by Matt Stromberg
This week, the Getty’s long-awaited initiative on Latin American and Latino Art in Los Angeles, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (PST: LA/LA), officially kicks off, with dozens of exhibitions opening at venues all across Southern California. From a survey of pre-Columbian luxury objects at the Getty to the Hammer’s show on Radical Women artists in Latin America to Ken Gonzales-Day’s photographic survey of LA murals, PST: LA/LA ambitiously attempts to capture the breadth of hundreds of years of art from Latin America and by Latina/os in the US.
To celebrate the opening, a day-long launch party will take place this Thursday in Downtown’s Grand Park, featuring live music, dance, workshops, and food trucks. In between performances ranging from traditional Latin American folk music and Brazilian dance to salsa, hip-hop, cumbia, and jazz, visitors can explore various installations, such as “¡Momento!,” an information kiosk and reading room designed by Spinagu, and the traveling “PST: LA/LA Mobile,” which offers previews of many of the works on view through interactive technology.
If you’re not sure where to start your PST: LA/LA experience, Thursday evening at 7pm, Brazilian artist Anna Maria Maiolino will be restaging her 1981 performance, “Entrevidas,” in which she scatters dozens of eggs on the ground and attempts to navigate them, in conjunction with her current MOCA retrospective. And, on Sunday, 50 of the participating institutions — from Ventura to Palm Springs to San Diego — will be offering free admission all day.