Performance at Pomona

Performance at Pomona

In conjunction with the “It Happened at Pomona” exhibition and as part of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, “Performance at Pomona” consists of a series of three performance pieces by artists represented in each of the three segments of the exhibition.

Preparation F, a 1971 performance by John White
John White staged two performances in 1971 at Pomona College at the invitation of Helene Winer: Preparation F and Wooded Path. White has made a significant contribution to California art for more than four decades as an innovative and highly respected performance artist, accomplished painter, sculptor, and teacher. The night of the performance in 1971, the football team entered the site in street clothes, carrying their uniforms. They then proceeded to undress, then dress again in their football uniform, and scrimmage in the gallery. This historic performance will be re-created at Pomona, in Memorial Gym.

A Butterfly for Pomona, a new pyrotechnic performance by Judy Chicago
This new pyrotechnic performance by Judy Chicago is inspired by her 1970 Atmosphere performance at Pomona College. This new work returns to the series of environmental/performance works, called Atmospheres, that she staged around California between 1969 and 1974. These works combined commercial fireworks and road flares in ephemeral “paintings” of colored smoke that hovered and dissipated in air currents. Chicago explained the work as a way to soften and feminize the environment. These works may be seen as a bridge between earlier conceptual minimalist work and her later socio-political figurative work.

Burning Bridges, a recreation of JamesTurrell's 1971 flare performance
This event recreates James Turrell’s 1971 flare performance. In 1971, he staged Burning Bridges, a work utilizing highway flares in and around the arcaded façade of Bridges Auditorium, the central building on Marston Quad at Pomona College. At dusk, students (who were already in place in the alcoves) lit orange flares simultaneously. Almost immediately, the building was aglow with a brilliant orange hazy light and smoke.

“Performance at Pomona” is free and open to the public. An information booth will be hosted from 3-7 p.m. in the Pomona College Museum of Art. Free parking is available in Pomona College campus lots and street parking along Bonita Avenue and College Avenue. Handicapped parking is available on 4th Street near Bridges Auditorium.  Food provided by Pomona College Catering will be available for purchase along Stover Walknear Marston Quad. Please call 909-621-8283 for more information.
 
“Performance at Pomona” is generously supported by The Getty Foundation and the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation.

5:00 PM: Preparation F, a 1971 performance by John White involving the Pomona College football team (Memorial Gymnasium, Rains Center).
6:00 PM: A Butterfly for Pomona, a new pyrotechnic performance by Judy Chicago (Merritt Football Field), based on her Atmosphere performances of the early 1970s.
6:45 PM: Burning Bridges, a recreation of JamesTurrell's 1971 flare performance (Bridges Auditorium).