Contemporary Art in the Americas Arte Contemporáneo en las Américas

A Universal History of Infamy

Curated by Rita Gonzalez, José Luis Blondet and Pilar Tompkins Rivas

LACMA Los Angeles, California, USA 08/20/2017 – 02/19/2018

Ángela Bonadies, The Kitchen/La cocina (LA New Times Western School; Onnuri Church; Jin Young Yoon), 2016 and Street Meeting, 2016, 2017 from the series David Alfaro Siqueiros, Street Meeting, LA, 1932, 2016–2017, courtesy of the artist, installation view in A Universal History of Infamy, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, August 20, 2017–February 19, 2018, © Ángela Bonadies, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Josefina Guilisasti, Resilientes/Resilients, 2017, detail, bronze casts, courtesy of the artist, © Josefina Guilisasti, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Michael Linares, Museo del palo (Museum of the Stick), 2013–17, and Una historia aleatoria del palo (An Aleatory History of the Stick), 2014, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund, installation view in A Universal History of Infamy, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, August 20, 2017–February 19, 2018, art © Michael Linares, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents A Universal History of Infamy featuring sixteen U.S. Latino and Latin American artists and collaborative teams who work across a range of media—from installation and performance to sculpture and video—and adopt methodologies from diverse disciplines, including anthropology, history, linguistics, and literature. Most of the works on view are new projects that began during two-month residencies at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. The exhibition spans three venues—a school (Charles White Elementary School), an artist residency complex (18th Street Arts Center), and an encyclopedic museum, LACMA—offering different perspectives, approaches, and scales in each location.

A Universal History of Infamy is presented as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, and curated by Rita Gonzalez, curator and acting department head of contemporary art at LACMA; José Luis Blondet, curator of special initiatives at LACMA; and Pilar Tompkins Rivas, director of the Vincent Price Art Museum.

The title for the exhibition is borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges’s A Universal History of Infamy, a 1935 collection of short stories in which the Argentinian author draws on disparate literary sources—from Mark Twain to Japanese tales—to devise an incomplete encyclopedic volume on infamy. The “A” that begins the title announces the shortcomings of any “universal” history or comprehensive survey. Similarly, the artists represented here upend any notion of absoluteness—regarding what constitutes Latin America and its diaspora, the art that can be associated with this region, and how to approach the complex relationship between culture and place.

A Universal History of Infamy addresses Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’s concept of mutual enrichment and dialogue between Latin America and Los Angeles,” says Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. “With most of the featured works produced just this year, this exhibition presents a unique opportunity to experience artworks created by U.S. Latino and Latin American artists today.”

Co-curators Rita Gonzalez, José Luis Blondet, and Pilar Tompkins Rivas add, “One of the goals of the exhibition is to showcase compelling artists from different generations and various levels of international recognition. For many of the featured artists, this is their first time exhibiting work in Los Angeles.”

Artists in exhibition: Ángela Bonadies, Mariana Castillo Deball, Carolina Caycedo, Josefina Guilisasti, Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj, Runo Lagomarsino, Fernanda Laguna, Michael Linares, Mapa Teatro, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, NuMu [Stefan Benchoam, Jessica Kairé], Gala Porras-Kim, Vincent Ramos, Oscar Santillán, Carla Zaccagnini, Zinny & Maidagan

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Ángela Bonadies, The Kitchen/La cocina (LA New Times Western School; Onnuri Church; Jin Young Yoon), 2016 and Street Meeting, 2016, 2017 from the series David Alfaro Siqueiros, Street Meeting, LA, 1932, 2016–2017, courtesy of the artist, installation view in A Universal History of Infamy, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, August 20, 2017–February 19, 2018, © Ángela Bonadies, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Josefina Guilisasti, Resilientes/Resilients, 2017, detail, bronze casts, courtesy of the artist, © Josefina Guilisasti, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

Michael Linares, Museo del palo (Museum of the Stick), 2013–17, and Una historia aleatoria del palo (An Aleatory History of the Stick), 2014, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund, installation view in A Universal History of Infamy, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, August 20, 2017–February 19, 2018, art © Michael Linares, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents A Universal History of Infamy featuring sixteen U.S. Latino and Latin American artists and collaborative teams who work across a range of media—from installation and performance to sculpture and video—and adopt methodologies from diverse disciplines, including anthropology, history, linguistics, and literature. Most of the works on view are new projects that began during two-month residencies at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. The exhibition spans three venues—a school (Charles White Elementary School), an artist residency complex (18th Street Arts Center), and an encyclopedic museum, LACMA—offering different perspectives, approaches, and scales in each location.

A Universal History of Infamy is presented as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, and curated by Rita Gonzalez, curator and acting department head of contemporary art at LACMA; José Luis Blondet, curator of special initiatives at LACMA; and Pilar Tompkins Rivas, director of the Vincent Price Art Museum.

The title for the exhibition is borrowed from Jorge Luis Borges’s A Universal History of Infamy, a 1935 collection of short stories in which the Argentinian author draws on disparate literary sources—from Mark Twain to Japanese tales—to devise an incomplete encyclopedic volume on infamy. The “A” that begins the title announces the shortcomings of any “universal” history or comprehensive survey. Similarly, the artists represented here upend any notion of absoluteness—regarding what constitutes Latin America and its diaspora, the art that can be associated with this region, and how to approach the complex relationship between culture and place.

A Universal History of Infamy addresses Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’s concept of mutual enrichment and dialogue between Latin America and Los Angeles,” says Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. “With most of the featured works produced just this year, this exhibition presents a unique opportunity to experience artworks created by U.S. Latino and Latin American artists today.”

Co-curators Rita Gonzalez, José Luis Blondet, and Pilar Tompkins Rivas add, “One of the goals of the exhibition is to showcase compelling artists from different generations and various levels of international recognition. For many of the featured artists, this is their first time exhibiting work in Los Angeles.”

Artists in exhibition: Ángela Bonadies, Mariana Castillo Deball, Carolina Caycedo, Josefina Guilisasti, Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj, Runo Lagomarsino, Fernanda Laguna, Michael Linares, Mapa Teatro, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, NuMu [Stefan Benchoam, Jessica Kairé], Gala Porras-Kim, Vincent Ramos, Oscar Santillán, Carla Zaccagnini, Zinny & Maidagan

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