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Blurred Boundaries

by C California Style

Art extravaganza “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” opens with an eye on Latin America

At Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (pacificstandardtime.org), Southern California’s behemoth, multimonth art extravaganza, major players such as the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), work in concert alongside university institutions and smaller galleries to create complementary programming. For this year’s event, the spotlight shifts to Latin American and Latino arts and their relationship with Los Angeles. With more than 70 institutions and 65 galleries involved in the spectacle, we home in on five stellar shows to catch.

• Yesteryear’s answer to Birkin bags and Richard Mille watches could arguably be mined at the Getty Center’s exhibition “Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas.” The show traces how the Olmec, Aztec and others used gold and other highly coveted materials such as shell, turquoise and feathers to craft ritual and religious objects. Sept. 16-Jan. 28. 1200 Getty Center Dr., L.A., 310-440-7300; getty.edu.“Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985,” at the Hammer Museum, showcases 116 heroic female voices from 15 countries, whose political work about the body is presented as a daring act. Their art springs forth even under the challenging governments of their homelands. Sept. 15-Dec. 31. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310-443-7000; hammer.ucla.edu.“Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985” looks directly southward through the lens of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s encyclopedic archives and beyond. Furniture, metalwork, ceramics, costumes and more from the pre-Hispanic period to modern day are sourced from LACMA’s various departments and more than 80 lenders to illustrate the unbreakable link between the two regions. Sept. 17-April 1. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323-857-6000; lacma.org. • Commissioned to photograph murals found on the streets of L.A., artist Ken Gonzales-Day reveals the simmering emotions of various communities across the basin. More than 100 photographs are featured in “Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day: Murals, Signs and Mark Making in L.A.,” hinting at the stories, heroes and activism that live on today. Oct. 6-Feb. 25. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., 310-440-4500; skirball.org. • Latin American and Latino contemporary artists apply science fiction and utopian and dystopian landscapes to alter perspective and explore ideas of alienation in “Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas,” at the University of California, Riverside ARTSblock. Sept. 16-Feb. 4. 3824 Main St., Riverside, 951-827-4787; artsblock.ucr.edu.

Written and edited by ELIZABETH KHURI CHANDLER.


This article originally appeared in the September 2017 issue of C Magazine.