6 South Bay Cultural Spots to Visit for PST: LA/LA

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Straddled along the western and southern edges of Los Angeles County and hugging the Pacific coast, the South Bay and Long Beach region is rich in culture and steeped in art. On September 23 and 24, as part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (also known as PST: LA/LA), the area will host an extraordinary weekend of exhibitions and events.

Six museums and cultural centers in the South Bay/Long Beach Hub have formed a unique, interconnected experience for those seeking provocative and creative works of art. The exhibits will explore a myriad of sociological, political, environmental, and culture issues rooted in diverse Latin American communities here in the U.S., Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean.

1. ESMoA presents HOPE, highlighting the reciprocal influence of western and Latin American
video and new media art in Cuba.

Fidel Garcia, STATIC, 2009–2013. FM transmitter, radio antenna, MP3 player, micro controller interface, solar panel, 12v. battery, metal framework

2. Angels Gate Cultural Center exhibits Coastal/Border, featuring works by artists who look
at how California’s coast is fortified as a border, and how that impacts diasporic Latin
communities within L.A. and beyond.

Coastal/Border, Photograph, 2016, courtesy Angels Gate Cultural Center

3. Torrance Art Museum offers The Cuban Matrix, with works by Cuban artists that focus on social
manifestations coming from media technologies and Yoshua Okón: Oracle, a video installation
focusing on the ongoing crisis of refugee children from Central America.

Jorge Otero Escobar, Stampede (from the series War Hero), 2014. Digital print

 

Yoshua Okón, Oracle, video still, 2015. Courtesy of the artist Yoshua Okón: Oracle

4. Otis College of Art and Design’s Ben Maltz Gallery features Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and
Activism in the Americas, an investigation of contemporary community-based social art practices in
Latin America and Los Angeles.

Alfadir Luna, El Señor del Maiz, 2012. Chromogenic print. Photo: Anayatzin Ortiz. Colección Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey

5. University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach showcases the extraordinary
breadth of the pioneer conceptual artist, David Lamelas. Encompassing post-minimalist sculpture,
photography, video installations, and film, David Lamelas: A Life of Their Own presents many of the
artist’s key works in the U.S. for the first time.

David Lamelas, Signaling of Three Objects, 1968. Edition 5 + 1 AP. © David Lamelas. Courtesy of the artist, Jan Mot, Sprüth Magers, and Maccarone, New York/Los Angeles

6. Museum of Latin American Art features work by over 80 artists in Relational Undercurrents:
Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago
, a focus on 21st century art of the Caribbean, as seen
through the framework of the archipelago, and includes painting, installation art, sculpture,
photography, video, and performance.

Tony Capellán, Mar Invadido/Invaded Sea, 2015. Found objects from the Caribbean Sea. Installation view: Poetics of Relation, Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2015. Collection of the Artist. Photo courtesy of Oriol Tarridas Photography

Aiming to remove the difficulties of transportation in Southern California for visitors, the
South Bay/ Long Beach Hub venues have worked together to secure free shuttle buses. Three routes
have been designed so that participants can easily select their visits to some or all of the Hub venues
based on time or interests. Shuttles and admission to the institutions are free to the public the entire
weekend.

For more details about each exhibition and a schedule of events, visit pstsouthbaylongbeachhub.org.

 

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