Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will take place throughout Southern California, transforming both place and individuals with a “celebration beyond borders” that explores Latin American and Latino Art in greater Los Angeles.
From September 2017 through January 2018, this massive undertaking with more than 70 locations to explore will give you the opportunity to experience some incredible, touching, and rebellious pieces. From museums and university galleries to performing arts centers all over SoCal, the range of exhibitions and programs have a lot to offer the adventurer in all of us.
Art can move us, make us question what we hold as truth, and show us sides of ourselves we've always felt but could never express. And because we know that art has mobilized nations as well as individuals, we have to talk about some of the most striking works of art that you’ll get to bear witness to.
1. Lady Libertad V1
Exhibition: UnDocumenta at Oceanside Museum of Art / Omar Pimienta, Lady Libertad V1, 2007. Plaster statuette.
Referencing one of the most famous European art events (documenta, an art show that takes place every five years in Kassel, Germany), unDocumenta is about the experiences of undocumented people in the U.S. and the presence of Latin America in SoCal. Pimienta's work brings to mind Emma Lazarus' 1883 "The New Colossus," a sonnet engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty:
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, // With conquering limbs astride from land to land; // Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand // A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name // MOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-hand //Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command // The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she // With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, // Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, // The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, // I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
2. Mar Invadido / Invaded Sea
Exhibition: Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago at Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) / Tony Capellán, Mar Invadido / Invaded Sea, 2015. Found objects from the Caribbean Sea.
This exhibition will focus on the Caribbean Archipelago, challenging the geographic and conceptual boundaries of Latin America. It draws attention to some of the issues arising from colonial legacy. Capellán's work, completely made from found objects in the Caribbean Sea, is a re-created polluted ocean.
3. Palabras Ajenas (Front Cover)
Exhibition: The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) / León Ferrari, Palabras Ajenas, Falbo Editor, Buenos Aires, 1967. First Edition (Front cover). Courtesy of FALFAA.
The acclaimed Argentine artist León Ferrari died in 2013 at the age of ninety-two. His best known work challenged authoritarianism of all types, from the Argentinian dictatorship and the Catholic Church to the U.S. war in Vietnam. The exhibition will restage Palabras Ajenas, which has only been staged twice.
4. Nature Self-Portrait #2
Exhibition: Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell at Vincent Price Art Museum / Laura Aguilar, Nature Self-Portrait #2,1996. Gelatin silver print.
Aguilar's Nature Self-Portrait series places the human body in nature; transformed by the desert, her body becomes part of the earth in a way that challenges notions of beauty, gender, sexuality, and identity. Her work focuses on the experiences of marginalized people, making a space for the voices of black women, lesbians, Latinas, and those who are obese.
Exhibition: How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney at MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House / Liliana Porter, Minnie/Che, 2003. Archival digital print, 2011.
Disney's relationship with Latin America is complex, with Latin Americans often criticizing Disney as being a symbol of North American imperialism. But the relationship has also resulted in art that re-appropriates and misappropriates Disney's icons. The "Pato Pascual" in the title of the exhibition, for example, refers to Pascual Boing, a Mexican soft drink maker that uses a Donald Duck look-alike for their logo.
6. Detail of "Fountain Valley" Mural (Destroyed in 2001)
Exhibition: ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes / Sergio O’Cadiz Moctezuma, Detail of Fountain Valley Mural, 1974–1976. Destroyed 2001.
This exhibition showcases "rebellious" Chicana/o murals in greater Los Angeles that have been contested, censored, or destroyed. The image above is from a mural by Sergio O'Cadiz and was destroyed in 2001. These works challenged dominant cultural norms and historical narratives in some way. This is of significant importance, given that mural-making became an essential public voice for the Chicano movement at a time (late 1960s and 70s) when other mediums of communication were limited for the Mexican-American community.
Art isn’t just what you see, it's what you experience. So go check out these works for yourself!