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A Call To The Artists of Los Angeles from Mark di Suvero 

Artists' Tower of Protest 
Organized by LA><ART and the Getty Research Institute for the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival 
Curated by Cesar Garcia, LA><ART Senior Curator 


The Artists' Tower of Protest, 1966, designed by Mark di Suvero. The Getty Research Institute, 2005.M.11. Photo by Charles Brittin. 

Originally conceived by the Los Angeles Artists’ Protest Committee and designed by sculptor Mark di Suvero, The Artists' Tower of Protest was erected on a lot on Sunset Blvd. and La Cienega in 1966 as a symbol of collective dissent against the Vietnam War. Surrounded by hundreds of artist-designed panels, The Artists' Tower of Protest will be re-staged in 2012 as a way to reflect on this important historical moment in Los Angeles and to open a dialogue about the role of arts activism today.   

We invite artists to join us in the construction of the Artists' Tower of Protest by making a panel to express your individual dissent. The panels must be  2' x 2', maximum thickness 3/4", waterproof. Grommet holes must be made in each corner in order to facilitate their installation. 
If you intend to make a panel, we ask that you please email confirming your participation. All panels must be received at LA><ART by January 13, 2012 at 6pm. 
Participation is on a first come first serve basis as only a limited number of slots for panels remains. LA><ART reserves the right to refuse the inclusion of any submitted panel. Artists who participate understand that their panel may be destroyed during the existence of the Tower. 
If you have any questions regarding this project please contact Cesar Garcia, LA><ART Senior Curator, at

This project is presented as part of L.A.P.D.
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About L.A.P.D.
L.A.P.D.—LA Public Domain encompasses LA><ART’s public art initiatives with support from ForYourArt. Furthering LA><ART’s mission of bringing new art to new audiences, L.A.P.D. produces and presents artistic and curatorial interventions in experimental contexts. This initiative expands LA><ART’s commitment to artists by providing a platform and support for ambitious and critical public interventions that address diverse audiences and respond directly to the complexities that mold contemporary urban spaces.

About the Pacific Standard Time Public Art and Performance 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. The festival is organized by the Getty Research Institute and LA><ART; support is provided by the Getty Foundation.

About  LA><ART
Founded in 2005, LA><ART is the leading independent non-profit contemporary art space in Los Angeles, committed to the production of experimental exhibitions and public art initiatives. Responding to Los Angeles’ cultural climate, LA><ART produces and presents new work for all audiences and offers the public access to the next generation of artists and curators. LA><ART supports challenging work, reflecting the diversity of the city and stimulates conversations on contemporary art in Los Angeles, fostering dynamic relationships between art, artists, and their audiences. LA><ART has produced and commissioned over 100 projects in its first five years.


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