In a stunning video by Molly Butler, American actor Jason Schwartzman celebrates artist John Baldessari. Schwartzman has made his name in quirky indie films like The Darjeeling Limited, Funny People and I Heart Huckabees stars in a typically funny and surreal short film where Baldessari stalks him until he gives up and gets a lesson in art. The film is part of a series of famous names sharing their art design creative peers for ‘Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980’, an art scene collaboration in Southern California.


‘Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980’ is a collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together for six months to tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a major new force in the art world. Each institution will make its own contribution to this grand-scale story of artistic innovation and social change, told through a multitude of simultaneous exhibitions and programs.

Exploring and celebrating the significance of the crucial post-World War II years through the tumultuous period of the 1960s and 70s, Pacific Standard Time encompasses developments from L.A. Pop to post-minimalism; from modernist architecture and design to multi-media installations; from the films of the African American L.A. Rebellion to the feminist activities of the Woman’s Building; from ceramics to Chicano performance art; and from Japanese American design to the pioneering work of artists’ collectives.

Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980 is on now in Southern California until March 2012.