The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) has received a $225,000 exhibition/publication grant from the Getty Foundation in support of the museum's proposed Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, MOLAA announced this month.
“We are honored and pleased to be included as a participant in the Getty's monumental effort,” stated Stuart Ashman, MOLAA President and CEO. “We are confident that our exhibition, publication and educational programs will contribute to the knowledge and appreciation of the art of the Caribbean in Southern California and beyond.”
MOLAA will join other arts institutions across Southern California in participation with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an exploration of Latin American and Latino art in a series of related exhibitions opening in September 2017 and running through January 2018.
“In a way that is possible only in Los Angeles, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will implicitly raise complex and provocative issues about present-day relations throughout the Americas and the rapidly changing social and cultural fabric of Southern California,” states the series description.
MOLAA’s Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, will call attention to the often overlooked island nations of the Caribbean. The exhibition proposes an “archipelagic model,” according to the release, defining the Caribbean from the perspective of its islands as distinct from the continental experience. The proposed exhibition studies issues around race, history, colonialism and the environment.
Artists from Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Trinidad, Jamaica, the Bahamas and St. Maarten featured in Relational Undercurrents challenge the conventional geographic and conceptual boundaries of Latin America.
“This approach draws attention to issues arising from the colonial legacy that are relevant to Latin America as a whole, but which emerge as central to the work of 21st-century Caribbean artists, including Janine Antoni (Bahamas), Humberto Diáz (Cuba), Jorge Pineda (Dominican Republic), and Allora and Calzadilla (Puerto Rico),” states the release.