There will be art: PST:LA/LA around the community

| November 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

MICKEY MOUSE by Peruvian artist Haroldo Higa is among Marciano Collection artworks displayed in the Windsor Square museum as part of PST:LA/LA.

Museums around the Southland are participating in “Pacific Standard Time: Latin American and Latino Art in Los Angeles” (PST: LA / LA). Many museums are close to Larchmont Chronicle neighborhoods, but others are just a short trip away.

Following is a sampling of exhibits from this collaborative effort, which explores Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. The full program can be found at

At Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., see film screenings and conversations with film makers at “From Latin America to Hollywood: Latino Film Culture in Los Angeles 1967–2017,” which explores the influences between Latino and Latin American film cultures of the last 50 years. Closes Tues., Dec. 11.

At Art, Design and Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, look at the relationship between art and spirituality in the Chumash and Spanish traditions at “Sacred Art in the Age of Contact: Chumash and Latin American Traditions in Santa Barbara.” Closes Fri., Dec. 8.

At Autry Museum of the American West,
4700 Western Heritage Way, view photographs from “La Raza,” the bilingual newspaper of the Chicano Rights Movement. The exhibit explores photography’s role in articulating the social and political concerns of the Chicano Movement. Closes Sat., Feb. 10.

“Chicano Male Unbonded,” based on the essays, photography and performances of Harry Gamboa, Jr., investigates the relationship between the stereotypes of Mexican American men and the diverse community of artists, writers, academics, performers, and other creative thinkers who identify as Chicano. Closes Sun., Aug. 5. 

Become part of the art at The Broad, 221 S. Grand Ave., where Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez has transformed four crosswalks at the intersection of 2nd St. and Grand Ave. in downtown Los Angeles. Ongoing.

At Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., see the work of contemporary artists who explore the border as a physical reality (place), a subject (imagination), and a site (possibility) at “The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility.” Closes Sun., Jan. 7.

At Craft in America, 8415 W. Third St., “Mano-Made: New Expression in Craft by Latino Artists” looks at artists who use craft to articulate messages about American culture, personal experiences, Latino identity and socio-political tensions in Los Angeles and California. It includes work by Gerardo Monterrubio, closing Sat., Nov. 25, and Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, running from Sat., Dec. 2 to Sat., Jan. 20.

At El Pueblo de Los Angeles, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, “Borders and Neighbors: Craft Connectivity Between the U.S. and Mexico Exhibition,” hosted by Craft in America, focuses on influences between Mexican and American craft traditions. It will be on view in the Biscailuz Gallery from Thurs., Nov. 16 to Sun., Feb. 25.

At The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., interact with “Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros,” an exhibit that examines the strategies and material choices of avant-garde painters and sculptors in Argentina and Brazil. Closes Sun., Feb. 11.

At Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., liberate your inner wild feminist while viewing “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985.” The exhibit examines the artistic contributions of women of Latina and Chicana descent focusing on the aesthetic experimentation in art and activism in the women’s rights movement. Closes Sun., Dec. 31. 

At the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd., see how art, science and the environment connect in Latin America in “Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin.” Closes Mon., Jan. 8.

At Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Dr., see the history of how Mexico became California in “California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820–1930.” Visual arts created distinct pictorial motifs and symbols that helped define the new California. Closes Sun., Jan. 14.

At Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., see “Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A.,” which celebrates the Zapotec language. Zapotec is the most widely spoken indigenous language in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca, and Los Angeles is home to the largest population of indigenous Oaxacans outside of Mexico. Closes Wed., Jan. 31.

At Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 5905 Wilshire Blvd.:

“Playing with Fire,” is a retrospective of local Chicano artist Carlos Almaraz, who began his career with political works for farm workers and co-founded the artist collective Los Four. Closes Sun., Dec. 3.

“A Universal History of Infamy” intersects different disciplines, such as theater and anthropology, and uses multiple venues across the city, including the LACMA campus, to present works by more than 15 artists and collectives. Closes Mon., Feb. 19.

“Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985” covers designs in Spanish Colonial Inspiration, Pre-Columbian Revivals, Folk Art and Craft Traditions, and Modernism. Closes Sun., April 1.

At the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State Los Angeles, 835 N. Kings Rd., see “How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney.” Featured is art that focuses on Disney’s engagement with Latin American imagery, as well as how Latin American artists responded to Disney’s iconography. Closes Sun., Jan. 14.

At the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) at the Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., explore “Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.” This exhibit shows the collaborations and intersections among a network of queer Chicano artists from the 1960s to the 1990s, covering the Chicano Moratorium, gay liberation, the feminist movements and the AIDS crisis. Closes Sun., Dec. 31.

At the Marciano Art Foundation, 4357 Wilshire Blvd., view local and international Latino artists at “Latin American Artists in the Marciano Collection,” some on display in Los Angeles for the first time. The exhibit centers on Damián Ortega’s “Architecture without Architects” (2010). Closes Sat., Jan. 13.

At Palm Springs Art Museum, Architecture and Design Center, 300 S. Palm Canyon Dr., explore “Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture.” Bo Bardi and Frey believed in architecture as a way to connect people, nature, building, and living. Closes Sun., Jan. 7.

At Pasadena Museum of California, 490 E. Union, see how U.S. films were depicted in posters in Cuba at “Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films.” Closes Sun., Jan. 7.

At the San Diego Museum of Art, see the history of Latin American Modernism from the late 1800s to the twenty-first century at “Modern Masters from Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection.” Artists from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Brazil, and Uruguay are included. Closes Sun., March 11.

At the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., see “Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico,” which looks at the art and culture of Mexico and the U.S. through the perspective of Mexican-born, Jewish-American writer Anita Brenner. Closes Sun., Feb. 25.

There are many events scheduled to accompany the multiple exhibits, more than can be covered here. The series runs into 2018. Go to

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