Southern California museums feature Latin American art

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Sunday, December 17, 2017
SoCal museums feature Latin American art
Vista L.A. is checking out museums and other art exhibits throughout the Southland that feature some of the most exciting Latin American artwork.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Vista L.A. is checking out museums and other art exhibits throughout the Southland that feature some of the most exciting Latin American artwork.

Pacific Standard Time/The Getty

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is an ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. While the exhibitions will mainly focus on the visual arts, the programs will ultimately expand to touch on music, performance, literature and even cuisine. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibitions will take place at museums and institutions across Southern California.

The Broad Museum's Crosswalk Installation

Another one of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA's art installations brings a striking splash of color to a busy downtown LA crosswalk. The Broad commissioned this installation of Carlos Cruz-Diez's original work, Couleur Additive, just outside its main entrance at 2nd and Grand. Since 1975, Cruz-Diez has applied his research on color by producing large-scale "ephemeral interventions" on crosswalks and walkways around the world, bringing art from inside a museum's traditional walls out into the community. Through his use of crosswalks and walkways, the public becomes participants in and co-authors of the artwork as they interact with and move through them at various times of day. "A work of art in the public space is magical in that people take possession of and become fond of it," said the artist.

Day of the Dead Artist Ricardo Soltero

Día de los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery was envisioned for the purpose of providing an authentic venue in which this ancient tradition could be genuinely observed, celebrated and preserved. At the heart of this sacred event are the meticulously individually-crafted altars and spiritual shrines. These dazzling private tributes and offerings, which provide a link between ancient traditions and modern customs, chronicle the perpetual relation between faith, family and history. Vista L.A. spoke with Ricardo Soltero, the scenic designer of this huge event to hear more. Soltero began working on this event nine years ago as the assistant scenic designer and the event gets bigger each year.

Disney/Pixar's "Coco"

Día de Los Muertos inspired the artists at Pixar to create Disney's newest animated movie, "Coco." Despite his family's generation-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel and his dog Dante find themselves in the Land of the Dead. They set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history. Adrian Molina, co-director and writer of the much-anticipated film, spoke with Vista L.A. at the NALIP summit about the origins of the Day of the Dead-themed movie. He also shared his personal connection to the movie's theme and what he thinks audiences, Latinos in particular, will love about the movie. The film opens in the U.S. Nov. 22, 2017.

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Murales Rebeldes Exhibition

"Murales Rebeldes" is an exhibit currently at Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Olvera Street. During the late 1960s and 1970s, murals became an essential form of artistic response and public voice for the Chicano Movement, at a time when other channels of communication were limited for the Mexican-American community. The exhibition examines a group of murals produced in the greater Los Angeles area from the 70s to the 90s that were subsequently threatened or destroyed, including Barbara Carrasco's "L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective."

Martín Ramírez: His Life in Pictures

The work of self-taught artist Martín Ramírez tells the story of a life filled with hardship but also determination. And now that work is on display in an exhibition called "Martín Ramírez - His Life in Pictures, Another Interpretation." Ramírez was born in Mexico in 1895 and later came to the U.S. to work, but by 1931 he was institutionalized and remained so until his death in 1963. During the three decades he spent institutionalized, Ramírez produced a monumental body of work consisting of intricate drawings. This first presentation of Ramírez's work in Southern California focuses on the artist's iconography and mark-making, his formal connections to mainstream modern art and the significance of his cultural identity as a Mexican-American.

The Graff Lab

The Graff Lab is an urban sanctuary for artists, kids and adults that opened after Los Angeles public schools cut their after-school art programs in 2006. World-famous for its graffiti and aerosol art, The Graff Lab is dedicated to providing artists with a safe space to develop their skills. At The Graff Lab, artists don't have to worry about getting harassed by the police or gangsters; they are free to concentrate on their craft, but The Graff Lab is more than a public art space. The Graff Lab also offers free tutoring and counseling in addition to free dance and music lessons (guitar and drums).

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