Pacific Standard Time Returns with Sprawling Latin American and Latino Art Program

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Andrea Ferreyra, “Torbellino/Whirlwind,” documentation of street performance, Mexico City (January, 1993), from the exhibition Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990s Mexico at the Armory Center for the Arts (photo by Joseph Jankovski, image courtesy Andrea Ferreyra)

This week, the Getty’s long-awaited initiative on Latin American and Latino Art in Los Angeles, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (PST: LA/LA), officially kicks off, with dozens of exhibitions opening at venues all across Southern California. From a survey of pre-Columbian luxury objects at the Getty to the Hammer’s show on Radical Women artists in Latin America to Ken Gonzales-Day’s photographic survey of LA murals, PST: LA/LA ambitiously attempts to capture the breadth of hundreds of years of art from Latin America and by Latina/os in the US.

To celebrate the opening, a day-long launch party will take place this Thursday in Downtown’s Grand Park, featuring live music, dance, workshops, and food trucks. In between performances ranging from traditional Latin American folk music and Brazilian dance to salsa, hip-hop, cumbia, and jazz, visitors can explore various installations, such as “¡Momento!,” an information kiosk and reading room designed by Spinagu, and the traveling “PST: LA/LA Mobile,” which offers previews of many of the works on view through interactive technology.

If you’re not sure where to start your PST: LA/LA experience, Thursday evening at 7pm, Brazilian artist Anna Maria Maiolino will be restaging her 1981 performance, “Entrevidas,” in which she scatters dozens of eggs on the ground and attempts to navigate them, in conjunction with her current MOCA retrospective. And, on Sunday, 50 of the participating institutions — from Ventura to Palm Springs to San Diego — will be offering free admission all day.

Sergio O’Cadiz Moctezuma, detail of “Fountain Valley Mural” (1974–1976, destroyed 2001), 6 x 625 feet, featured in ¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals Under Siege at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (photographer unknown, private collection of the O’Cadiz Family)

When: Thursday, September 14, noon–10pm
Where: Grand Park (200 N. Grand Ave., Downtown, Los Angeles)

More info here.

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