Notes on Looking, October 18, 2010

Map of EPMoA project titled "Diversions" curated by Akina Cox. June of 2010. Link to project blog.

Map of EPMoA project titled "Diversions" curated by Akina Cox. June of 2010. Link to project blog.

I had an interesting talk with Paul Pescador about the Elysian Park Museum of Art. Which, btw is the focus of an exhibition and a series of participation opportunities at LACE. 4 days later I talked with Solomon Bothwell about The Public School. By performing a little interpretive google mixography I find that EPMoA has been a proposed class at the LA branch of Public School, may indeed have been proposed by Luke Fischbeck, and incorporates such “tags” as barbecue, baseball, curation, earth art, ecology, installation art, institutional critique, landscape design, museum, outdoors, park, participation, performance art, public art, reading, site specificity, urban planning . Many are the fascinating strands to follow.

EPMoA project image pulled from Facebook. I don't know the specifics for this picture. Probably it's the totem pole linked and mentioned below. Link to EPMoA site.

EPMoA project image pulled from Facebook. I don't know the specifics for this picture. Probably it's the totem pole linked and mentioned below. Link to EPMoA site.

Elysian Park Monument #1 Joseph Imhauser. Link to Imhauser's website.

Elysian Park Monument #1 Joseph Imhauser. Link to Imhauser's website.

EPMoA Visitor Center as installed at LACE. Link to LACE.

EPMoA Visitor Center as installed at LACE. Link to LACE.

A few facts first. The Elysian Park Museum of Art was initiated in October 2009 as a series of performances, installations and interventions taking place in the 600 acres of Elysian Park. These acts would be open to the public and announced as such but would, owing to the nature of the project – usually requiring some sort of participation, walking out of doors, visiting the park itself – would be likely to attract modest crowds. Any interventions or lasting installations would of course be available for viewing or participation by the public but they would not be tagged as museum exhibits. Rather, anything noticed by anyone would be understood – well, freely. Without the kind of direction / explanation we may find in a wall tag or marker. See Public School proposal by Fischbeck here. See proposed syllabus by Pescador here.

Two are the books pictured and both from the museum under discussion. While neither may be available for download others are. Follow link and scroll way down to download your own EPMoA texts!

Two are the books pictured and both from the museum under discussion. While neither may be available for download others are. Follow link and scroll way down to download your own EPMoA texts!

Over the course of the last year EPMoA invited members of the class to each propose, develop and mount a curatorial project for the museum. This is where the self-limiting nature of participation comes in: many of us by nature are observers rather than actors in most of the plays we encounter. I guess I could say “play” rather than “plays” since even when something is all about fun it’s much easier to watch than take action. But I digress. Maybe.

Another event image grabbed from Facebook. Mystery totem pole, mystery added to by the eastsiderla.com

Another event image grabbed from Facebook. Mystery totem pole, mystery added to by the eastsiderla.com

Pescador spoke of the exhibition at LACE as commemorative, although he left open the possibility of future EPMoA projects. Meaning beyond the several scheduled in conjunction with the show. I get the feeling that the off-the-radar (or evanescent) nature of the past EPMoA projects functions well for Pescador. At least that’s what I heard as he spoke. My own prejudices may be at work here. Experience is limited to those who share it. That we regret missing what we hear about after the fact shouldn’t make us try to hammer down exactly what took place. We probably don’t need more and better documentation and recordings and ephemera and photographs and relics. We maybe need to pay attention and be active partners more often. (Wow. I so hate it when I’m preachy…)

Were we speaking of things we miss? We both missed this! This and below images of Scavenger Hunt from Gilda Davidian's posts to EPMoA event page on fb. Link to Davidian's website.

Were we speaking of things we miss? We both missed this! This and below images of Scavenger Hunt from Gilda Davidian's posts to EPMoA event page on fb. Link to Davidian's website.

As above

As above

I’m going to guess that several of the Vimeo posts on Akina Cox’s page may be Elysian Park Museum related. Here goes: Magical Hat thirteen minutes of birdsong, park views and yes – a magical hat; Spirit Transportation Device 23 seconds of inspired motion.

Another mystery. This one of treehouses. Link to LA Times article by Kate Linthicum related to EPMoA.

Another mystery. This one of treehouses. Link to LA Times article by Kate Linthicum related to EPMoA.

More fun that you usually get to have on a blog. Link to LA Weekly article by Diana Wagman about pictured object.

More fun that you usually get to have on a blog. Link to LA Weekly article by Diana Wagman about pictured object.

So my friends, go to LACE – check the calendar for upcoming events – don’t crave history, make the future.

Cheers.

Oh! Solomon Bothwell. He inadvertently got me going on this post, he and Paul Pescador. Pescador link here. Pic of and link to Bothwell below.  Enjoy!

Solomon Bothwell. Carrier of yarn-flower, member of Public School, graduate of UC Santa Cruz. Link to ssbothwell.com. It's gotta be Solomon's site!

Solomon Bothwell. Carrier of yarn-flower, member of Public School, graduate of UC Santa Cruz. Link to ssbothwell.com. It's gotta be Solomon's site!

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