Led by the Getty and with more than 70 cultural organizations showing exhibitions and hosting events all over SoCal, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a truly massive and groundbreaking endeavor you have to see to believe.
Die-hard art connoisseurs, adventurers, and those new to exhibitions are all welcome; PST: LA/LA will rock your world by exploring Latin American and Latino art in greater Los Angeles. For five months (September 2017 to January 2018), this “celebration beyond borders” will give Californians and anyone who wants to participate the opportunity to be transformed by art in all its rebellious, magical, and complex forms.
Your visit will take you to museums, university galleries, and performing arts centers all over SoCal (Santa Barbara, San Diego, Santa Monica, Palm Springs). In fact, we encourage you to head over to their website, which works as a kind of travel guide to accompany you on your way!
As you probably already know, art isn’t just something you see, it’s something you experience. And that means you’ll have to experience it yourself. There's a lot of art to choose from but for now, here are seven reasons you won’t want to miss any of it!
1. Because art gives tough critiques and can be a catalyst for change
Valeska Soares, Un-rest, 2010. 128 foot stools, 1 glass chair. Photo: Ronald Amstuz. Exhibition: Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now Venue: Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Soares has perfectly placed 128 colorful foot stools in front of a barely-there transparent chair. The focal point here is the arrangement of the beautiful resting stools, but the chair is at the head.
2. Because it challenges what you think about identity and our place in society
Judithe Hernández, The Purification, 2013. Pastel mixed-media on archival wood board. Exhibition: Judithe Hernández and Patssi Valdez: One Path Two Journeys Venue: Millard Sheets Art Center.
In this piece, the female figure's white mask is sewed unto her skin and it's tearing, revealing the skin underneath.
3. Because it makes you think differently about the worlds people navigate every day
Jorge Otero Escobar, Stampede (from the series War Hero), 2014. Digital print. Exhibition: The Cuban Matrix Venue: Torrance Art Museum.
A Cuban "wajiro" kneels in front of a blockade, anachronistic amid modern Times Square. He has his ear to the ground, perhaps listening for the coming "stampede." This could reflect Cuba's economic isolation and increasing access to technology.
4. Because it teaches you something about the human condition
Graciela Sacco, Untitled (#8; from Bocanada), 1993. Heliograph print. Exhibition: Photography in Argentina, 1850–2010: Contradiction and Continuity Venue: The Getty Center.
In this piece from "Bocanada" (empty mouth, mouthless, and other endless interpretations), Sacco asks, "Why do we open our mouth? What do we need?" An urban intervention, she places these re-usable pieces throughout cities to reveal that basic needs are not being met.
5. Because it asks you to re-evaluate what you believe and shows you others' realities (and maybe yours)
Omar Pimienta, Lady Libertad V1, 2007. Plaster statuette. Exhibition: UnDocumenta Venue: Oceanside Museum of Art.
The Statue of Liberty stands upon a Mayan pyramid, bringing to mind Emma Lazarus' 1883 "The New Colossus," a sonnet engraved on the pedestal of the statue in NYC.
6. Art can go beyond the realm of the visual
Walt Disney Concert Hall. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
PST: LA/LA includes the ten day festival (October 9--October 17, 2017) CDMX: Music from Mexico City, which will feature Mexico City’s music scenes from orchestral and contemporary programs to folk, pop, and film music.
7. And open your mind to human experience, beauty, reality, and imagination
David Botello, Space Walkers, 2002. Acrylic painting. Photo and image: David Botello. Exhibition: Aztlán: A Sense of Place Venue: dA Center for the Arts.
Here, male and female figures seem to exist and walk in literal space and different "spaces," perhaps in the same way so many immigrants and those of us who have more than one culture or identity navigate different worlds.
Be a part of the transformation. See you there!