Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

September 10, 2017

Pacific Standard Time was established a decade ago as a joint initiative between the Getty Foundation and the Getty Research Institute to explore and celebrate the history of art in Southern California. Over the past several years, it has grown into a region-wide collaborative program, culminating in a series of thematically linked exhibitions at cultural institutions across Los Angeles.

Installation view of a group exhibition curated by artists Gabriel Kuri and Abraham Cruzvillegas on view at Regen Projects through October 28th (Image courtesy of Regen Projects).

The first program, Pacific Standard Time: Art In L.A. 1945-1980, was dedicated to the birth of the L.A. art scene. Between October 2011 and March 2012 over 60 institutions made its own contributions to the large-scale exploration of artistic innovation and social change in post-World War II in Los Angeles.

Conflict of Meaning (Film Script) (1972/2008) by David Lamelas is featured in “Time As Activity” on display at Spruth Magers (Image courtesy of Spruth Magers).

This year’s program, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, takes place from September 2017 through January 2018. PST: LA/LA will present a wide variety of important works of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. While the majority of exhibitions have an emphasis on modern and contemporary art, there are many crucial shows concerning the ancient world and the pre-modern era.

Nuno Ramos’ Serie Rocha de Gritos 19 (2017) is on display at Hauser & Wirth through October 18th (Image courtesy of Hauser & Wirth).


Regen Projects
In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Regen Projects is pleased to present a group exhibition curated by artists Gabriel Kuri and Abraham Cruzvillegas, long time friends and collaborators.  The artists began their curatorial process by asking the following questions: What defines us? Is it the time zone we inhabit? Is it the continent on which we live? Are borders still representative symbols that help to define us, but which we do not fully understand? The exhibition, on view through October 28th, features works in a variety of media by Latin American artists from 1945 to the present.

Ad Minoliti’s Cyborg Paintings are on view at Cherry and Martin as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (Image courtesy of Cherry and Martin).

Spruth Magers
Time As Activity, an exhibition of ongoing films structural films and videos by David Lamelas is on display at Spruth Magers LA through October 21st. The exhibition will feature eleven films and highlight both the consistencies and the diversity between them and will trace the evolution of the series, as well as the various locales that have influenced the artist’s four decade long career. The films also explore recurring themes found across his multimedia work, including architectural space, the language of film, and the experience of time and duration.

Waiting (1982) by Josely Caravalho is among the works featured in “Radical Women: Art in Latin America, 1960-1985” presented by the Hammer Museum (Image courtesy of Hammer Museum).

Hauser & Wirth
Hauser and Wirth LA presents a group exhibition entitled Building Material: Process and Form in Brazilian Art, which opens September 14th. Taking as its point of departure the work of pioneering artist Geraldo de Barros, the show features works by three generations of artists, exposing similarities between the materials, processes, and forms the artist’s have embraced since the Concrete and Neo-Concrete movements of the 1950s and 60s. The exhibition explores the ways in which Barros’ innovations have influenced the work of artists from subsequent generations: Rodrigo Cass, Ivens Machado, Paulo Monteiro, Nuno Ramos, Celso Renato, Lucas Simões, and Erika Verzutti.

Installation view of Anna Maria Maolino on view at MOCA (Image courtesy of MOCA).

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Hammer Museum 
As part of “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA”, The Hammer Museum presents Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985. The exhibition, on view September 15 – December 31st, will explore the contribution of Latin American women artists, as well as those of Latino and Chicano heritage in the United States to contemporary art. With more than 100 artists and fifteen countries represented in the show, Radical Women constitutes the first show to directly address the genealogy of feminist art practices and influence in Latin America and internationally.

Hermelindo Fiaminghi is among the artists featured in “Making Art Concrete,” a group exhibition on display at the Getty through February 11, 2018 (Image courtesy of the Getty Museum).

Anna Maria Maiolino, the Brazilian artist’s first major museum retrospective in the United States, is on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art LA (MOCA) through December 31st. This comprehensive survey is comprised of woodblock prints, visceral cement sculptures, drawings, installations, and politically-charged performances and film, and spans over five decades of the artist’s career. Visitors will explore Brazilian art history and major postwar movements channeled through Maiolino’s personal, psychologically charged practice that not only charts her own path as a mother, migrant and global citizen, but poses significant philosophical questions of repetition and difference, transience and permanence.

A portrait of Eva Peron by Annemarie Heinrich is featured in “Photography in Argentina, 1850-2010” on view at the Getty (Image courtesy of the Getty Museum).

Getty Museum
Making Art Concrete, presented by the Getty in collaboration with “Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros,” will open on September 16, 2017 – February 11, 2018. The exhibition examines the material choices, and formal and aesthetic processes utilized by the painters and sculptors associated with the Concrete Art Movement in Brazil and Argentina between 1946 and 1962.

Also on view at the Getty through January 28, 2018, is Photography in Argentina: 1850-2010.  Featuring over 300 photographs by 60 artists, the exhibition examines crucial periods and movements throughout Argentina’s history in which photography played a critical role.


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