Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Yields a Permanent Legacy of Scholarship, With More Than 60 New Illustrated Exhibition Catalogues

  • LOS ANGELES, California
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  • October 29, 2017

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Ferdinand Deppe, San Gabriel Mission . Oil on canvas. c. 1832, 27 x 37 in. Laguna Art Museum. Part of the exhibition "California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820–1930 " at Laguna Art Museum.

As a result of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative led by the Getty with more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, more than sixty new illustrated catalogues have now been published, documenting the research for and celebrating the vibrant diversity of the PST: LA/LA exhibitions. The publications are a permanent legacy of the ground-breaking scholarship on Latin American and Latino art generated through more than five years of planning, research and collaborative work among hundreds of curators, artists and scholars.

Catalog cover for "Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985," Courtesy of the Hammer Museum

The catalogues range in subject matter from luxury arts in the pre-Hispanic Americas to 20th-century Afro-Brazilian art, and from alternative spaces in Mexico City to boundary-crossing practices of Latino artists. Publications focus on the work of single iconic artists, such as Anna Maria Maiolino, Valeska Soares, and Carlos Almaraz, as well as on broad movements and themes such as kinetic art, censored Chicano murals, and contemporary Cuban practice.

Highlights include:

  • Wide-ranging volumes such as Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985 from the Hammer Museum, and Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. from MOCA and ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, and Golden Kingdoms: Luxury Art in the Ancient Americas from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute.
  • REDCAT’s collaboration with X Artists’ Books to produce the first complete English translation of The Words of Others, the seminal performance work by artist León Ferrari.
  • Select publications available in Spanish, including: the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara’s Guatemala from 33,000 km: Contemporary Art, 1960 – Present; Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery’s Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas; Riverside Art Museum’s Myth & Mirage: Inland Southern California, Birthplace of the Spanish Colonial Revival; Sunnylands Center & Gardens’ Carved Narrative: Los Hermanos Chávez Morado; and Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico.

 A list of all Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA publications is available at here.

Southern California booksellers Hennessey & Ingalls, Arcana: Books on the Arts, Skylight Books, and Vromans are cooperating with PST: LA/LA to present dozens of the exhibition catalogues. Books can also be purchased at individual museums.

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