On September 24th, 2011 from 6-10pm, 18th Street debuts the opening of its epic, history-making exhibition, Collaboration Labs: Southern California Artists and the Artist Space Movement in the 18th Street Gallery and Project Room. This show is 18th Street’s contribution to the Getty Foundations Pacific Standard Time Art in LA 1945-1980 initiative
Collaboration Labs: investigates five artists and artists groups that have been central to the alternative artist space movement in Southern California since the early 1970s. These makers and collectives - Rachel Rosenthal, Barbara T. Smith, Suzanne Lacy/Leslie Labowitz-Starus, Kit Galloway/Sherrie Rabinowitz, and EZTV - have all been involved in collaboration within their own work, as well as with the founding of key artist-run spaces in the Los Angeles region. Through its wealth of documentation, video, photography, and performance - much of it never before seen - this exhibit traces how these diverse art practices were in dialogue with the growing movement of independent art spaces throughout the 1970s and 1980s.