Eleanor Antin’s Before the Revolution explores Antin’s imaginary character Eleanora Antinova, an African American ballerina trying to make it in the great modernist Russian company of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Performed by actors who manipulate Antin’s original life-scale puppets, the play incorporates a vaudeville sensibility into performance art, and represents a daring attempt to consider race and gender in relation to artistic mastery. Antin directs the production along with Robert Castro.
Performance and Public Art Festival
Los Angeles was a key international birthplace of performance art. Engaging the innovative spirit of that period and LA's vibrant contemporary art scene, the Performance and Public Art Festival will transform Southern California over eleven days (January 19-29, 2012) during Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. Featuring more than 30 major performances and large-scale outdoor projects, the festival will include new commissions, reinventions, and restagings inspired by the radical and trailblazing public and performance works that were created by artists during the Pacific Standard Time era. Performances and projects will be located at institutions and sites throughout Southern California, in close proximity to more than two dozen Pacific Standard Time exhibitions.
ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets for assigned seating in the Billy Wilder Theater are required and available at the Box Office one hour before each program. Early arrival is recommended. Tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis. As a benefit for their support, members enjoy priority ticketing and seat selection, subject to availability.
Parking is available under the museum for a flat fee of $3 after 6PM.
Public programs are made possible by Hammer Members and the generosity of Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and an anonymous donor.
Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.
Organized by LA><Art and the Getty Research Institute; support provided by the Getty Foundation.