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A Message From The CEO

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LA Plaza teams up with PST: LA/LA
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Wed, 2017-08-30
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Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Brings Art of Olympic Proportions to Los Angeles

 

The opening of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA In September 2017 is the cultural equivalent of the Olympic Games for the local art and museum world of greater Los Angeles. For the past three years, artists and curators have been in “training” for the six-month celebration that will take place at 70 venues, from San Diego to Santa Barbara counties. During that time, Los Angeles will serve as the epicenter of the international art world, with all eyes focused locally on PST: LA/LA.

 

Sponsored by the Getty and Bank of America, PST: LA/LA celebrates the rich and varied artistic ties that link Los Angeles with Latin America and the Caribbean. Taking the form of exhibitions, catalogs, discussions, performances and more, PST: LA/LA explores Latin American and Latino art from the ancient world to the present day. The wide range of topics include photography in Cuba; radical Latin American female artists; the power of art in an Afro-Brazilian metropolis; Latin American cinema from 1930 to 1960; Chicano art and activism, and much more.

 

LA Plaza is honored to be part of the festivities through our exhibition of ¡Murales Rebeldes! Chicano/a Murals under Siege presented in conjunction with the California Historical Society. Our exhibition focuses on eight Chicano murals created in the 1970s to the 1990s that were censored, neglected, whitewashed, or destroyed. We tell the story of how their iconography, content, and artistic strategies challenged dominant cultural norms and historical narratives, through the exhibition, a fully-illustrated catalog, and a series of public programs.

 

We are also pleased to bring back to life an iconic mural created by Barbara Carrasco that has not been seen since 1990. This 80 x 16 foot masterpiece, L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective will be displayed in all its glory for one-month only at Union Station beginning late-September. Don’t miss it! Learn more about our landmark exhibition at www.muralesrebeldes.org.

 

While PST: LA/LA is largely about art, it speaks to a broader theme of cultural commonalities that link the Western hemisphere. It comes at the right time when these bonds are being questioned and when voices within the country would wall us off from our neighbors to the south. Learn more about the full lineup of PST activities at www.pacificstandardtime.org.

 

Our exhibit would not be possible without the support of the Getty, Bank of America, The Getty Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, and many individual contributors. We thank them for their help.

 

The Olympics are a time that bring countries and people together as one. PST: LA/LA will have the same impact. Let the art begin!

 

John Echeveste
LA Plaza CEO