It’s official: Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is launching.
After five years of planning supported by more than $16 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, this third and most ambitious arts initiative since 2011 activates more than 100 exhibitions, programs and events about Latin American and Latino art at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California.
The first Pacific Standard Time began as an effort to rescue the history of L.A.’s art archives that document the beginnings of significant movements, including feminist art, Chicano art and light and space.
“It mushroomed from there,” says Joan Weinstein, deputy director of the Getty Foundation. “As soon as the first Pacific Standard Time closed, everybody wanted to know, ‘What’s the next one?’”
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is driven less by archives and more by original research linked by eight different themes, such as Pre-Hispanic to Colonial or Art and Activism, to help people navigate the immensity of the program. Within each theme are sub-themes, some of which are highlighted here:
Rethinking Latin America’s boundaries
Many people think of Latin America as the region from the Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego while ignoring the islands of the Caribbean, which includes Spanish-speaking Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
But did you know it also includes French-speaking St. Martinique, English Creole-speaking Saint Lucia, and Dutch-speaking Aruba?
The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach explores the relationship of these islands even though they speak different languages in “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago,” featuring a $15 a ticket opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 16. Artists reveal how their Caribbean roots inform and shape their paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, performances, and installations.
Eighty artists reveal how their Caribbean roots inform and shape their paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, performances, and installations. Highlights include the video “Jet Blast” by Curacao photographer René Emil Bergsma about the popular tourist attraction of watching large commercial planes arriving and departing from Princess Juliana Airport on the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Martin.
“It’s this crazy arrival where the planes kick up this huge sandstorm, and it’s a humorous video. It’s lively and festive, but of course it has a darker message,” says Tatiana…