More than 200 Latin American and Latino Artists will perform for eleven days in sites throughout greater Los Angeles featuring more than 75 works by Latin American (including Brazil)and Latino Artists, performed at more than 20 indoor and outdoor spaces. Organized by REDCAT – CalArts’s Center for Contemporary Arts, and supported by a major grant from the Getty Foundation, the events will range from large-scale, site-specific performances to multi-artist evenings and will be presented in parks, plazas, galleries, theaters, and busy urban settings.
“Over the last two months, art museums, galleries, and performing arts spaces throughout Southern California have presented exhibitions and events as part of PST: LA/LA, inspiring thousands of people to explore works by Latin American, Latino, and Chicano artists,” said James Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust. “Now, we will connect artists from more than a dozen countries with communities throughout Los Angeles with vital performances that address a variety of issues relevant to the people of the regions represented throughout PST: LA/LA.”
Mark Murphy. executive director of REDCAT said “We’re enthusiastic about working with our partner organizations to present events ranging from community-based projects in neighborhood parks to industrial-strength performance installations”. He is organizing the festival with Associate Director Edgar Miramontes and Gallery Director/Curator Ruth Estévez. “Many of these influential artists are confronting urgent topics, building on the traditions of performance art practice in Latin America and Southern California that are deeply rooted in a history of political and social activism, protest, and struggles for human rights and against colonialism.”
Among the notable events in the Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA will be an outdoor performance titled Durango 66 by the multidisciplinary artists of the Mexico City-based collective Teatro Línea de Sombra, who will explore the connections between student protests in Mexico in the 1960s and more recent political confrontations. Los Angeles artist Raul Baltazar will organize a community gathering and picnic in Ascot Hills Park, inspired by traditional worker celebrations and enhanced with ritualized dance movements. Peru’s celebrated Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani will build on its near-50-year history of experiments merging contemporary performance forms with indigenous movement and music traditions in Discurso de Promoción (Promotional Speech), which questions the revisionist history implied in official language about Peru’s Bicentennial in 2021.
Throughout the festival, Rio de Janeiro art collective OPAVIVARÁ! will activate various locations with interactive events, engaging the public in playful explorations of issues related to the use of urban space. Since 2005, the group has invited participation in ephemeral interventions and community projects that incorporate installation, performance, publishing, sound and video, commenting on Brazil’s political corruption and economic inequality.
Collaborative programs featuring a variety of performers and voices include an interdisciplinary evening of music, spoken word, theater, comedy, and the visual arts at the historic Mayan Theater; a two-day performance art biennial in partnership with the USC Roski School of Arts and Design; and a performance and social practice event featuring new works by five LA-based artists responding to works in the PST: LA/LA exhibition Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell at the Vincent Price Art Museum.
Organizations partnering with REDCAT to present Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA programs include 18th Street Art Center, The Armory Center for the Arts, The Broad, Hammer Museum, Human Resources LA, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Machine Project, The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), USC Roski School of Art & Design, Self Help Graphics & Art, Skirball Cultural Center, and the Vincent Price Art Museum.