Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Neighborhood Guide

Discover hidden gem museums and galleries across L.A.
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Eduardo Sarabia, "Desert Daze," 2015. Oil on Canvas, 185 cm x 255 cm. Private Collection, Guadalajara. | Photo by Albert Terrat, courtesy of PST LA/LA

Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA involves more than 70 Southern California cultural institutions, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara to San Diego, participating in a vibrant and diverse array of exhibitions, public events and performances that explore Latin American and Latino art.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will be taking place at some of the crown jewels of L.A.'s world-class cultural attractions, including the Getty Center, LACMA, MOCA, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl. PST: LA/LA will also be a great opportunity to discover less well-known arts venues. Read on for highlights of exhibits on view at hidden gem museums and galleries across L.A.

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Alfredo de Batuc, "Día de los Muertos," 1979. Copyright: Self Help Graphics & Art, Alfredo de Batuc. | Photo courtesy of PST: LA/LA

Downtown & East L.A.

ICA LA - Martín Ramírez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation (Sept. 9 - Dec. 31, 2017)
Opened in September 2017, the new Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA) is housed in a renovated industrial building in Downtown L.A. Founded in 1984 as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA), ICA LA’s 12,700 square-foot facility features 7,500 square feet of exhibition space, as well as areas for public programs, offices, and a café scheduled to open in 2018.

On view at ICA LA through Dec. 31, Martín Ramírez: His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation is the first monographic presentation of the celebrated self-taught artist in Southern California. The exhibition features 50 drawings and collages produced by Ramírez while he was institutionalized from 1931 until his death in 1963. Despite his confinement, Ramírez produced remarkable drawings collaged from found paper and executed with matchsticks, melted crayons, and other makeshift implements.

The Mistake Room - Eduardo Sarabia: Drifting on a Dream (Sept. 16 - Nov. 18, 2017)
The Mistake Room (TMR) connects L.A. to peoples, places, and histories that exist well beyond its confines through initiatives at home and abroad. TMR produces and presents ambitious new commissions, research-driven exhibitions, experimental projects, and publications in collaboration with artists creative makers living and working around the world.

Eduardo Sarabia: Drifting on a Dream is the first solo exhibition of L.A.-born, Guadalajara-based artist Eduardo Sarabia in Los Angeles in almost a decade. The exhibition will bring together some of the artist’s most iconic previous projects as well as a host of new works. Loosely organized in three intersecting environments that represent recurring archetypal characters in Eduardo's oeuvre—The Migrant, The Mystic, and The Greater Fool—Drifting on a Dream will take viewers into the many worlds conceived and made real by an artist whose practice embodies the tensions and possibilities that come with living between nations.

Self Help Graphics & Art - Día de los Muertos (Sept. 17, 2017 - Jan. 20, 2018)
Founded in 1970 in the heart of East Los Angeles, Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) is dedicated to the production, interpretation, and distribution of prints and other art media by Chicana/o and Latina/o artists. SHG's multi-disciplinary, inter-generational programs promote artistic excellence and empower the community by providing access to space, tools, training and capital.  

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an integral part of the cultural and artistic landscape of Los Angeles. The sacred indigenous tradition has been remixed into a commercial holiday that blends Mexican, Latino, and American pop culture iconography with indigenous and Catholic spiritual aesthetics. Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present, and Future traces the evolution of SHG's celebration of Día de los Muertos with historical prints, photographs, and ephemera, as well as three newly commissioned altars from artists Ofelia Esparza (L.A.), Gerardo “Acamonchi” Yépiz (Tijuana), and Marcus Kuiland-Nazario (L.A.).

Vincent Price Art Museum - Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell (Sept. 16, 2017 - Feb. 10, 2018)
The Vincent Price Art Museum at East L.A. College provides a unique educational resource for the diverse audiences of the college and the community through the exhibition, interpretation, collection, and preservation of works in all media of the visual arts.

Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell is the first comprehensive retrospective of photographer Laura Aguilar, assembling more than 130 works produced over three decades. Through photographs and videos that are frequently political as well as personal, Aguilar spans performative, feminist, and queer art genres with candid portrayals of herself, her friends and family, and the LGBT and Latinx communities.

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"Sense of Place." Artist rendering, Estudio Jose Dávila, 2017. | Courtesy of PST: LA/LA

Hollywood & West Hollywood

LAXART - Video Art in Latin America (Sept. 17 - Dec. 16, 2017)
Founded in 2005, LAXART is one of L.A.'s premier alternative venues. A platform for emerging and under-recognized talent, its mission has expanded to encompass thematic exhibitions that engage with key issues of our time.

Video Art in Latin America is a landmark exhibition that presents more than 60 works of video art from Latin America, many never before seen in the U.S., from the 1960s until today. Visitors will encounter several immersive video art installations in the center of the exhibition space, as well as three galleries featuring single channel videos arranged in six thematic programs. A specially curated library adjacent to the gallery spaces will function as a "study room" featuring dozens of books on the subject, including many rare and out-of-print books.

LACE - Juan Downey: Radiant Nature (Sept. 13, 2017 - Dec. 03, 2017)
Founded in 1978, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) is an internationally recognized pioneer among art institutions. The nonprofit experimental space exhibits and advocates for innovations in art-making and public engagement.

LACE and Pitzer College Art Galleries will mount a two-part exhibition, Juan Downey: Radiant Nature, focused on the early performance-based works of Juan Downey. Comprising interactive electronic sculptures, happenings and performances, and installation, many of these experimental and ephemeral works have not been seen since their original presentations.

LAND at West Hollywood Park - Jose Dávila: Sense of Place (Sept. 16, 2017 - May 27, 2018)
LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) was founded in 2009 and is committed to curating site-specific public art exhibitions in Los Angeles and beyond. LAND brings contemporary art outside of the walls of museums and galleries, into our shared public spaces and unique sites.

LAND has commissioned Guadalajara-based artist Jose Dávila to create Sense of Place, a multi-site, large-scale, public sculpture exhibition. The six ton concrete sculpture will be on view to the public at West Hollywood Park from sunrise to sunset through November 2017. It will begin to disassemble into 40 individual sculpture pieces and then migrate throughout the city to be reinstalled in approximately 20 different public sites. Public programming will be announced throughout the exhibition to celebrate the sculpture’s migration.

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery - Condemned To Be Modern (Sept. 10, 2017 - Jan. 27, 2018)
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Founded in 1954, LAMAG promotes, interprets, and presents the work of emerging and established artists from culturally diverse Southern California.

Condemned To Be Modern exhibits the work of 21 contemporary artists who have responded critically to the history of modernist architecture in Latin America. In works produced during the last two decades, these artists explore the effects, contradictions, and contested legacies of modernism in Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico as expressed through government buildings, public housing, universities, and even new cities during moments of radical political and social change.

ONE Gallery - Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. (Sept. 9 - Dec. 31, 2017)
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries is the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. Founded in 1952, ONE Archives currently houses over two million archival items including periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records, and personal papers.  

Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. maps the intersections and collaborations among a network of queer Chicano artists and their artistic collaborators from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. This period was bookended by the Chicano Moratorium, gay liberation, and feminist movements on one end, and the AIDS crisis on the other. For many artists in the exhibition, Axis Mundo marks the first historical examination of their work to date. The exhibition will be presented at the ONE Gallery in West Hollywood and the nearby MOCA Pacific Design Center.

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Ana Serrano, "Cartonlandia," 2008. (detail) | Photo courtesy of Craft & Folk Art Museum, Facebook


Craft & Folk Art Museum - The US-Mexico Border (Sept. 10, 2017 - Jan. 07, 2018)
Located at Museum Row in the Miracle Mile since 1965, the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) explores the leading edge of craft, art, and design with exhibits that showcase diverse makers and artists whose work is often not represented in larger art institutions.

Since the 1990s, the US-Mexico border has become an important site for creative exploration of issues related to emigration, immigration, labor conditions, hybrid identities, and transformation. The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility presents the work of contemporary artists who explore the border as a physical reality (place), as a subject (imagination), and as a site for production and solution (possibility).

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"Oxum—A Rainha das águas doces" ("Oxum—The Queen of Fresh Waters") from the series "Orixás," 2016. Digitally enhanced photograph. Drawing by Tauan Carmo, photograph by Tiago Troccoli. Courtesy Tauan Carmo Artwork © Tauan Carmo | Fowler Museum at UCLA


18th Street Arts Center - Virtues of Disparity (Sept. 9 - Dec. 15, 2017)
18th Street Arts Center is one of the top 20 artist residency programs in the U.S. Founded in 1988, 18th Street encourages contemporary artists from around the globe to create new work by providing artists the space and time to take risks in ways that further the development of their practice.

A Universal History of Infamy is a multi-site exhibition engaging 16 U.S. Latino and Latin American artists and collectives that defy boundaries. A Universal History of Infamy is taking place at three venues: A Universal History of Infamy at LACMA, a project by Vincent Ramos at Charles White Elementary School, and Virtues of Disparity at 18th Street Arts Center. Virtues of Disparity is structured around themes of reproduction and deception. The featured works will investigate the shortcomings of different systems of writing and transcriptions. 18th Street is also hosting a series of residencies for artists and collectives that will serve as the foundation for the larger A Universal History of Infamy project.

Annenberg Space for Photography - Cuba Is (Sept. 9, 2017 - March 4, 2018)
The first solely photographic cultural destination in the L.A. area, the Annenberg Space for Photography is dedicated to exhibiting both digital and print photography in an intimate environment. The space features state-of-the-art, 4K digital technology as well as traditional prints by some of the world's most renowned photographers and a selection of emerging photographic talents.  

Cuba Is explores aspects of Cuba not easily accessed by foreigners, and sometimes not even by Cubans themselves. Over 120 photos feature subjects ranging from defiant youth known as “frikis” to the hard-partying children of the 1%, the underground system of sharing digital content—“El paquete”—to Miami’s Chonga girls. The exhibit includes a VR experience that delves into Cuba’s dynamic music scene, taking visitors on a virtual stroll along the storied Malecón. Work from Violet Isle: A Duet of Photographs from Cuba, by Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, will be featured in an outdoor exhibit adjacent to the Photo Space. Additionally, the Annenberg Space’s Skylight Studios presents RESOLVIENDO, an interactive installation revealing the creative drive of the Cuban people.

CSUN Art Galleries - The Great Wall of Los Angeles (Oct. 14 - Dec. 16, 2017)
Located on the campus of California State University, Northridge (CSUN), the University Art Galleries is a major art exhibition space in the San Fernando Valley that has mounted over 500 exhibitions since 1980.

The Great Wall of Los Angeles: Judith F. Baca's Experimentations in Collaboration and Concrete surveys the nearly 50-year career of CSUN alumna Judith F. Baca, an acclaimed L.A. muralist, mentor, educator, and community activist. The exhibit highlights the creative process of Baca’s The Great Wall of Los Angeles (begun in 1976), a 2,754 foot-long mural that runs along the concrete wall of the Tujunga Flood Control Channel in the San Fernando Valley. The Great Wall depicts crucial moments in California, from its prehistory until the 1950s, and is currently expanding into the 1960s and '70s. The mural has recently been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, making the exhibition a unique opportunity to explore its development over multiple summers (1976, 1978, 1980, 1981, and 1983).

Fowler Museum at UCLA - Axé Bahia (Sept. 24, 2017 - April 15, 2018)
Part of UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture, the Fowler Museum at UCLA explores global arts and cultures with an emphasis on works from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas—past and present.

Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis explores the distinctive cultural role of Salvador, the coastal capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. Since the 1940s, Salvador has been an internationally renowned center of Afro-Brazilian culture, and it remains an important hub of African-inspired artistic practices in Latin America. Axé Bahia is the most comprehensive presentation of Bahian arts in the U.S. to date, and features more than 100 works from the mid-20th century to the present, including a stunning array of sculpture, painting, photography, video, and installation art.

Skirball Cultural Center - Anita Brenner’s Mexico (Sept. 14, 2017 - Feb. 25, 2018)
The Skirball Cultural Center is guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. Open to the public since 1996, the Skirball has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions and among the leading cultural venues in L.A.  

Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico offers a new perspective on the art and visual culture of Mexico and its relationship to the United States as seen through the life and work of the Mexican-born, American Jewish writer Anita Brenner. An integral part of the circle of Mexican modernists in the 1920s, Brenner played an important role in promoting and translating Mexican art, culture, and history for audiences in the U.S.

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"Coastal/Border" | Photo courtesy of Angels Gate Cultural Center


Angels Gate Cultural Center - Coastal/Border (Sept. 17 - Dec. 17, 2017)
Located in San Pedro, Angels Gate Cultural Center brings art and culture to the community through interactive classes, gallery exhibits of both local and international artists, professional artists’ studios, art education programs in the schools, and cultural events.

Coastal/Border is an exhibition of original site-responsive performance and installation work with corresponding public programming. Inspired by the landscape and history of the area surrounding Angels Gate Cultural Center, six Southern California based artists will interrogate how the coast is fortified as border, and how in turn that impacts the Latino/Latina communities of Los Angeles and beyond.

ESMoA - HOPE (Sept. 17, 2017 - Jan. 28, 2018)
ESMoA is an art laboratory located in El Segundo. Since opening in January 2013, ESMoA has functioned as a catalyst for creative thinking and expression, sparking the light of inspirational sources while embracing creativity in a broad sense that distinguishes it from classic museums.

Over the last five decades, Cuban artists have used video art to explore the sociological, anthropological, political, spiritual and cultural realities of the island and its purposeful isolation. HOPE will highlight how a country full of contradictions became one of the most interesting places for the creation of contemporary art, and new media art in particular, as these artists fused mainstream models of video art (notably including Hollywood films) with Latin American influences.

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Leopoldo Méndez, "Fusilamiento," 1950. Linoleum cut, 16x20 in. LACMA, Gift of Jules and Gloria Heller. Artwork © Leopoldo Méndez Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City. | Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA, courtesy of USC PAM

Pasadena & San Marino

The Huntington Library - Visual Voyages (Sept. 16, 2017 - Jan. 08, 2018)
The world-renowned Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational center serving scholars and the general public. Surrounded by 120 acres of breathtaking grounds highlighting diverse botanical collections, two art galleries and a library showcase magnificent collections of rare books and manuscripts, European art from the 15th to the early 20th century, and American art from the late 17th to the mid 20th century.  

Visual Voyages: Images of Latin American Nature from Columbus to Darwin is a sweeping international loan exhibition that explores how the depiction of Latin American nature contributed to art and science from the late 1400s to the mid-1800s. Presented in the MaryLou and George Boone Gallery, Visual Voyages features more than 150 paintings, rare books, illustrated manuscripts, prints, and drawings from The Huntington’s holdings as well as from dozens of other collections. Many of these works will be on view for the first time in the United States.

USC Pacific Asia Museum - Winds from Fusang (Dec. 08, 2017 - June 10, 2018)
Located in Pasadena, the USC Pacific Asia Museum's mission is to further intercultural understanding through the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Currently closed for seismic retrofit, USC PAM will reopen on Dec. 8 with Winds from Fusang: Mexico and China in the Twentieth Century, the first major exhibition on the heretofore unexamined influence of Mexican art and artists on the development of art in China in the twentieth century. The exhibition, its accompanying publication, and public programs will present the trans-Pacific ties between the creative communities of Mexico and China in the last century.