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California Architecture and Design is Newest Feature of Pacific Standard Time

The major cultural initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles 1945–1980 has just announced the latest addition to its SoCal exhibitions that focus on postwar art in California: a competition using Legos and inspired by the exhibits in the collaboration.


For six months from October 2011 to April 2012, more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California have showcased simultaneous exhibitions and programs that include developments from L.A. Pop to post-minimalism; from modernist architecture and design to multi-media installations; from the films of the African-American L.A. Rebellion to the feminist activities of the Woman’s Building; from ceramics to Chicano performance art; and from Japanese-American design to the pioneering work of artists’ collectives.


Now Pacific Standard Time is teaming up with design website and Legos to sponsor a competition inspired by the design and architecture exhibits that are part of the giant initiative. “Design lovers, architects, builders, artists and Lego enthusiasts alike are invited to build an original modern home inspired by California midcentury modern design using Legos, photograph the construction and submit it to between March 1 and 29.”


Lego artists and art and design lovers alike are encouraged to seek inspiration from the Southland’s ongoing exhibitions including Carefree California: Cliff May and the Romance of the Ranch, 1920-1960Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945-1980) at the Chinese American Museum (open through June 3, 2012); California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way” at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)(open through June 3, 2012); Indoor Ecologies: The Evolution of the Eames House Living Room at the Eames House Foundation (open through April 30, 2012); Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982 at the Palm Springs Art Museum (open through May 27, 2012).


Whether or not you’re an artist or Lego fiend yourself, checking out the exhibits are a great way to learn about Southern California’s artistic history and maybe even pick up some design tips for your own space. If you always wanted to be a Lego architect, more details about the competition can be found at


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