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LA Explodes with Art Events This Weekend

Pasadena Museum of California Art participates in PST (Image: 'My Lai,' 1968, Hans Burkhardt. Oil assemblage with skulls on canvas. 77 x 115 in. Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles. © Hans G and Thordis W. Burkhardt Foundation.)
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Art abounds in LA this first weekend in October. There are so many events going on that it's enough to make your head spin. But we've come up with a short list to help you navigate the artsy waters. No one can say that LA's a cultural wasteland, devoid of artistic merit—at least this weekend!

It's been hard to escape all the publicity surrounding the behemoth Pacific Standard Time, but the collaborative project from more than 60 cultural institutions and museums throughout Southern California officially launches this weekend. PST celebrates the LA art scene and major art movements from 1945 to 1980.

On Sunday, as part of Pacific Standard Time festivities, major SoCal museums will be offering free admission including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Hammer Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. There will also be free shuttle service between various participating institutions.

SoundWalk is an ear-oriented art event takes place in the LBC on Saturday from 5-10 pm. Produced by the artist group, FLOOD, SoundWalk is described as a "five-hour audioscopic experience" with sound art installations in both indoor and outdoor spaces as in Downtown Long Beach. The artwork combines, in multiple ways, a wide range of media as well as other interplayful sensory elements. There are sculptures, environments, installations, both interactive and passive, as well as scheduled performances.

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Art Platform-Los Angeles opens today and runs through Monday. The art fair will feature approximately 75 galleries taking over 50,000 square feet of the L.A. Mart building in DTLA. The art fair will demonstrate LA's position of influence within the contemporary art world. The fair is capitalizing on PST's opening weekend and also emphasizing art made in LA. Tickets: $10-$20 with weekend passes available.

Pulse Los Angeles makes its debut this weekend, beginning today and running through Monday. Held at the Event Deck at L.A. LIVE, the LA edition adds to the Pulse roster of cities (Miami and New York), bringing together 60 exhibitors from Asia, Europe and the Americas in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Galleries expected include: Tel Aviv’s Zemack Contemporary Art, Mexico City’s ANTENA ESTUDIO, Habana’s Factoría, and Tokyo’s MEGUMI OGITA GALLERY; along with leading New York galleries such as Mixed Greens, P•P•O•W, SCHROEDER ROMERO & SHREDDER and Von Lintel Gallery. Admission: $15-$20.