CARtoon art at Pasadena Museum of Art

biggeorge.jpg If you think Pasadena Art is little old blue hairs and their plein air “California Style” paintings have I got some news for you.

Pasadena’s Museum of California Art explores all sorts of art being produced by California Artists.  Opening June 1 is “Tales from the Strip” by Pete Miller celebrating his Hot Rod Comics and Drag Racing Cartoons.  The show will run through September 14,2008. 

Near and dear to my heart is car stuff.  The cool stuff like Mad Magazine and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth produced back in the day of the hot rod.  Miller in his bio says his inspiration came from Mad’s artists and comical satire of the 1950s and 1960s. I’ve seen Millers work in the past and it is comical satire poking fun at the gearheads and their overbuilt hot rods.  Worth seeing if only to look back at that chapter of our history that was so strongly influenced by LA and So Cal.

Details: Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 East Union Street, Pasadena CA 91101.  Hours: Wednesday – Sunday noon to 5PM.  Adults $7, Kids/Seniors $5.

There is parking in the area but rather than deal with the Pasadena’s Parking Nazis I’d suggest you use metro Gold Line and hop off at Memorial Park Station for a quick 7 block walk.