I was asked to create this list for something that never happened, but I thought I’d post it here for people who might be interested. Most of the info came from High Performance magazine. Names in parentheses are those of the founders, as far as I know. Pardon mistakes and omissions. Let me hear about additions, corrections. -LFB, 8/2014

Artspaces/performance spaces/alternative spaces — run by artists

Al’s Bar, 305 S. Hewitt, downtown L.A. 90013; 1979-2001 (Marc Kreisel)

American Hotel and American Gallery, 303 S. Hewitt, downtown L.A. 90013; 1979-2001 as an art venue (Marc Kreisel)

Another Planet, outdoors, Wall & Boyd, downtown L.A 90013; 1988 only (Clyde Casey)

BC Space, 235 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach 92651; 1973-present (Mark Chamberlain and Jerry Burchfield)

Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Blvd., Venice 90291; 1968-present (George Drewery Smith)

Boyd Street Theater, Wall & Boyd, downtown L.A. 90013; 1981-1988 (Scott Kelman)

Cam & Wally’s Galleria by the Water,2140 E. 7th Pl., downtown L.A. 90021; 1981-1986 (Cam Slocum and Walter Lab)

CLOSE Radio, KPFK Radio Station, 90.7 FM, 3729 Cahuenga Blvd. W., North Hollywood 91604; 1976-1979 (Paul McCarthy, John Duncan, Nancy Buchanan, Paul Vangelisti)

Contemporary Arts Forum, 7 W. De La Guerra, Santa Barbara 93101; 1976-present (founded by a group of artists)

Continuum, f. 1967, 8970 Ellis Ave, L.A. 90065; 1967-1990. Moved to 1629 18th St., Santa Monica 90404, 1990-present (Emilie Conrad)

Downtown Gallery, 560 S. Main Street, downtown LA 90013; 1984-1986 (S. Frank Rozasy, Stephanie Snyder)

Double Rocking G Gallery, 652 Mateo St., downtown L.A. 90021; dates? (George Landry & George Yasuda)

Espace DBD, 2847 S. Robertson, L.A. 90034; showed performance 1980-1983 (Rachel Rosenthal)

Exile, 116 Winston St., downtown L.A. 90013; 1981-1983 (Gary Worrell, Dennis Goddard, Linda F. Burnham)

EZTV, 8543 Santa Monica Blvd. #11, West Hollywood; 1979. Moved to LACE, 1804 Industrial Ave, downtown L.A. 90021, 1996-2000. Moved to 18th St. Arts Center, Santa Monica; 2000-present. (John Dorr, b.1944-d.1993)

F-Space, Saddleback Industrial Park, 1514-F East Edinger, Santa Ana 92705; 1971-72 (Barbara Smith, Chris Burden, Nancy Buchanan)

I.D.E.A. (Institute for Dance and Experimental Art), 522 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica 90401; 1974-1987 (Claudia Chapline)

Kaos Network, 4343 Leimert Blvd, LA 90008; 1983 -present (Ben Caldwell)

L.A. Artcore, 652 S. Mateo Street, downtown LA 90021; 1979. Later moved and now shows at two locations: Union Center for the Arts, 120 Judge John Aiso Street (San Pedro St. between Temple Blvd. and 1st St.) LA 90012 AND Artcore Brewery Annex, 650 A South Avenue 21, LA Los Angeles, 90031 (Lydia Takeshita)

Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies (LACPS), 3034 Angus Street LA 90039;1974. AND 814 S. Spring St, 3rd Fl, downtown L.A. 90012: 1984. AND 1048 W. 6th St; 1990. AND 6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028; (dates?) (Howard Spector)

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), 240 S. Broadway, downtown L.A. 90012, 1978-1984; moved to 1804 Industrial Ave, downtown L.A. 90021, 1984-mid-‘90s; 6522 Hollywood Blvd., LA 90028. mid-‘90s-present (founded by a group of artists)

Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA), 2020 S. Robertson, L.A.; 1973-1987 (Robert Smith)

Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art Downtown (LAICA Downtown), 815 Traction Ave., L.A. 90013, 1980-1987

Metropolis, 454 Seaton, downtown L.A 90013; 1982-1985 (Lin Osterhage, Monica Gazzo, Violet Hamilton)

Oranges/Sardines Gallery, f. 1978 as 605 East Third Street Gallery, downtown L.A. 90013. Changed name to Oranges/Sardines Gallery and moved to 312-320 Omar Avenue, LA 90013; 1979-1988. Relocated in 2000 as OrangesSardines Window Gallery, 5400 Monte Vista St., L.A. 90042; 2000-present (Ted Waltz and Carol Colin)

Orwell Memorial Performance Space, 240 S. Broadway, LA 90012; 1984 only (Paul McCarthy, Steven Durland, Lin Osterhage, Karen McCarthy)

Raymond Rose Studio, 10 N. Raymond Ave. Pasadena 91103; 1977-79 (Cheri Gaulke, Nancy Angelo, Vanalyne Green, Laurel Klick)

Self-Help Graphics, founded in a garage in East Los Angeles; 1970. Moved to 2111 Brooklyn Ave., LA 90033; 1972. Moved to Cesar Chavez Avenue (formerly Brooklyn Avenue) and Gage Street; 1979. Moved to 1300 East 1st Street in Boyle Heights LA 90063, 20011-present. (Karen Boccalero)

Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), 685 Venice Bl., Venice 90291; 1976-present (Judy Baca, Donna Deitch, Cristina Schlessinger)

Sushi, 852 8th Ave, San Diego 92118; 1980–present (f. Lynne Schuette)

The Floating Wall, 215 N. Broadway, Santa Ana 92701; 1973-1977 (Marsha Bailey)

The Woman’s Building, 743 S. Grandview, LA 90057; 1973. Moved in 1975 to 1727 N. Spring St., L.A. 90012; 1975-1991. (Judy Chicago, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville and Arlene Raven)

Vanguard Gallery, So. state College St., Fullerton; 1974-76. Moved to 1317 W. 7th St., L.A. 90017; 1976-81 (Craig O’Rourke, Terry Roberts, Stephen Sotnick)

Wallenboyd Theater, Wall & Boyd, downtown L.A. 90013; 1981-1988 (Scott Kelman)

Womanhouse, 553 Mariposa Avenue in Hollywood; 30 January – 28 February, 1972) (organized by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro)

Womanspace, West LA; 1972. Moved to Woman’s Bldg.; 1973-74.

ZTZU,2624 W. 7th St., LA 90057; f. 1983-1984 (Michael Mollett & Neal Taylor)


Major presenters/museums where “performance art” happened

Japan America Theater, 244 S. San Pedro St., Little Tokyo

John Anson Ford Theatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood 90068

La Casa de Cultura de Tijuana, H. XIX Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, Baja California, Mex.

La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla 92037

Long Beach Museum of Art, 2300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach 90803

Los Angeles County Art Museum (LACMA), 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.90036

Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Barnsdall Park, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, L.A. 90027

Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 South Grand Avenue, L.A. 90012

Newport Harbor Art Museum, 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach 92660

Taper Too, L.A. (alt space for Mark Taper Forum)

Temporary Contemporary, 152 N. Central Ave., L.A; 1983-present (renamed MOCA at The Geffen Contemporary 1996)

Wilshire United Methodist Church, 711 South Plymouth Boulevard, L.A. 90005


Clubs that showed performance art

Anti-Club, 4658 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, 1983–1985 (Jack Ren Marquette, Jim Van Tyne, Russell Jessum)

Lhasa Club, 110 N. Hudson Ave, Hollywood; 1982-1987 (Jean-Pierre Boccara)

The Brave Dog, 1st St. one door north of Alameda, downtown LA, 1980-1982 (Jack Ren Marquette & Claire Glidden)

The Masque, Hollywood Blvd. & Cherokee Ave., Hollywood, 1976-1979 (Brendan Mullen)

The Roxy, L.A. 9009 W Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood 90069; 1973 – present


Equity Waiver theaters where “performance art” happened

Academy West Theatre, 1711 Stewart Street, Santa Monica 90404

Actors’ Playhouse, Long Beach 90802?

Back Alley Theatre, 15231 Burbank Blvd., Van Nuys

Burbage Theater, 2330 Sawtelle Blvd, L.A. 90064

Los Angeles Theater Center, 514 S. Spring St., downtown L.A.

Padua Hills Festival, L.A.

Pilot Theatre, L.A.

Powerhouse Theatre, 3116 2nd Street, Santa Monica

ProVisional Theatre (Santa Monica?)

The Cast Theatre, 804 N. El Centro Ave., Hollywood

The House, 1329 5th St., Santa Monica

Wilshire Ebell Theatre, L.A.

Zephyr Theater, 7458 Melrose Ave., L.A. 90046


Commercial art galleries that showed performances

800 Traction Building, Traction & Hewitt, downtown L.A. 90013

Collector’s Choice Gallery, 666 PCH, Laguna Beach 92651

Factory Place Gallery, 1308 Factory Place, LA 90013

James Corcoran Gallery, around 8200 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90046

Jan Baum/Iris Silverman Gallery, 8225 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. 90046

Janus Gallery, L.A.

New Gallery, Santa Monica (NOT 18th St.)

Newspace Gallery, 5241 Melrose Avenue, L.A. 90038

Off Main Street Theatre, Santa Monica (home of Aresis Ensemble)

Risser Gallery, Pasadena

Ruth S. Schaffner Gallery, 8426 Melrose Ave., L.A. 90069

Sonrisa, 1st & Central, downtown L.A.

SPACE Gallery, 6015 Santa Monica Blvd, LA 90038

Stella Polaris Gallery, 301 Boyd St., downtown L.A. 90013

Tortue Gallery, 2917 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monic


Commercial spaces (sometimes rental spaces) where performances happened

73 Market St., Venice (Tony Bill’s studio)

Atomic Café, 422 E. First St., Little Tokyo

Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue, downtown L.A. 90071

Church in Ocean Park, Second & Hill, Santa Monica

Columbia Coffee Shop, Hollywood

El Dorado Hotel, downtown L.A.

Lobero Auditorium, Santa Barbara

Park Plaza Hotel, 607 S. Parkview, L.A.

PikMe-up Café; coffeehouse; West 6th Street between La Brea Avenue and Detroit Street

System M, 213 Pine Ave., Long Beach 90802

The Cotton Exchange, 1 W. 3rd St., downtown L.A. (by LACE); one big event 1984


Spaces rented/borrowed for performance (often warehouses)

11 Navy St., Venice

1338 West Washington, Venice

200 Westminster, Venice

208 Westminster, Venice

DTLA, 100 S. Alameda, Downtown L.A.

Storie-Crawford Studio


Public spaces & outdoor locations where performances happened

Angel’s Gate Cultural Center, 3601 South Gaffey Street, San Pedro 90731

Century Towers Plaza, Beverly Hills

Doo Dah Parade, Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Echo Park Community Center, Echo Park

Los Angeles City Hall, downtown L.A.

Los Angeles City Mall Plaza

Los Angeles River, downtown L.A.

Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Rd. Agoura Hills, 91301; 1927-1980 movie ranch; purchased by National Park Service 1980

The Armory, 700 E. Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara 93103

The Hollywood American Legion Building

Venice Pavilion, Venice (SSB)


Universities/colleges where performances happened

California Institute of Technology, Gates Hall, 1200 E. California, Pasadena 91125

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia

California State University Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, 90747

California State University Los Angeles, Exploratorium Gallery, 5154 State University Dr., L.A. 90032

Chapman College, Guggenheim Gallery, 333 No. Glassell, Orange 92666

Claremont College, Libra Gallery, 12th & Dartmouth, Claremont 91711

Otis Art Institute/Parsons School of Design, Art Gallery, 2401 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 90057; 1918–1997. Moved to Westside, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, L.A. 90045; 1997

Santa Ana College, Art Dept., 17th at Bristol, Santa Ana 92706

University of California Irvine, Fine Arts Gallery, Irvine 92717

University of California San Diego, La Jolla 90293

University of California, L.A., Dickson Auditorium

University of California, L.A., Shoenberg Hall, 2539 Schoenberg Music Bldg , West L.A.

University of California Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies, Santa Barbara 93106

University of Southern California Medical Center, L.A.

USC Atelier, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica


Other spaces NOT documented in High Performance and/or NOT connected with performance—all active in 1984 (from a flyer I found on the Web and from an Artscene, 1984). * means ARTIST-RUN

*AAA Art/Michael Salerno, 1001 First Street (at Center Street), downtown LA

*Brockman Gallery, 4334 Degnan Blvd., L.A. 90008; 1967-1991 (Dale & Alonzo Davis)

*Museum of Neon Art (MONA), 704 Traction Avenue, downtown LA 90013 (Lili Lakich)

*Thinking Eye, 1324 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 311, downtown LA 90015; 1980-1989 (Bill Lazarow)

Attack Art Gallery, 666. S. Vermont, L.A.

Cirrus Gallery, f. 1970 in Hollywood, moved to 542 S. Alameda Street, downtown LA 90013, 1970-present (Jean Milant)

Double X, LA

Gallery 318, 318 S. Omar, downtown LA 90013

Kirk deGooyer Gallery, f. 1980, 830 South Central, LA 90021; 1980-1982. Moved 1982 to 1308 Factory Place, LA 90013; 1982-1985. (Kirk deGooyer)

Grandview Gallery, LA

Neil G. Ovsey Gallery, 705 E. Third Street, 3rd Fl., downtown LA 90013 (Neil and Alice Ovsey)

Nicholas Wilder Gallery, 814 N. La Cienega Bvd; 1965-1970. Moved to 8225 ½ Santa Monica Blvd.; 1970-1979

Simard Gallery, 323 S. Towne Avenue, downtown LA 90013 (Ann Calhoun, Patty Sue Jones)

The Art Dock, 112 Center St., downtown L.A. 90012; 1981-1986 (Carlton Davis)

The House, Santa Monica, formerly Storie-Crawford Dance Studio; f. 1981 by Bess Snyder; owned by UCLA Dance Dept. 1983-86.

The Mermaid Tavern, 20421 Callon Drive, Topanga 90290; f. 1972 -1976 (Ann and Mickey Nadel)


Sites of performances by Asco

1971 ‘Stations of the Cross’ – One mile stretch of Whittier Blvd ending at
Goodrich Blvd. in East LA

Dec 24, 1972 ‘Walking Mural’ Whittier Blvd in East LA

Dec 24, 1974 ‘First Supper (After a Major Riot)’ traffic island at Arizona St
and Whittier Blvd in East LA

1974 ‘Instant Mural’ Liquor store wall at corner of Whittier Blvd and Mott
Street in East LA

November 2, 1974 ‘ASCO intervention during Self-Help Graphics Dia de Los
Muertos’ procession along Brooklyn Ave from corner of Gage Ave. and Brooklyn
Ave ending at Evergreen Cemetery in East LA.

(Evergreen Cemetery on Brooklyn Ave. has been a site for ongoing ‘Dia de los
Muertos’ processions since the 70’s)



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