A New Exhibition in Los Angeles Celebrates the Power of Latino Art
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. The opening of the exhibition is signigicant in times of current divisive political moment.
President Donald Trump may speak ill of Latino immigrants in the United States as much as he wants, but one thing is clear: Latin American and Latino art is here to stay.
Pacific Standard Time: LA / LA exhibition kicked off last week under the promise of being the largest "celebration" of Latin American and Latin art in the country, with the participation of more than 70 cultural and artistic institutions in Southern California to highlight the importance of the Hispanic culture in the USA
The president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, Jim Cuno, said that the great artistic effort "reflects both the rich historical past and the vital present of Latin American and Latin art."
According to the L.A Times, the exhibition arrives at a significant time, "given the current divisive political moment, including the threat of border wall expansion and President Trump’s recent decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“Works of art don’t acknowledge political borders,” noted James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust in his introductory remarks.
The exhibit, which will hold exhibitions and cultural events until January 2018, officially opened the public last Thursday with a free celebration from noon to 10:00 p.m. at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.
"It is the first time that so many institutions have come together to make Latin and Latin American art exhibitions and that it is done internationally," Selene Preciado, a spokeswoman for the Getty Foundation, said in an interview with EFE.
"It's also very important that it's happening here in Los Angeles, where more than half the population is Latino. I think it's the perfect place for this to happen," he added.
One of the exhibition is "¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege" which looks at how Chicana/o murals in the greater Los Angeles area have been contested, challenged, censored, and even destroyed.
The photography show "Cuba Is" reveals the complexities of contemporary Cuban life, from expressions of loss and hardship of the past to the vibrancy and optimism that defines Cubans today.
It took five years of planning and more than $ 16 million in grants from the Getty Foundation to make "Pacific Standard Time: LA / LA" a reality.
Among the many visual arts exhibitions, the organizers highlighted the exhibition of the American photographer Laura Aguilar at the Vincent Price Museum of Art and the exhibition "Aztlán a Magulandia: the trip of the Chicano artist Gilbert 'Magu' Luján" at the University of California Irvine.
"One like Latin sometimes thinks that museums are not for us because we do not see ourselves represented, but this time if we are going to be represented by what is very important to go and see us," Preciado concluded.