Image courtesy of MOLAA. Tony Capellán (Dominican Republic, b. 1955) Mar invadido, 2015
Six local art institutions, two in Long Beach, have come together to form the South Bay/Long Beach Hub (SB/LB Hub), a collective offering free admission and free shuttle services between each establishment this Saturday and Sunday.
Each of the six entities are participating in the Getty’s widespread exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, known as Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (PST: LA/LA). For five months starting in September, the regional event draws attention to issues about current relations throughout the Americas and the rapidly changing social and cultural fabric of Southern California through the lense of modern and contemporary artists.
The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) and the University Art Museum (UAM) at Cal State Long Beach are participating, as well as ESMoA, an art laboratory in El Segundo, Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, the Torrance Art Museum and Angels Gate Cultural Center.
MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART
Image courtesy of MOLAA. Jeannette Ehlers (Denmark, b. 1973) Black Bullets, 2012
Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago
More than 80 artists with roots in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Curacao, Aruba, St. Maarten, St. Martin, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Trinidad, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Barbados and St. Vincent are included in this exhibit of 21st century art of the Caribbean. Curated by Tatiana Flores, Relational Undercurrents is divided into four sections: Conceptual Mappings, Perpetual Horizons, Landscape Ecologies and Representational Acts, and features paintings, installations, sculpture, photography, video and performance.
Outside of the museum, don’t miss the mural by Puerto Rican artist Sofia Maldonado painted specifically for MOLAA’s PST:LA/LA involvement. Based in San Juan, Maldonado came to Long Beach to paint Promesa using colors of the Caribbean. Relational Undercurrents will be on view through February 25, 2018.
— MOLAA (@molaa) August 28, 2017
Art of the Caribbean: A Conversation with Artists & Curators
This Saturday, September 23, from 1:00PM to 4:00PM, museum guests can hear from Caribbean curators and artists during an exploration of the topics and issues presented in the exhibit. Admission is free.
On Sunday, September 24 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM, MOLAA will host a Caribbean Festival featuring live musical performances, art workshops, face painting, domino games, hair braiding, exhibition tours and more. Admission is free.
UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM
Image courtesy of the UAM.
Organized by the UAM and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires as part of PST: LA/LA, David Lamelas: A Life of Their Own is the first U.S. monographic exhibition by the Argentine-born artist who gained international attention for his work, Office of Information about the Vietnam War at Three Levels, at the 1968 Venice Biennale. Co-curated by UAM curator Kirstina Newhouse and Maria Jose Herrera, director of El Museu de Arte Tigre in Argentina, the works in this exhibition reframes “customary narratives about conceptual art-makers and their practices in the 20th and early 21st century.”
David Lamelas is free to see on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00AM to 5:00PM on the South Bay Shuttle Art Tour, and will be on view through December 10.
SOUTH BAY ARTS INSTITUTIONS
Photo courtesy of Torrance Art Museum of two visitors engaging in Dissonance by Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera.
ESMoA is encouraging visitors to stop by The Fair on Richmond Street presented by the El Segundo Kiwanis on Saturday; Ben Maltz Gallery’s current exhibit Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas investigates social art practices in the Americas and critical issues such as migration and racial violence; the Torrance Art Museum will feature The Cuban Matrix, focusing on the offline digital “mercado” sharing culture surrounding “El Paquete Semanal”: a weekly terabyte packet of downloaded information carried into Cuba and consumed throughout its society, and Yoshua Okon’s work, Oracle; and visitors of Angels Gate Cultural Center will get to check out Coastal/Boarder, an exhibition of site-responsive performance and installation art.
For more details on SB/LB Hub, visit the link here.
Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her on Twitter and Instagram @theasiamorris and via email at [email protected]
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