Spanning over 60 of Southern California’s most prestigious galleries and museums, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA aims to highlight Latin American culture through the presentation of over 50 much-anticipated exhibitions. Running until January 2018, this massive, multi-institution collaboration ranges from ancient to contemporary art and promises to be thought-provoking and impactful. Listed below are five current PST: LA/LA shows you cannot afford to miss due to their heartfelt messages and stunning aesthetics.
RADICAL WOMEN: LATIN AMERICAN ART, 1960-1985
Location: The Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, C
Dates: Through December 31, 2017
Why We Picked It: Featuring the work of more than 100 wildly-experimental Latina and Chicana artists hailing from over 15 different countries, this incredibly comprehensive collection celebrates the strength and resilience of the female body and spirit. All of the women featured here were producing groundbreaking work from 1960 to the mid-1980s, a period that saw a great number of social and political shifts, including the women’s rights movement. They captured personal and collective joys and hardships through a range of media, including installation, photography, and video. While enjoying this exhibition, be sure to soak up the wisdom, grit, and grace found in the work of Lygia Clark, Ana Mendieta, Feliza Bursztyn, and Isabel Castro.
Image via Alejandra Von Hartz Gallery
Location: The Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA
Dates: Through March 4, 2018
Why We Picked It: Visitors will be granted a rare glimpse into Cuban life and especially the youth culture with this expansive photography presentation at the renowned Annenberg Space for Photography. Comprised of over 120 images, this intriguing and honest exhibition depicts the vibrant music scene, the underground file-sharing network known as “El paquete” and Chonga girls through the lens of fiercely talented photographers, such as Elliot Erwitt, Leysis Quesada, Raúl Cañibano, Tria Giovan, and Michael Dweck.
Image via Michael Christopher Brown
A UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF INFAMY
Location: LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Dates: Through February 19, 2018
Why We Picked It: Named after a collection of short stories by Jorge Luis Borges, this collaboration between the Santa Monica-based 18th Street Arts Center boasts several new installation, performance, video, and sculptures works by 15 pioneering artists, all heavily inspired by anthropology, theater, and linguistics.
Image via Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
VIDEO ART IN LATIN AMERICA
Location: LAXART, 7000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, CA
Dates: Through December 16, 2017
Why We Picked It: Surveying major advancements in the field of video art over the past fifty years, this LAXART showcase will surely delight fans of this always innovative, avant-garde medium. As underscored in this exhibition, video has had a crucial role in protesting Latin American military regimes as well as exposing flaws in labor, environmental, and migration policies.
Image via Javier Calvo
Location: Blum & Poe, 2727 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Dates: Through October 14, 2017
Why We Picked It: First emerging on the Brazilian art scene in the 1980s with her whimsical installations, drawings, videos and assemblages, Brazilian multi-media artist Solange Pessoa makes Los Angeles debut with this masterfully-crafted Blum & Poe show. Guests can wander around her playful, indigenous-inspired clay eggs sprawled out on the floor as well as admire her macabre black sculptures covered in fabric, hair, and bird feathers that seem to reach out like limbs.
Image via Blum & Poe