Pablo Picasso once said: “Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.”
You may or may not agree, but it’s a good thought to keep in mind as more than 100 Southern Californian museums, cultural organizations and galleries join forces to showcase diverse artists and trigger dialogue.
Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles / Latin America (PST: LA/LA) is a vast new exploration of Latin American and Latino art. Led by the Getty, the idea is to present a variety of art works through thematically linked exhibitions.
The initial focus is on visual arts, but programs will expand to touch on music, performance, literature and cuisine, according to organizers. PST: LA/LA will run from September 2017 to January 2018.
So, get ready to be wowed!
West Hollywood will celebrate PST: LA/LA with special thematic programming called WeHo Artes. For starters, an exhibition at West Hollywood Library called In West Hollywood features works by WeHo artists and residents Ramiro Gomez and David Feldman.
Gomez often addresses immigration issues, such as the challenges of laborers who work in Los Angeles, tending gardens and pools.
Photographer and filmmaker David Feldman has chronicled Gomez’s work. The city will host a free screening of his short film, Los Olvidados, followed by a talk with Feldman and Gomez, on Wednesday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. at City Council Chambers. RSVP
The WeHo Artes slate of programming is especially rich. Highlights include:
How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latina America and Latin America’s Disney at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at Schindler House. Curators Jesse Lerner and Rubén Ortiz-Torres examine Disney’s engagement with Latin American culture – from the 1937 Mexican-themed Donald Duck short Don Donald to the company’s 2013 attempt to trademark the Day of the Dead.
You can look at painting, photography, graphic work, drawing, sculpture, video and documents. The venue – architect Rudolph Schindler’s House – is one of West Hollywood’s artistic gems.
#disney princesses meet #fridakahlo as part of How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney—Opening Saturday, Sept. 9, 6-8pm! . Part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA the exhibition features over 150 works by 48 Latin American artists who investigate and challenge nearly one hundred years of cultural influence between Latin America and Disney. . . [José Rodolfo Loaiza Ontiveros. “Black Dove.” 2014. Oil on canvas board, 40.6 × 50.8 cm.] . . #makcenter #schindlerhouse #howtoreadelpatopascual #pstinla #losangeles #latinamerica #contemporaryart #disney #paraleeralpatodonald #fridakahlo #princesses
Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. at the ONE Gallery, West Hollywood + Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Pacific Design Center. This show looks at the collaborations among a network of queer Chicano artists from the late 1960s to the early 1990s.
Sense of Place by Jose Dávila at West Hollywood Park and presented by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division). The multi-site, large-scale public exhibition by Dávila, a Guadalajara-based artist, will migrate through and integrate into the diverse urban landscape of Los Angeles over the next 6-months, including West Hollywood’s Plummer Park. Public reception on Saturday, September 16 from 2:00-5:00pm at West Hollywood Park, no RSVP required.
Surrealist artist Pedro Friedeberg, who lives in Mexico City, has a show at M+B Gallery.
Additionally, a landmark exhibition called Video Art in Latin America surveys achievements and themes in Latin American video art from the 1960s until today. More than 60 works, many never before seen in the U.S., will be presented at LAXART in nearby Hollywood.
PST: LA/LA Events at LACMA
Looking for more? No problem. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is a must-see for any art lover and it’s very close to WeHo.
Check out these PST: LA/LA offerings:
HOME—So Different, So Appealing: Art from the Americas since 1957. Representing a variety of styles, artists interpret a fundamental concept, sometimes using material from actual homes.
Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz is the first major retrospective of one of the most influential Los Angeles artists of the 1970s and 1980s.
Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985. LACMA’s groundbreaking exhibition explores design movements that defined both locales throughout the 20th century.
Painted in Mexico: Pinxit Mexici, 1700–1790. Featuring more than 120 works, this impressive show examines 18th century Mexican painting.
More Events Throughout Los Angeles
One of the coolest elements of PST: LA/LA is its breadth and depth, with events taking place from San Diego to Santa Barbara. A few more notable mentions in Los Angeles are:
*Photography in Argentina, 1850–2010: Contradiction and Continuity at the Getty Center will display 300 works by 60 artists.
*Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão will have a show – including a multi-channel video installation on view for the first time in the U.S. – at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills.
*The work of six contemporary Mexican photographers is highlighted at the Kopeikin Gallery in West LA.
*The Pasadena Museum of California Art is hosting Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films. The posters were made from 1960 to 2009.
Launch Party on September 14
To get a sense of all that’s going on, why not mingle with other culture vultures?
On Thursday, Sept. 14, from noon to 10 p.m. there will be a free party (with music, refreshments, activities and giveaways) in downtown LA’s Grand Park to mark the start of the programming.