The Founding of Los Angeles

September 4, 2017—September 4, 2018
Not open to the public

 Main St. in downtown Los Angeles, 1924, courtesy of LAPL

Main St. in downtown Los Angeles, 1924, courtesy of LAPL

Starting on September 4, the anniversary of the founding of the city of Los Angeles, artist Paul Pescador began filming within the lower unrenovated levels of The Main to produce a durational video work. Using studio materials such as puppets, fabric, and everyday materials he will reconstruct elements of the history of Los Angeles from 1781 to present using The Main’s construction site as a backdrop. The end result will be a structuralist narrative video that at its completion will be 236 minutes in length; each minute coinciding with every year since Los Angeles’ founding in chronological order.

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Throughout the video-making process, Pescador will be documenting various stages of the work.

 Paul Pescador
 Paul Pescador in The Main's basement


Paul Pescador is an artist, filmmaker and writer working in Los Angeles, with an MFA from University of California, Irvine and a BA from University of Southern California. He produces abstract narratives that incorporate his own personal experiences: ranging from banal conversations and quarrels to more serious trauma and injury. Recent projects include: Coastal/Borders, Getty Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA at Angels Gate Cultural Center (2017); LAND at The Gamble House, Pasadena (2016); Vacancy, Los Angeles (2016); PSSST, Los Angeles (2016); Ashes/Ashes, Los Angeles (2016); Park View, Los Angeles (2014); Anthony Greaney, Boston (2013); the Vista Theater, Los Angeles (2012); and Human Resources, Los Angeles (2011). Recent performances include: Machine Projects, Los Angeles; (2016); (2017, 2016); Los Angeles Contemporary Archives (2016); Performa 2015; Colony, New York (2015); metro pcs (2015); UC Berkeley: Durham Studio Theater (2015); PAM, Los Angeles (2015); Sweety’s, Boston (2014); Hammer Museum, with KCHUNG TV, Los Angeles (2014); REDCAT, Los Angeles (2014); Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Los Angeles (2012); and ForYourArt, Los Angeles (2012). His full collection of writing CRUSHES:A NOVELLA was released by Econo Textual Objects in Spring 2017.