The 13 cultural institutions that will open their doors for free include Alliance Francaise de Pasadena, Armory Center for the Arts, Art Center College of Design, Norton Simon Museum of Art, One Colorado, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena Central Library, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena Museum of History, Pasadena Symphony and Side Street Projects. Kidspace Children's Museum will be participating for the first time and offers plenty of free parking.
Participants can begin their journeys at any one of the venues and are encouraged to go green by carpooling or taking a bus or the Metro Gold Line, joining a bicycle tour, or walking between nearby venues. Information on transit options can be found at artnightpasadena.org and on bike tours at cicle.org
ArtNight is an ongoing partnership between the city's Cultural Affairs Division and the many cultural institutions that open their doors on this night to offer the public a rich sampling of art, music and live performances at no cost. The event is sponsored by the Arts & Culture Commission.
For more information call (626) 744-7887 or go to artnightpasadena.org. For information on accessibility or to request written materials in alternative formats call (626) 744-7249. ArtNight will be followed by ArtWalk at Pasadena Playhouse District on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (playhousedistrict.org/artwalk).
ArtNight's featured exhibitions and performances include:
Alliance Francaise de Pasadena, 34 E. Union, Kendall Alley "de Kansky".
Armory Center for the Arts, 145 North Raymond Avenue. View the Armory's 20th anniversary exhibition featuring 20 artists.
Art Center College of Design, Williamson/Student Galleries, 1700 Lida St. TOOLS An art exhibition that explores how humans extend the limits of their biology.
Kidspace Children's Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd. Alexander Calder's Circus in the central courtyard.
Norton Simon Museum of Art, 411 W. Colorado Blvd. "Sweets & Treats: Wayne Thiebaud in the Collection of the Norton Simon Museum" and "Divine Demons.
One Colorado, Colorado Boulevard between Fair Oaks and DeLacey avenues. Internationally acclaimed artist Daniel Buren's installation A Rainbow in the Sky flutters over the Courtyard. Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St. Touching All Bases: A Baseball Celebration. Explore the unparalleled creative possibilities of America's national pastime through visual art.
Pasadena City College Art Gallery, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd. Mantong and Protong: Richard Shaver and Stanislav Szukalski.
Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union St. In the Main Gallery, "Wayne Thiebaud: 70 Years of Painting;" in the Back Gallery, "Behold the Day: The Color Block Prints of Frances Gearhart".
Pasadena Museum of History, 470 W. Walnut St. "Family Stories: Sharing a Community's Legacy" explores Pasadena's African-American, Armenian-American, Chinese-American, Euro-American, Japanese-American, and Latino communities through the personal, multi-generational stories of six local families.
Pasadena Symphony Association, 300 E. Green St. Experience Your Imagination! A music sampler of Pasadena Symphony's upcoming 2009/2010 Classics Series. Special ticket offers will be available.
Side Street Projects, 730 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Green & Greens. Art and food will be celebrated with a lettuce-planting party on The Armadillo, a vertical garden on a transformed FEMA trailer.