company of Bakers in London.

Especially in America, tradition suggests some customers see it as a sign of appreciation from the baker of continued patronage. During the Depression expecially, bakers often gave 13 items to those purchasing an "even dozen", out of generosity and compassion. In societies using 12-base systems, the number 13, as represented by a "longer measure" or "baker's dozen", is seen as auspicious and luck. -edited from Wikipedia.

A catalog for this exhibition is available via with additional critical essays by Los Angeles based critics Andrew Berardini, Shana Nys Dambrot, Calvin Phelps and Jan Tumlir.

For the opening reception -

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