The Getty-sponsored Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative was a momentous achievement, bringing together dozens of exhibitions at institutions all over Southern California focused on Latin American and Latinx art in Los Angeles. As the ambitious enterprise draws to a close, artists, curators, writers, and educators must now consider what the next steps are. How do we remain committed to further exploring this field, ensuring that the incredible research, scholarship, and momentum gathered over the past few years is just the beginning and not the end?
This is precisely the topic that panelists will be grappling with at the upcoming discussion Chicanx/Latinx Art after PST: LA/LA. Sustaining the Field. The event is organized by US Latinx Art Forum (USLAF), which is dedicated to increasing the visibility of US Latinx art, and Self Help Graphics & Art, the long-running community arts space focused on contemporary Chicano and Latino art. Panelists will include Judithe Hernandez, the veteran LA-based artist who was a member of seminal Chicano arts collective Los Four; Raul Baltazar, whose work deals with decolonization and the struggle of indigenous and mestizo communities in LA; and artist and performer Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, co-founder of Viva!, the nation’s first Latino Gay and Lesbian Arts Organization. Other speakers include Lourdes Ramos, president of the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA), Betty Avila, co-director of Self Help Graphics & Art, and critic, curator, and CSUN professor Mario Ontiveros, whose work explore the links between sociopolitical developments and artistic practice.
A tour of the Self Help Graphics exhibition Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy — which features artwork and altars from four decades of celebrations at the community arts space — with artists Mari Cardenas and Milton Jurado will precede the discussion at 6pm. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested.
When: Friday, February 23, 6–8pm
Where: Self Help Graphics & Art (1300 East 1st Street, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles)
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