Please join us at The Autry Museum for a walkthrough with curator Amy Scott of LA RAZA, the Autry's participating exhibition in Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. We will also view Chicano Male Unbound, a suite of photographs by Harry Gamboa Jr., acquired through a generous grant from PAC/LA.
Published in Los Angeles from 1967 to 1977, the influential bilingual newspaper La Raza engaged photographers as journalists, artists and activists to capture the definitive moments, key players, and signs and symbols of Chicano activism during this pivotal time in the art and history of the United States. LA RAZA is the most sustained examination to date of the alternative press of the Chicano Movement, positioning photography as an artistic medium and a powerful tool of social activism.
In Chicano Male Unbound, photographer, essayist, and performance artist Harry Gamboa Jr. calls into question the relationship between the stereotypes of Mexican American men and the far more diverse community of artists, writers, academics, and creative thinkers who identify as Chicano. Photographed at night and situated within various aspects of Los Angeles’s distinctive urban geography, his subjects together comprise the Chicano avant-garde.
You are invited to a private walkthrough with Curator Rebecca Morse at LACMA of the Sarah Charlesworth show Doubleworld, followed by lunch and a walkthrough at The Craft and Folk Art Museum of their PST show The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility.
We will meet first behind the Urban Light sculpture at LACMA at 10:45 am for the talk at 11. Lunch will be self-serve, either at Ray's, from nearby food trucks, or you are welcome to brown bag it, and bring your own. We are invited to eat on the patio at CAFAM, across the street from LACMA, prior to our walkthrough there, which begins at 1:00 pm.
Please note that our tour does not include free admission to LACMA. LACMA members only will have free admission and can bring a guest as their membership allows. Non-members must be prepared to pay the $25 entrance fee, which gives all-day access to the entire museum. Parking is $15 in the LACMA lot. The entry fee to CAFAM has been waived.
Interdisciplinary artist Ken Gonzales-Day examines the mural landscape of LA—from East LA to Venice Beach, from Pacoima to South LA. Featuring over 140 photographs, Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day: Murals, Signs, and Mark‐Making in LA considers what the city’s walls reveal about its diverse communities. Recording Los Angeles’s unique visual identity and the diversity of its population, Surface Tension asks: What is a mural? Who speaks, and who decides what counts as art?
Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles at more than sixty cultural institutions across Southern California. PAC/LA is a significant sponsor of this exhibition.
Following our talk with Ken, there will be a brief talk devoted to the Anita Brenner exhibit, Another Promised Land, also a part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.
Note that there is a 30 guest limit for this special event.
Please join us for a walkthrough with the artist, PAC member Cindy Bendat.
Join us for a visit to three La Cienega galleries. We begin at Luis De Jesus, where we will be joined by artist Ken Gonzales-Day for a walkthrough of his exhibition Bone-Grass Boy: The Secret Banks of the Conejos River We will then move to Von Lintel Gallery to see Floris Neusüs: Intent and Gesture: Photograms- Color (1966-2007). Then on to Kopeikin Gallery for two exhibitions: Alejandro Cartagena: The Collective Memory of the Worst Place to Live in the World Today if You Are Not White. and the group exhibition Tell Me A Story: Contemporary Mexican Photography, curated by Cartagena.
Bone-Grass Boy: The Secret Banks of the Conejos River (1993-1996; 2017) was created as an artistic response to the heated debates that raged in the late 1980s and early 90s around AIDS, gay and transgender rights, immigration and the border, and multiculturalism - and directly addressed mixed racial identity - at a time when the work by Latinx artists were rarely exhibited or written about. This significant body of work established Gonzales-Day's interest in uncovering missing histories in what can now be seen as his unique use of historical research, and it laid the groundwork for his future projects that include Searching for California Hang Trees, Erased Lynchings, and Profiled.
In 1960, the same year as the “anthropometries” of Yves Klein, Neusüss created his first nude figurephotograms, also known as “Nudogramms.” Neusüss was not concerned with using the photogram technique to record a nude form for the sake of documentation but rather to push experimental boundaries of the photogram medium. The works in this exhibition are experiments in photochemical action painting, which show Neusüss’ use of color in unexpected ways with astounding results. Sponges and rags soaked in fixer or developer are applied to the surface of exposed photograms producing painterly gestures, sometimes highlighted by brushstrokes of pigment.
In his newest body of work, The Collective Memory of the Worst Place to Live in the World Today if You are Not White Mexican photographer Cartagena continues his examination of social, urban and environmental issues but now has micro-trained his lens onto the city of Santa Barbara. Cartagena peels away at the immediate beauty and presents new impressions of the coastal community of Santa Barbara, California.
In Tell Me a Story: Contemporary Mexican Photography, Curator and Mexican photographer Cartagena presents an examination on the breadth of styles and subjects that are being addressed today in contemporary Mexican photography. From the personal to the public, and from the industrial urban city to the northern farmlands of Mexico, these six young creators are exploring the possibilities of the medium and how to address the current social and political situation of a country in crisis. The exhibition includes traditional photo based works and PST LA/LA site specific installation pieces. Participating artists are Aglae Cortes, Fernando Gallegos, Juan Carlos Coppel, José Luis Cuevas, Karla Leyva and Mariela Sancari.
Come for morning coffee and a walkthrough at Christie’s with Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs.
Join us for a visit to two LaBrea Avenue galleries.
Join us for an exclusive walkthrough with Amanda Maddox, curator of both exhibitions.
Doublespeak consists of a selection of over fifty new works by Yale University’s 2017 MFA Photography graduates. The exhibition features work by Farah Al Qasimi, Bek Andersen, Lance Brewer, Harry Griffin, Matthew Leifheit, Walker Olesen, Res, Anna Shimshak, Danna Singer, and Chau Tran, who explore moments between fact and fiction, evidence and artifice, through the medium of photography. Operating within a unique two-year span of unprecedented American politics and media coverage, the artists contend with a new age of documentary anxiety in which truth, consequence, and reality bend under the weight of perceived emotional authenticity. As the title suggests, Doublespeak engages with the distortion of meaning, and within this context the photograph serves as a historical vehicle for ambiguous intention and visual manipulation. Collectively, the works on view offer an intimate perspective on our current political and social landscape.
Please join us at Little Big Man Gallery to visit an exhibition of new work by the contemporary Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki, followed by a group exhibition at 365 Mission Gallery.
Please join us for an exhibition walkthrough of POWER, an exhibition curated by Todd Levin that surveys the work of African American women artists in various media from the nineteenth century to now.
Please join us for a special exhibition walkthrough with the artist.
Navigating the intersections of race, gender, age, and religion, The Powder Room builds upon Gaignard’s practice of character-driven self-portraiture in photography as she introduces a new cast of women, each played by her.
Featuring an international selection of emerging and mid-career artists, Focus Iran 2 democratizes the art form of image making by giving novices and professionals an equal opportunity to offer distinctive visions of contemporary Iran from both inside and outside the country.
Please join us for two exhibition walkthroughs with the artists. First we will see Ellen Cantor's Private Pleasures at dnj gallery, Suite J1 in Bergamot Station, then move on to see Stephen Verona's exhibition Carnivale Candy at EarthWe Gallery next door.
Join us for an exclusive walkthrough with artist York Chang.
Constituent Parts is a collaborative exhibition between York Chang and Justin Cole. Over the course of seven weeks the exhibition will shift and change, with the removal and addition of works, collaborations with invited artists, staged performances, and live broadcasts.
PAC·LA members are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity for a private preview of selections from Phillips upcoming April auction of photographs.
Artist Jaimie Milner spent six years working to show different sides of black men — their beauty, vulnerability and brilliance. The product of that endeavor, “Gifted,” is a photography and interview series on display at Residency art gallery, created to promote black and Latino art in Inglewood.
This exhibition considers a rich dialogue between two iconic figures in American culture: the renowned photographer Edward Weston (1886–1958) and poet Walt Whitman (1819–1892). The 25 photographs included in the exhibition illuminate an understudied chapter of Weston’s career. In 1941, the Limited Editions Book Club approached Weston to collaborate on a deluxe edition of Whitman’s poetry collection, Leaves of Grass.
Over the past 50 years, artists have increasingly turned to newspapers, magazines, and televised news programs as rich sources of inspiration. This exhibition explores how artists have looked at and commented on news images, from the Vietnam War in the 1960s to the so-called “War on Terror” in the 2000s. Much of the work is political; all of it is personal. Through photographs and videos, these artists have juxtaposed, mimicked, and appropriated media elements to transform ephemeral news into lasting works of art.
Guerrero: Calder & Nevelson, In Their Studios is an exhibition of captivating photographs from the estate of Pedro E. Guerrero. Best known for his images of the life and work of American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, this exhibition highlights for the first-time, Guerrero’s intimate documentation of renowned sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson in their homes and studios. The exhibition includes sculptures and collages by Calder and Nevelson that provide a direct context for the viewer. This presentation also serves to celebrate the centennial of Guerrero’s birth in 1917.
CONTACT is a group exhibition of iconic images and their corresponding contact sheets. Although contact sheets serve a very practical purpose-- a tool for editing and archiving a photographer's negatives-- they also provide insights into the working methods of photographers. The relatively straightforward dark room process reveals a great deal about the photographer, his or her approach, and the context in which they were shooting.
Join the PAC·LA community to celebrate a full year of exciting photography in Los Angeles. We will enjoy a buffet dinner (includes beer and wine) at the beautiful Pacific Electric Lofts in downtown Los Angeles.
We appreciate our members and look forward to celebrating the season with all of you!