LBTP x PST x Mark Dion



La Brea Tar Pits is proud to partner with the Getty Foundation as part of Pacific Standard Time 2024: Art x Science x L.A., a series of exhibitions, public programs, and publications that will explore connections between the visual arts and science from prehistoric times to the present and across different cultures worldwide. 

As a recipient of a Pacific Standard Time research grant, LBTP is hosting Mark Dion as its artist in residence. Dion's art examines how people's understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world is shaped by public institutions, including museums. Dion will work behind the scenes to interview and shadow LBTP staff, research affiliates, and volunteers, as well as conduct archival research. His residency will culminate in plans for a site-specific installation to open at La Brea Tar Pits in 2024.


Mark Dion Video Call Out updated

Show us how La Brea Tar Pits inspires you!

Celebrate this iconic site by creating a one-minute (or shorter) video that may be selected to be screened at the Fossilized and Realized: Tar Pits Video Festival on July 22, 2022.

Let your imagination run wild and have a chance to see your video screened outdoors in the heart of Los Angeles at La Brea Tar Pits! The videos can be animated, live-action, shot on your cell phone– and they don't need to be filmed at Hancock Park. Write a script for your dire wolf puppet, choreograph a tar dance, create a montage of all your favorite tar pits-inspired movie scenes, or whatever else comes to mind to show us why this site is special to you, to Los Angeles, and to the world.

Join us on July 22, 2022 for Fossilized and Realized: Tar Pits Video Festival (more info coming soon!) featuring select videos from the callout, a screening of a new film about La Brea Tar Pits by our moderator and host Nic Cha Kim, and a discussion on LBTP’s significance in art and popular culture with the Natural History Museum’s Archivist Yolanda Bustos and artist in residence Mark Dion.

*By submitting your video and its associated elements, including but not limited to audio and/or video recordings (collectively referred to as Submitted Material), you acknowledge and agree that the Submitted Material may, at the discretion of NHMLAC, be used in a digital video and audio production produced by NHMLAC and/or become part of the Museum collection, and you further agree that any Submitted Material may be used or reproduced by NHMLAC for any Museum purpose in formats that may differ from the original submittal, including but not limited to education, publication, commercial and promotional uses, and being made available to the public. 


Our Past Event


Stay tuned to this page or follow us @labreatarpits on Twitter and @thelabreatarpits Instagram for updates on events.