18th Street Arts Center

February 14, 2011

1639 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404

18th Street’s ARTNIGHT Salutes California’s Contemporary Art
Artists Reception is on Saturday, February 19, 2011 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm

18th Street Arts Center celebrates a “legacy” of Contemporary Art on February 19, 2011 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

In the spirit of the Getty Foundation’s sponsored project, *Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, 18th Street has declared 2011 its “legacy” year. Artists chosen to activate the galleries will create projects to commemorate or pay tribute to California’s influential Contemporary Art Movement. This ArtNight debuts the projects of the first two artists, Richard Newton and Vincent Ramos, to activate 18th Street galleries under 18th Street’s Legacy theme.

In the 18th Street Gallery, Richard Newton‘s project, Have You Seen My Privacy, involves multiple presentations of video, ephemera, and correspondence accompanied by public dialogues with artists active in Southern California from 1960 and onwards. Newton is actively collaborating with younger artists to develop several performances allied with the presentations.

Vincent Ramos is occupying 18th Street’s Project Room with his research-based project, Outsider Art: Others From Elsewhere Doing Something Altogether Different…Sort Of. Ramos’ project looks at works developed in Southern California in the 1960′s by artists who were not from the region, but whose projects informed and influenced the work of local artists. He is developing new works along with constructing a visual timeline of the many disparate pieces from these “outsider” artists.

On this extraordinary February night, 18th Street visitors will witness new and engaging art installations created by 18th Street’s Visiting International Artists, open-artist studios from our Artist-in-Residence, a young artist-driven group art show in the Pasillos I featuring the eclectic art works from the students of Santa Monica College Fine Art Mentor Program; a presentation by Womenfound in the Pasillos II showcasing the artwork of children from the Gongathi Sunitha Shelter in Hyderabad, India; and a delicious toss up of mouth-watering veggie and organic hot dogs from the AsiaDog Food Truck.

At 8:00 p.m. in the Highways Performance Space, visitors will be captivated by the mesmerizing and provocative performance art work of 18th Street’s Visiting South African Artist, MLu Zondi.

18th Street Arts Center is an internationally known alternative arts center whose mission is “to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making.”

Art Night is made possible (in part) by the City of Santa Monica Community Access and Participation (CAP) Grant Program and the Santa Monica Arts Commission.

Gallery hours are Monday–Friday 11am-6pm. 18th Street Arts Center is located at 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, off Olympic Blvd.

For further information, visit online at or call Program Coordinator Ronald Lopez at 310-453-3711 x 103, or email rlopez [​at​]

*Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented collaboration of more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California, coming together to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Initiated through grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time will take place for six months beginning October 2011. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.