Contemporary Art in the Americas Arte Contemporáneo en las Américas
A Curious Herbal

A Curious Herbal

Genevieve Belleveau, Brian Khek, Dwyer Kilcollin, and more...

Garden Los Angeles, California, USA 01/19/2018 – 03/03/2018

Artists: Genevieve Belleveau, Brian Khek, Dwyer Kilcollin, Arden Surdam, Naoki Sutter-Shudo, Alice Wang Garden returns with A Curious Herbal, a group exhibition that investigates varying approaches to botanical representation. Utilizing imagery of flowers, fauna, fruits, and plants, the works included invoke themes of utility and ornament, preservation and mortality, collection and the Archive, arrangement and display. A Curious

A Curious Herbal, Garden, 2018, installation view. Courtesy Garden, Los Angeles. Photo: Jeff McLane. Genevieve Belleveau, Bloom & Bust II, 2018. Frosted acrylic, latex, flowers, plastic. 8.5 x 5.5 x 2.25 inches. Courtesy the artist and Garden, Los Angeles. Photo: Jeff McLane. Genevieve Belleveau, Transactional Aesthetics, 2018. Performed with Themba Alleyne.Durational performance with spoken word,

Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell

Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell

Laura Aguilar

Vincent Price Art Museum Los Angeles, California 09/16/2017 – 02/10/2018

    As part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, The Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College presents Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell. Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell is the first comprehensive retrospective of photographer Laura Aguilar, assembling more than one hundred thirty works produced over three decades. Through photographs and videos that are frequently political

Laura Aguilar, Grounded #111, 2006. Impresión de inyección de tinta, 14 1/2 x 15 pulgadas. Imagen cortesía de la artista y del UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. © Laura Aguilar.   Laura Aguilar, Three Eagles Flying, 1990. Tres impresiones en gelatina de plata, 24 x 20 pulgadas c/u. Imagen cortesía de la artista y del

Mírame

Mírame

by Joey Terrill

A cross-generational narrative of queer Chicanx and Latinx artists finds a common space in LA. I don’t attempt a critique of Pacific Standard Time or the myriad queer Latinx works that will be presented in it. What I offer instead is a personal reflection as a gay Chicano artist who is beginning to be considered an “elder” in the queer community, an

A cross-generational narrative of queer Chicanx and Latinx artists finds a common space in LA. Gabriel Garcia Roman, Carlos & Fernando, 2015. Silkscreen print. Photo courtesy of the artist. I don’t attempt a critique of Pacific Standard Time or the myriad queer Latinx works that will be presented in it. What I offer instead is a personal reflection as

Radical Women in a City of Dreams

Radical Women in a City of Dreams

by Arden Decker

When museums re-write art history to include the women they so long ignored. Wishes, dreams, and fantasies are important parts of our creative lives. They are steps a writer integrates into her craft. They are the spectrum of resources to reach the truth, the heart of things, the immediacy and the impact of human conflict.

When museums re-write art history to include the women they so long ignored. Wishes, dreams, and fantasies are important parts of our creative lives. They are steps a writer integrates into her craft. They are the spectrum of resources to reach the truth, the heart of things, the immediacy and the impact of human conflict.

Cultural Representation and the Demise of NAFTA Cultural Representation and the Demise of NAFTA

Cultural Representation and the Demise of NAFTA

by Eduardo Abaroa

Eduardo Abaroa and Rubén Ortíz-Torres talk about the art scenes in LA and Mexico City framed by globalization in a neoliberal era. Eduardo Abaroa: I want to begin by recalling a discussion we had many times while I was living in Los Angeles, your adopted city. Why is there so little contact between the art

Eduardo Abaroa and Rubén Ortíz-Torres talk about the art scenes in LA and Mexico City framed by globalization in a neoliberal era. Eduardo Abaroa; Total Destruction of the Anthropology Museum (Photoshop), 2016. Photographic mural. Photo courtesy of the artist Eduardo Abaroa: I want to begin by recalling a discussion we had many times while I

Anna Maria Maiolino Anna Maria Maiolino

Anna Maria Maiolino

Anna Maria Maiolino

The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, California, USA 08/04/2017 – 01/22/2018

MOCA presents Anna Maria Maiolino, the Brazilian artist’s first major United States museum retrospective. This large-scale survey covers Maiolino’s extraordinary oeuvre from the early 1960s to the present, bringing together expressive woodblock prints, visceral cement sculptures, politically-charged films and performances, fluid drawings, and monumental installations of unfired clay. Visitors chart a path through Brazilian art history

Installation view of Anna Maria Maiolino, August 4–December 31, 2017 at MOCA Grand Avenue, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest Installation view of Anna Maria Maiolino, August 4–December 31, 2017 at MOCA Grand Avenue, courtesy of The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, photo by Brian Forrest Installation

Art after LA/LA

Art after LA/LA

by Alma Ruiz

How Los Angeles Can Make PST Stick Come September, all of Southern California will be in the thrall of Latin American / Latino art. Why? Because after years of research and hard work by museums, alternative spaces, university galleries, and many other institutions, Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles / Latin America (PST: LA / LA) will be officially inaugurated. This massive effort, spearheaded

Carlos Almaraz, Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit Go to Town, 1982, Collection of Robert M. DeLapp, Los Angeles. © Carlos Almaraz Estate. Photo courtesy Robert M. DeLapp Gallery. How Los Angeles Can Make PST Stick Come September, all of Southern California will be in the thrall of Latin American / Latino art. Why? Because after years of research and hard work

Archiving for New Worlds Archiving for New Worlds

Archiving for New Worlds

by Eunsong Kim and Gelare Khoshgozaran

Monica Rodriguez’s research as practice explores international and intergenerational struggles for Caribbean independence. The Antilles for the Antilleans. This is how Puerto Rican nationalist Ramon Emeterio Betances calls for the independence of the Caribbean and the foundation of an Antillean Confederacy. Artist Monica Rodriguez describes her project Las Antillas para los Antillanos as a consideration

Video Antillano (still of contribution by Luis Vazquez from Trinidad & Tobago). One of the online “exquisite corpse” projects Monica Rodriguez’s research as practice explores international and intergenerational struggles for Caribbean independence. The Antilles for the Antilleans. This is how Puerto Rican nationalist Ramon Emeterio Betances calls for the independence of the Caribbean and the

Let the Building Be the Sign Let the Building Be the Sign

Let the Building Be the Sign

by Anthony Carfello and Brian Mann

From Missions to Mission-style to Mission-branded cubes: how Taco Bell architecture tells us the history of Southern California. “You let the building be the sign” was architect Robert McKay’s promise. His 1962 roadside masterwork shot up at 7126 Firestone Boulevard in the southeastern L.A. County suburb of Downey. A collage of allusions to California’s twenty-one

The first Taco Bell. Downey, CA, 1962. Photo courtesy of Taco Bell Corp. From Missions to Mission-style to Mission-branded cubes: how Taco Bell architecture tells us the history of Southern California. “You let the building be the sign” was architect Robert McKay’s promise. His 1962 roadside masterwork shot up at 7126 Firestone Boulevard in the

Counterspectacles Counterspectacles

Counterspectacles

by Suzy Halajian

Counterspectacles Asco’s ephemeral actions reconfigured the patterns of public space. Stations of the Cross (1971) was the East Los Angeles collective’s first public spectacle: a walking mural along a one-mile stretch of Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, performed on Christmas Eve. It was also Asco’s earliest attempt at reclaiming the streets. The act served as a theatrical, public protest against the

First Supper (After A Major Riot), ©1974, Harry Gamboa Jr. Counterspectacles Asco’s ephemeral actions reconfigured the patterns of public space. Stations of the Cross (1971) was the East Los Angeles collective’s first public spectacle: a walking mural along a one-mile stretch of Whittier Boulevard in East Los Angeles, performed on Christmas Eve. It was also Asco’s earliest attempt at reclaiming the