"Burning microbus will welcome 'Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA' to Inland Empire art scene," by David Allen, Daily Bulletin
This weekend will be the Inland Empire’s turn in the arts spotlight, as Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA shows in local museums and arts centers will offer free admission and special events. Are we ready for our close-up?
We might be. One of the events is a controlled burn of a replica vehicle in a public plaza. Nothing says “909” quite like pyromania.
The weekend is designed to whip up excitement locally and entice arts mavens from out of the area to visit and make a day of it.
“We felt like Riverside, Claremont and Pomona were all doable in one weekend,” Beth Ann Gerstein, executive director of the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, told me. “If you’re coming out, you can easily do us all in one day.”
The 80 or so PST shows, which highlight Latin American and Latino art, are taking place from Santa Barbara to San Diego. There are 11 in inland cities. I visited the nearest eight, running out of time and fortitude to get to Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage. But here are capsule summaries of the ones I saw.
People will gather at the college’s Bixby Plaza at 7 p.m. Saturday to witness the destruction of a full-sized Mexican-style microbus that have been part of the Pomona College Museum of Art’s “Prometheus 2017: Four Artists From Mexico Revisit Orozco” show. Mexico City artist Adela Goldbard made the piece as a reminder of the workaday vehicle’s use in protests, where it has been set in a roadway and torched to block drug cartel access.
The papier mache microbus and associated cacti will be moved to the plaza, where ground-level pyrotechnics will explode them amid sound and lighting effects. Afterward, if they’re not too shaken, viewers can repair to Frary Dining Hall for a reception near Jose Clemente Orozco’s “Prometheus” mural.
330 N. College Ave., Claremont; open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday and until 11 p.m. Thursdays in November; free admission; show on view through Dec. 16.