“Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” takes Los Angeles by storm

Posted on September - 27 - 2017

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For Latin American art lovers, Los Angeles is the place in the upcoming months. After six years in the making “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” was finally let loose to the public last week. This massive exhibition is a tremendous feat, fueled by years of research and careful planning and it’s now matured into a groundbreaking event. With the Getty Foundations as its main patron, PST is to be a multidisciplinary experience that will take Southern California by storm.

With an impressive agenda, PST presents an ambitious exploration of the Latino presence in the United States as well as the art from the Southern hemisphere. Incorporating a wide net of cultural institutions, from leading organizations to the more inconspicuous art spaces, PST will occupy 70 venues across Southern California, and show the works of more than 1,100 artists.

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Merging activism with art, important themes such as identity and home emerge and predominate, but the most prevalent issue that also relates to the current political situation is the topic of displacement, migration and border relations. As the United States and its current leaders have addressed the subject of the Latin diasporas and the measures to stop immigration, artists have taken a stand and, following a “build bridges before walls” premise, have created works that deal with this relevant topic.

Such themes are dealt in “A Universal History of Infamy” where the work of 16 artists U.S. Latino and Latin American artists is shown. The works on display were the product of a two-month residency the artists conducted at the 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica. Among the exhibitors, you can find the works of Guatemalan artists Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa and the NuMu, a collaborative project between Stefan Benchoam and Jessica Kairé. NuMu (New Museum), Benchoam’s and Karié’s project, is an independent exhibition space based in Guatemala that takes place inside a tiny egg-shaped venue that was chosen as a statement against the lack of support for cultural institutions in the country. As part of a crowd-funding initiative, a replica of the egg was made and driven by both artists from Guatemala to Los Angeles, where it now stands next in contrast to the towering LACMA building.

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Many more exhibitions are available throughout the city, and many of them counting “Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas,” “Radical Women” and “Home: So Different, So Appealing” will travel to other museums and countries. The ripples of this mammoth undertaking will be felt in years to come and unquestionably shape the course of Latin American studies as well as cement and strengthen the role of Latino art in the United States.

We encourage you to check out the different venues and exhibitions that will be taking place for the next five months in Los Angeles. It’s an exciting time for Latin American art lovers.

By: Gabriela Martínez de la Hoz

NuMu. Photo Courtesy: The Guardian