Latin American Art Goes Global With These Expansive Exhibitions

The country’s largest Latin American arts exhibition is coming to a city near you.

Photo by Michael Christopher Brown, used with permission.

For years, art institutions have been criticized for only populating their galleries with artists who were anything but diverse.


Recently, however, a widespread arts initiative has aimed to change that perception by presenting the works of Latino artists across dozens of institutions in Southern California.

The exhibition is called “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.” It was launched in September 2017 with the help of $16.3 million in grants from the Getty Foundation. And soon, this initiative will bring some of these shows to museums and galleries across the country.

Their goal: rewrite art history.

It sounds ambitious, but it was a necessary move.

In a time where immigration has become a crucial issue dominating our political discourse, “PST: LA/LA” helped Southern California institutions reflect the true cultural makeup of the region. In Los Angeles County, Census data shows that 47.7% of the population identifies as Hispanic or Latin American, but the regional art world didn’t quite reflect the population. “PST: LA/LA” is an attempt to rectify that disparity with exhibitions showcasing the diversity of both art in Latin America and the work of Latin American artists in the United States.

Photo by Javier Calvo, used with permission.

It took five years of preparation, but the initiative was a rousing success. From museums to universities to art galleries, more than 140 venues participated in showcasing the work of more than 1,100 artists. While some of “PST: LA/LA” exhibitions are officially coming to an end in Southern California on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, some of the shows are hitting the road, bound for destinations across the U.S. and abroad.

From displays of beautiful pre-Hispanic artifacts to groundbreaking performance art by cutting-edge contemporary artists, “PST: LA/LA” is significant not just for its focus on Latin American artists, but for the breadth and scope of the exhibitions included in the initiative. But, it wasn't just centuries that “PST: LA/LA” spanned — these exhibits crossed borders too. Shows also explored the ethnic diversity in Latin America, from Afro-Brazilian to Chinese-Caribbean. It delved into artistic practices by marginalized or overlooked communities like the pioneering feminist artists featured in the show “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985” — which will tour Brooklyn and São Paulo this year — and the work of queer artists in “Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.”

[new_image position="standard large" id="null"]Photo by Roberto and Fernando Luna, used with permission.[/new_image]

“PST: LA/LA” also highlighted Latin American artists with landmark retrospectives. Body positive photographer Laura Aguilar has a career that goes back to the 1980s, but her exhibition "Show and Tell" — which is set to head to the Frost Art Museum in Miami in March 2018 — is the first expansive survey of her work. “Aztlán to Magulandia: The Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert ‘Magu’ Luján” is the first survey of the late artist Gilbert “Magu” Lujá, who, as part of the collective Los Four, helped kickstart the Chicano Arts movement in 1970s Los Angeles.

For “PST: LA/LA,” showcasing Latin American artists throughout Southern California was only beginning. Now, they’re bringing them to the world.

Below are forthcoming dates for “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” exhibits around the world:


Photo by Laura Aguilar, used with permission.

Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell
Originally presented at the Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles

On tour:
The Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida
March 3 to May 27, 2018

The Schoolhouse and the Bus" (formerly known as "Suzanne Lacy & Pablo Helguera"
Originally presented at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara

On tour:
The 8th Floor, New York City, New York
Feb. 9 to May 12, 2018

The U.S.-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility
Originally presented at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles




On tour:
561 Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Jan. 27 to April 14, 2018

Mono-Made: New Expressions in Craft by Latino Artists
Originally presented at Craft in America, Los Angeles

On tour:
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts
Dec.15, 2018, to Sept. 8, 2019

David Lamelas: A Life of Their Own
Originally presented at the California State University, Long Beach/University Art Museum











On tour:
Fundación Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina
March 23 to June 11, 2018

The Metropolis in Latin America (1830-1930)
Originally presented at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

On tour:
Americas Society, New York City, New York
March 22 to June 30, 2018

Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas
Originally presented at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles











On tour:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Feb. 27 to May 28, 2018

Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985
Originally presented at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

On tour:
Brooklyn Museum, New York City, New York
April 13 to July 22, 2018

Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Brazil
Aug. 18 to Nov. 19, 2018

Painted in Mexico, 1700-1790: Pinxit Mexici
Originally presented at Los Angeles County Museum of Art














On tour:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York
April 24 to July 22, 2018

Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals Under Siege
Originally presented at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Los Angeles




On tour:
California Historical Society, San Francisco, California
April 7 to Sept. 2, 2018

Memories of Underdevelopment
Originally presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego




On tour:
Museo Júmex, Mexico City, Mexico
March 21 to Sept. 9, 2018

Museo Arte de Lima, Lima, Peru
Nov. 20, 2018, to Feb. 23, 2019

Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago
Originally presented at the Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles







On tour:
Wallach Gallery of Columbia University, New York City, New York
May 2018 to September 2018

The Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida
October 2018 to December 2018

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine
January 2018 to May 2019

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware
June 2018 to September 2019

The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War
Originally presented at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Los Angeles













On tour:
Pérez Art Museum, Miami, Florida
Feb. 15 to Aug. 12, 2018

Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now
Originally presented at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art




On tour:
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
March 24 to July 15, 2018

Aztlan to Magulandia: The Journey of Chicano Artist Gilbert 'Magu' Luján
Originally presented at the University Art Galleries, University of California, Irvine

On tour:
Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California
June 2 to Sept. 29, 2018








Articles

He photographed Nazi atrocities and buried the negatives. The unearthed images are unforgettable.

He risked his life to leave a "historical record of our martyrdom."

via Yad Vashem and Archive of Modern Conflict, 2007

In September 1939, the Nazis invaded Poland. By April 1940, the gates closed on the Lodz Ghetto, the second largest in the country after Warsaw.

Throughout the war, over 210,000 people would be imprisoned in Lodz.

Among those held captive was Henryk Ross. He was a Jewish sports photographer before the Nazi invasion and worked for the the ghetto's Department of Statistics during the war. As part of his official job, he took identification photos of the prisoners and propaganda shots of Lodz' textile and leather factories.

Keep Reading Show less
Communities
via Imgur

Every few years there's something that goes mega viral because people can't decide what it is.

There was the famous "is it blue and black, or white and gold" dress?

There was the audio recording that said either "yanny" or "Laurel."

Keep Reading Show less
Viral


Rochester NY Airport Security passing insulting notes to travelers caught on tape www.youtube.com

Neil Strassner was just passing through airport security, something he does on a weekly basis as part of his job. That's when a contract airport security employee handed him a small piece of folded cardboard. Strassner, 40, took the paper and continued on his way. He only paused when he heard the security employee shouting back at him, "You going to open the note?"

When he unfolded the small piece of paper, Strassner was greeted with an unprompted insult. "You ugly!!!"

According to Strassner, and in newly released CCTV of the incident, the woman who handed him the note began laughing loudly.

Keep Reading Show less
popular
Creative Commons

National Tell a Joke Day dates back to 1944 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was having a meeting with Vice-President, Henry Wallace. The two men were tired and depressed due to the stress caused by leading a country through world war.

During a lull in the meeting, Wallace said, "Frank, to cheer you up I have a joke I'd like to share."

"Let's have it, Henry," Roosevelt replied while ashing his cigarette.

"Why did the chicken cross the road?" Wallace asked. "Not sure," Roosevelt replied.

"To get to the other side," Wallace responded.

Roosevelt laughed so hard that the bourbon he was drinking sprayed out of his nose and onto the floor of the oval office.

Keep Reading Show less
Culture
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Coal mining is on the decline, leaving many coal miners in West Virginia without jobs. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says there are about 55,000 positions, and just 13,000 of those jobs are in West Virginia. The dwindling amount of work is leaving some struggling to make a living, but the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective is giving those coal miners a way to find new jobs and make a supplemental income as coal mining diminishes.

The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective trains coal miners and other low-income residents in mining communities to keep bees. Some coal miners are getting retrained to work in the tech industry, however beekeeping allows coal miners to continue to work in a job that requires a similar skill set. "The older folks want to get back to work, but mining is never going to be like it was in the '60s and '70s, and there is nothing to fall back on, no other big industries here, so all of these folks need retraining," former coal miner James Scyphers told NPR. "Beekeeping is hands-on work, like mining, and requires on-the-job training. You need a good work ethic for both."

Keep Reading Show less
Business