With Trespass West of Rome Public Art aims to create a unique aggregational moment for Los Angeles in relation to the International art community, the local art community, and the general public. Trespass will take place on Sunday, October 2, 2011, which is a pivotal moment for the cultural history of The City of Los Angeles. During the weekend of October 2nd The Getty in collaboration with 60 museums and cultural institutions will open many exhibitions under the Pacific Standard Time umbrella. This weekend will also host the first Armory Art Fair in Los Angeles entitled Art Platform – Los Angeles, which will take place in downtown.
Trespass will permeate and reverberate throughout the streets of downtown Los Angeles to include individuals from all types of socio-economic/socio-political demographics, particularly the youth of our society. We aim to accomplish this through the use of the Internet and social networking websites. A dedicated website will be launched at the end May 2011. West of Rome will also reach out to college and high schools students and musicians to involve them in Trespass. West of Rome will also invite some of these schools to produce a slogan for a t-shirt. By reaching out to people from various demographics Trespass will address one of the most challenging issues for Contemporary Art today, which is including the general public (the public that does not normally visit museums or art galleries) and expanding the audience for art and all art institutions in Los Angeles. This project has a strong educational component that will impact the youth. By addressing this challenge Trespass consists of a crucial educational aspect; demonstrating to the public and the youth that art can be a useful, peaceful, and effective tool for social commentary and change.
In this moment of world turmoil and epochal changes Trespass will convey and reiterate, in a creative way, the importance of free speech as the most powerful and effective vehicle for implementing change. Free speech in this case will be the voices of the most influential contemporary artists, the youth of our time and the public that will gather with West of Rome on October 2, 2011.