CalArtians Participate in Bicipandilla-Related Events at the Armory Center

Bike It at the Armory Center

'Bike It' at the Armory Center | Photo: Kelly Marie Martin

On Thursday, Pasadena’s Armory Center for the Arts, opens the exhibition Bike It: Portraits of my Bicipandilla by Kelly Marie Martin.

Curated by CalArts’ alumna and Director of Gallery Programs at the Armory Center Irene Tsats0s (Critical Studies MA 10), the show features Martin’s black-and-white photographic portraits—made with a 4×5 camera—of riders in her bicipandilla (bicycle gang) with their bikes.

Other CalArtians are involved with the exhibit’s related programs, including School of Critical Studies faculty member Jen Hofer, who will hold a free public reading during the exhibition’s opening reception on Thursday.

Hofer, a poet, artist, translator and founding member the City of Angels Ladies’ Bicycle Association (aka The Whirly Girls), is a subject of one of Martin’s Bike It portraits.

On Saturday evening (Aug. 20), the Armory will host CraftNight with Craft Captain JP (Film/Video alumna Juliana Parr), who’ll lead participants in creating bicycle-inspired art projects from 5-7 pm. Now in its 10th year, CraftNight is a gathering of crafters and their projects that meet weekly at bars in Los Angeles (usually at Akbar on Sunset at Fountain, on Wednesdays at 9 pm).

A $2 materials fee applies for Saturday’s CraftNight event.

Other upcoming related events:

  • A Spoke(n) Art Ride, co-sponsored by Cyclists Inciting Change through Live Exchange (CICLE), will take place on Sept. 23 from 5-9 pm, beginning and ending at the Armory. The ride will explore Pasadena’s arts landscape from the vantage point of the bicycle.
  • A closing ride, led by The Whirly Girls, is scheduled for Oct. 2 at 2 pm. Riders will leave Union Station at 2:30 pm and will end by 4 pm at the Armory with a closing afternoon tea reception.

Bike It: Portraits of my Bicipandilla
Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena, Calif.
Opening reception: Thursday, Aug. 18
7-9 pm
The exhibition runs through Oct. 2

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