Armory Center for the Arts

Armory Center for the Arts Founded in 1989, Pasadena's Armory Center for the Arts is a national leader in contemporary art exhibitions and community-based art education.
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Exhibition Hours: 12:00 to 5:00 PM (closed Tuesdays and holidays) Admission is always free. Please note: galleries are closed between exhibitions up to three times per year. Visit www.armoryarts.org/current to consult our exhibition schedule before your visit. -------------------------- Administrative Hours: Mondays through Fridays 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Mission: Armory Center for the Arts builds on the power of art to transform lives and communities through creating, teaching, and presenting the arts.

This Saturday: In conjunction with her current exhibition in our Community Room, please join artist and Holocaust surviv...
01/23/2020

This Saturday: In conjunction with her current exhibition in our Community Room, please join artist and Holocaust survivor Trudie Strobel along with author Jody Savin on January 25 from 5:00 to 6:45 PM for the first public discussion of Savin's forthcoming book "Stitched & Sewn: The Life-Saving Art of Trudie Strobel." This dramatic story of how a needle and thread saved Strobel’s life twice features stunning images of Strobel’s artwork by photographer Ann Elliott Cutting. Advanced copies of the book will be available for sale at the event. This event takes is free and open to everyone. Immediately following the book discussion, attendees are invited to visit nearby Pasadena City Hall where the Jewish Federation of San Gabriel Valley and Pomona Valleys will present Every Person Has a Name. The program begins at 7:00 PM with a commemoration ceremony. Immediately following, the names of those who perished during the Holocaust will be read aloud during a 24-hour vigil. Every Person Has a Name coincides with the United Nation's International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz death camp's liberation by Soviet forces.
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Administrative offices will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, January 21. Armory galleries are currently closed...
01/20/2020

Administrative offices will resume regular operating hours on Tuesday, January 21. Armory galleries are currently closed for installation. Join us for the opening reception of our spring exhibitions on Saturday, February 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

#TBT - Tanya Aguiñiga first exhibited at the Armory in "Home Away," a 2013 group exhibition curated by Kris Kuramitsu. T...
01/17/2020

#TBT - Tanya Aguiñiga first exhibited at the Armory in "Home Away," a 2013 group exhibition curated by Kris Kuramitsu. The felted body suit Tanya exhibited in "Home Away" will return next month when her highly anticipated solo Armory exhibition "Borderlands Within" opens February 9. The suit was part of Tanya's 2012 project "Performance Crafting: Felt Me," which was about the "artist as object." Tanya explains that the project expanded upon her process to "include more community-based work in a very personal way that is still related to my own work. It was based in the techniques that I am best known for (felting) and applying it to my own body to experience what my pieces go though. It was also a means to connect the people that support my work with hand-worked processes while forming a deeper connection with me. The result was us as a group forming a deeper bond through me having to trust them to make a work that represents me very literally, and through sharing a very intimate experience." See for yourself and join us at the exhibition's opening reception on Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
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Images 1 through 4:
Process shots from "Felt Me," courtesy of the artist. Images have been cropped to accommodate social media presentation.
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Final Image:
Installation shot of the finished piece from Tanya Aguiñiga's "Felt Me" project from the Armory 2013 exhibition "Home Away." Courtesy of the Armory.
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#ComingSoon #ArtOpening #TanyaAguiniga #Felting #ContemporaryCraft #OnlyInOldPas #Pasadena #ArmoryArts #ArmoryExhibitions @ Pasadena, California

Next Saturday: In conjunction with her current exhibition in our Community Room, please join artist and Holocaust surviv...
01/16/2020

Next Saturday: In conjunction with her current exhibition in our Community Room, please join artist and Holocaust survivor Trudie Strobel along with author Jody Savin on January 25 from 5:00 to 6:45 PM for the first public discussion of Savin's forthcoming book "Stitched & Sewn: The Life-Saving Art of Trudie Strobel." This dramatic story of how a needle and thread saved Strobel’s life twice features stunning images of Strobel’s artwork by photographer Ann Elliott Cutting. Advanced copies of the book will be available for sale. Immediately following, attendees are invited to visit nearby Pasadena City Hall where the Jewish Federation of San Gabriel Valley and Pomona Valleys will present “Every Person Has a Name.” The program begins at 7:00 PM with a commemoration ceremony. Immediately following, the names of those who perished during the Holocaust will be read aloud during a 24-hour vigil. “Every Person Has a Name” coincides with the United Nation's International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz death camp's liberation by Soviet forces.
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#alifeintapestry #trudiestrobel #tapestry #judaism #thepowerofexpression #art #holocaustsurvivor #survivor #holocaust #neveragain #joinus #exhibition #stitching #healing #tolerance #hate #pluralism #acceptance #resistance #love #pasadena #onlyinoldpas #armoryarts

Coming Soon! Join us on Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for the opening reception of two new solo exhibitions ...
01/15/2020

Coming Soon! Join us on Saturday, February 8 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM for the opening reception of two new solo exhibitions by Tanya Aguiñiga and John Ziqiang Wu. Aguiñiga’s "Borderlands Within" highlights her long-standing commitment to thoughtful and urgent dialogue on immigration politics, transnational identity, and community activism. Wu’s exhibition entitled "Art Making" explores the spaces that have played a role in his development as an artist, the teachings that inform his role as an educator, and the fluidity of the relationship between student and teacher and personal and institutional space. Visit armoryarts.org/exhibitions to learn more.
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First Image:
Tanya Aguiñiga, "America’s Wall" (performance photo), 2018. Performed by Tanya Aguiñiga, Jackie Amézquita, Cecilia Brawley, Natalie Godinez, Izabella Sanchez, and Shannen Wallace. Photo by Gina Clyne. Courtesy of the artist. Aguiñiga exhibition has been produced with generous support from the Pasadena Art Alliance.
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Second Image:
John Ziqiang Wu. Image courtesy of the artist.
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#ComingSoon #ArtOpening #TanyaAguiniga #JohnZiqiangWu #OnlyInOldPas #Pasadena #ArmoryArts #ArmoryExhibitions @ Pasadena, California

You already know about our traditional art classes from ceramics to figure drawing, but don't miss the opportunity to en...
01/13/2020

You already know about our traditional art classes from ceramics to figure drawing, but don't miss the opportunity to enroll in our unique classes from Teen Drama to Basket Weaving, Video Art to Queer Collage, Organic Dyeing to Creative Writing. Classes begin this week, enroll at armoryarts.org/studio.

Top 10 of 2019! Artillery Magazine just named "Sara Kathryn Arledge: Serene for the Moment" as one of LA's 10 best exhib...
01/09/2020

Top 10 of 2019! Artillery Magazine just named "Sara Kathryn Arledge: Serene for the Moment" as one of LA's 10 best exhibitions of 2019! Thank you so much, Artillery! An under-recognized painter and innovator of mid-20th century experimental cinema, Sara Kathryn Arledge (1911-1998) was a prolific artist from Pasadena who emphasized the eerie in the mundane and the disorienting in the beautiful. She is considered a pioneer of ciné-dance (dance made uniquely by and for the medium of film) and was one of the first to film dance movement to “extend the nature of painting to include time.” The exhibition included over 60 of Arledge's vivid works on paper, seven short films (courtesy of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive), and a selection of hand-painted glass transparencies. The work quietly suggests that subjective, “alternative” normals are equally legitimate. Learn more at armoryarts.org/arledge.
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Second Image:
Sara Kathryn Arledge
Photograph by Margrethe Mather
c. 1931-1932
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Subsequent Images:
"Sara Kathryn Arledge: Serene for the Moment"
Installation photos by Ian Byers-Gamber
2019
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Today we hosted 4th and 5th grade teachers from PUSD's McKinley, Hamilton, Jackson, and Willard elementary schools for a...
01/09/2020

Today we hosted 4th and 5th grade teachers from PUSD's McKinley, Hamilton, Jackson, and Willard elementary schools for a full day of hands-on arts integration training. Made possible by the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, today's free training—led by our fabulous education team—delivered lessons and strategies for making math approachable using the lens of art. The lesson pictured used the concepts of proportion, line, balance, abstraction, color, and "the grid" to create self portraits. In addition to portraiture, the lesson also teaches kids how to mix and match colors, resulting in a color key indicating the fractions, decimals, and percentages of each color used in their portraits. For more info about our professional development opportunities for teachers, visit armoryarts.org/for-teachers.
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Thank you Matthew Stromberg and Hyperallergic for the shout-out today! Read the post and see what's it's all about this ...
01/07/2020
Looking at California and Mexico From Indigenous Perspectives

Thank you Matthew Stromberg and Hyperallergic for the shout-out today! Read the post and see what's it's all about this Sunday as the Queen of California takes a bow at the Armory. It's been such a pleasure hosting all MexiCali Biennial curators and artists over the past several months.

As the MexiCali Biennial comes to a close, artists, scholars, and educators will contemplate the myth of Calafia and “the indigenous land that diverse groups now share.”

Tomorrow Night (Jan. 8) at 7:00 PM, please join us for an "Observational Drawing Session" with artist Fiona Connor. This...
01/07/2020

Tomorrow Night (Jan. 8) at 7:00 PM, please join us for an "Observational Drawing Session" with artist Fiona Connor. This free event is part of the public programing related to our current exhibition Berman Board, a group project with Fiona Connor, Neil Doshi, Michala Paludan, and Gala Porras-Kim. After an introduction to the Berman collection, Connor will guide participants to look, study, and draw the objects under consideration by the Berman Board. Participants will have the option of contributing their drawings to a growing archive that is part of the exhibition. Visit the link in bio or armoryarts.org/bermanboard.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Armory art classes begin next week! Based on our student's various expressions, you can tell that class at the Armory is...
01/06/2020

Armory art classes begin next week! Based on our student's various expressions, you can tell that class at the Armory is never dull. Allow your children to discover art here at the Armory by learning more at armoryarts.org/studio
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#OldPasadena #ArtClass #TeenArt #AdultArtClass #Art #MakeTimeToMakeArt #ArmoryArts #ArtTeachers #PasadenaArtClass #Pasadena #Childhood

Thank you, John ❤️
01/05/2020

Thank you, John ❤️

There's only two weekends left to visit our Fall exhibitions before they close next Sunday, January 12. This weekend, be...
01/04/2020

There's only two weekends left to visit our Fall exhibitions before they close next Sunday, January 12. This weekend, be sure to see "Calafia: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise" in our Caldwell Gallery and "Berman Board" upstairs in our Mezzanine Gallery. Visit link in bio or armoryarts.org/current to learn more. Armory galleries are open daily 12:00 to 5:00 PM (closed Tuesdays). Admission is always free.
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First Image:
Installation photo of "Calafia: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise"
2019
Photo by Ian Byers-Gamber
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Second Image:
Courtesy of Berman Board
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#ThisWeekend #ClosingSoon #MexiCaliBiennial #Pasadena #OnlyInOldPas #ArmoryExhibitions #ArmoryArts

Tucked away in a quiet, cozy corner in the Armory, you can find our teens sketching away. If a calm afternoon and art is...
01/02/2020

Tucked away in a quiet, cozy corner in the Armory, you can find our teens sketching away. If a calm afternoon and art is your idea of a good time, then take a class at the Armory. Learn more at armoryarts.org/studio or link in bio.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"For last year's words belong to last year's language, and next year's words await another voice." — T.S. Eliot.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀...
01/01/2020

"For last year's words belong to last year's language, and next year's words await another voice." — T.S. Eliot.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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From our family to yours, may your 2020 be filled with inspiration, hope, and imagination.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#HappyNewYear #2020 #ArmoryExhibitions #ArmoryArts

12/31/2019

#YearInReview: On this final day of 2019, we'd like to reflect on the most crucial element of this year's success: YOU! We have the distinct honor of working alongside a uniquely supportive community made up of wonderful folks of all ages and all walks of life. You are the reason we do what we do, and we are grateful and hopeful for what 2020 brings. We hope you are, too. From all of us to you and yours, have a very happy, healthy, and creative new year. And, if you are able to do so, please consider making a year-end, tax deductible donation today to support this community of friends that you have built. Please visit the link in bio or armoryarts.org/support to learn more. Thank you!
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#2019 #Gratitude #ItTakesAVillage #HappyNewYear #PowerOfArt #Pasadena #ArmoryArts

12/27/2019

#YearInReview: What an extraordinary year this was for exhibitions at the Armory. From the landmark survey of the late Sara Kathryn Arledge, to the immersive meditation on family by Sandra de la Loza; from the environmental activism of our Copenhagen friends The Winter Office, to the defiantly unapologetic ferocity of Club SCUM; from a spirited group exhibition from the MexiCali Biennial inspired by the mythical Queen of California, to the thoughtful installation by the collaborative think-tank Berman Board, 2019's exhibitions were simultaneously exhilarating, pensive, challenging, and beautiful. Much thanks to all the artists, and much thanks to you for your patronage and support of contemporary art in our community. Armory exhibitions are always free, made possible by support of individuals like you. In these final days of 2019, please consider making a year-end donation today to support what we have in store for you in 2020. Please visit the link in bio or armoryarts.org/support to learn more. Thank you!
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#2019 #Gratitude #ItTakesAVillage #HappyNewYear #PowerOfArt #Pasadena #ArmoryExhibitions #ArmoryArts

12/26/2019

#YearInReview: Today, we'd like to celebrate all the fabulous individuals who made 2019 such a stellar year at the Armory. From our dedicated admin team, to our talented teaching artists; from the selfless volunteers to the generous artists who supported this year's auction; and to all the special guests, trainers, board members, advisors, artists, colleagues, and countless Armory allies... please accept our sincerest thanks for everything you contributed in 2019 to help the Armory transform lives through the power of art. In these final days of 2019, please consider making a year-end donation today to insure that 2020 will shine even brighter. Please visit the link in bio or armoryarts.org/support to learn more. Thank you!
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#2019 #Gratitude #ItTakesAVillage #HappyNewYear #PowerOfArt #Pasadena #ArmoryArts

From all of us at the Armory, warmest wishes to you and yours... and to all, a goodnight!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀.⠀...
12/26/2019

From all of us at the Armory, warmest wishes to you and yours... and to all, a goodnight!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Armory galleries will be closed from December 24 through January 1st. Administrative offices will be closed from Decembe...
12/24/2019

Armory galleries will be closed from December 24 through January 1st. Administrative offices will be closed from December 25 through January 1. Galleries and administrative offices will reopen and resume normal operating hours on Thursday, January 2nd. Best wishes and Happy Holidays from all of us at the Armory!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Do you have art-loving friends or family in town now for the holidays? Be sure to pop by the Armory this weekend to catc...
12/20/2019

Do you have art-loving friends or family in town now for the holidays? Be sure to pop by the Armory this weekend to catch "Calafia: Manifesting the Terrestrial Paradise," on view in our Caldwell Gallery until January 12. Admission is always free. Armory galleries are open 12:00 to 5:00 PM through Monday the 23rd, but will be closed from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day. See link in bio for more info, or visit www.armoryarts.org/exhibitions.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Nonprofit and community-based, the Armory believes that an understanding and appreciation of the arts is essential for a well-rounded human experience and a healthy civic community. Armory exhibitions inspire dialogue around visual culture and contemporary life, contribute to global discourses in contemporary art, and introduce contemporary visual art to Pasadena, Southern California, and beyond. In addition to critically acclaimed exhibitions by contemporary artists, the Armory's exhibitions team produces a broad range of public programs, including artist residencies, forums, screenings, and performances. At the core of the Armory's mission is a deep commitment to social justice through arts education. Every day, Armory Teaching artists transform lives and communities through the power of art. This includes year-round studio art classes for all ages at the center's Old Pasadena facility, plus hundreds of no-cost art classes at schools, parks, libraries, community centers, and juvenile detention centers, both in Pasadena and throughout Southern California. In a 2015 White House ceremony, First Lady Michelle Obama honored the Armory as one of the best after school art programs for teens in America by awarding the organization the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award — an accolade the White House calls the highest honor for after school art programs in the Nation.

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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Our mission is to build on the power of art to transform lives and communities through creating, teaching, and presenting the arts.

Nonprofit and donor-supported, Armory Center for the Arts is the Los Angeles region’s leading independent institution for contemporary art exhibitions and community arts education. The Armory believes that an understanding and appreciation of the arts is essential for a well-rounded human experience and a healthy civic community. We offer art classes to all ages, contemporary art exhibitions, facility rentals, art parties, field trips, arts integrated professional development trainings, and much more.

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