GETTY INITIATIVE BRINGS RICH COLLABORATIONS TO SIX SAN DIEGO MUSEUMS THIS FALL

 
 
Thursday, Jul 27, 2017 - 8:00 am

San Diego, CA—Several San Diego institutions will host exciting exhibitions and collaborations this fall thanks to the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California.

Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions and programs, PST: LA/LA highlights different aspects of Latin American and Latino art from the ancient world to the present day. With topics such as luxury arts in the pre-Columbian Americas, 20th century Afro-Brazilian art, alternative spaces in Mexico City, and boundary-crossing practices of Latino artists, exhibitions range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries.

Participating San Diego organizations include the Mingei International Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD), Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA), The San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) and University of San Diego (USD). Please see below for more information about each organization’s exhibition.

The initiative follows its successful predecessor, Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. Launched in 2011, the landmark regional collaboration supported more than 60 organizations presenting exhibitions designed to collectively tell the story of the birth of the Los Angeles art scene and how it became a force in the art world. In this iteration of Pacific Standard Time, the number of San Diego museums included has more than doubled, speaking to our city’s rich cultural assets and the importance of Latin American and Latino culture in the region.

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About the Exhibitions

Mingei International Museum

Art of the Americas – Mesoamerican, Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei’s Permanent Collection

On view September 16, 2017 through February 18, 2018

Art of the Americas – Mesoamerican, Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei’s Permanent Collection is the most comprehensive presentation to date of the Museum’s significant holdings of objects used by people from the ancient cultures of Mexico, Central America and South America. Objects featured in the exhibition straddle cultural boundaries—from the Olmec and Mayan civilizations in Mexico to the Moche civilization in Peru—as well as numerous ancient traditions and cultures, including the indigenous Teuchitlán, Zoque, Huastec and western Mexican societies. The works range from objects made for ritual and ceremonial use; such as figurines, vessels, and sculptures depicting gods, shamans, animals, marine life, and floral motifs; to objects for domestic use; including jars, bowls, spindle whorls, ocarinas (wind instruments), roller stamps used for decorating cloth, as well as adornments such as beads and ear plugs. A rare collection of Mayan textile fragments will also be presented.

Media contact: Claire McKee, Membership & Marketing Manager, cmckee@mingei.orgor 619 704 7517.

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)

Memories of Underdevelopment

On view September 17, 2017 through January 7, 2018

In collaboration with Museo Jumex in Mexico City and the Museo de Arte de Lima, MCASD will present an exhibition examining the ways in which Latin American artists from the 1960s through the 1980s responded to the unraveling of the utopian promise of modernization after World War II, most notably in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela. In the immediate postwar period, artists had eagerly embraced the “transition to modernity,” creating a new abstract geometric language meant to capture its idealistic possibilities. As modernization failed, and political oppression and brutal military dictatorships followed, avant-garde artists increasingly abandoned abstraction and sought new ways to connect with the public, engaging directly with communities and often incorporating popular strategies from film, theater, and architecture into their work. Memories of Underdevelopment will be the first significant survey exhibition of these crucial decades and will highlight the work  of well-known artists such as Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Pape as well as lesser-known artists from Chile, Colombia, and Peru.

Major support for this exhibition is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Media contact: Leah Straub, Communications & Marketing Manager, lstraub@mcasd.orgor 858 220 3588 x119.

Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), San Diego

Point/Counterpoint: Contemporary Mexican Photography

On view September 30, 2017 through February 11, 2018

As part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), presents Point/Counterpoint: Contemporary Mexican Photography. The exhibition features work from nineteen contemporary Mexican photographers whose images explore the political, economic, and social changes of a country that is tied to the past, yet seeking a new future. Coinciding with Point/Counterpoint: Contemporary Mexican Photography, MOPA will host a series of community dialogues bringing together a unique group of expert voices to speak to themes found in the exhibition. The dialogues will cover a range of themes, including cultural identity, appropriation, abstraction, and the body.

November 16, 6:30 PM > Politics + Examining the Border

December 14, 6:30 PM > Abstraction + Appropriation + State of Contemporary Photography

January 18, 6:30 PM > Otherness + Cultural Identity + The Body

Major support for this exhibition is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Media contact: Dani Lewis-Richardson, Marketing & Communications Manager, lewis@mopa.orgor 619 238 7559 x203.

Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA)

unDocumenta

Curated By Alessandra Moctezuma

September 23, 2017 through January 28, 2018

Subverting the title of one of the premiere European art events by referencing the plight of the undocumented, this exhibition will focus on artistic production that takes place at the convergence of Latin America and Southern California. The San Diego/Tijuana region serves both as the birthplace and a rich experimental ground for individual artists and collectives, such as the Border Arts Workshop and Las Comadres, that have been concerned with topics related to biculturalism, migration, labor issues, and human rights. Grounded within that key cultural and social framework, the exhibit will incorporate artworks by Mexican and Latino artists from both cities with a sharper focus on recent use of technology, performance and interactivity. The galleries of the museum will become sites of experimentation and will be transformed into liminal spaces where the fluidity of shifting cultural identities and nationalities will be contrasted with the rigidity of the infrastructure that separates the US and Latin America.

Media contact: Collette Murphy Stefanko, Director of Marketing, collette@oma-online.org, 760 435 3722.

The San Diego Museum of Art

Modern Masters from Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection

October 21, 2017 through March 11, 2018

The multifaceted history of Latin American modernism will be celebrated at The San Diego Museum of Art with an exhibition drawn from one of the world’s foremost private collections. Modern Masters from Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection will chart a trajectory from the late 1800s to the first decade of this century, showcasing the work of seminal figures from countries including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and Uruguay.  Arranged in three sections–Landscape and Identity, The Avant-Garde Explosion, and Breaking Boundaries: Post 1960s Diversity & Dystopia–the show will explore the modern colonial history of Latin America; the importance of landscape painting in the formation of distinctive national identities; the influence of Symbolism, the Latin American role in the formation of an international style; the variety of Latin American avant-gardes including Surrealism and hard-edged Abstraction; modern depictions of indigenous peoples and customs; progress and modernity in the age of the metropolis; and transgressive challenges to prevailing artistic idioms. Among the artists featured in this exhibition will be Fernando Botero, Alfredo Castañeda, Pedro Figari, Gunther Gerzso, Félix González Torres, Frida Kahlo, Wilfredo Lam, Alfredo Ramos Martínez, Roberto Matta, Diego Rivera, Kazuya Sakai, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Jesús Rafael Soto, Lino Eneas Spilimbergo, Rufino Tamayo, and Joaquín Torres-García. It will be a rare opportunity to see this first-ever display of these modern and contemporary works.

Modern Masters from Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection will be accompanied by a lecture, fine arts workshops, and a series of Latin American films. Alsoin connection with the exhibition, the Museum will present Frida and Me, an interactive, multi-media, educational component for children regarding Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul, her residence in Mexico City that furnished an important part of her artisticidentity.

Media contact: Kari A. Kovach, Director of Marketing & Communications at kkovach@sdmart.orgor 619 696 1946.

University of San Diego

Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970-1990

September 15, 2017 through December 16, 2017

Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970-1990 examines the innovative uses of ordinary commercial copying practices by artists working in Brazil across two politically fraught decades and will introduce Southern California audiences to works and practices that are largely unknown outside Latin America. The works are wide-ranging and often unexpected, including not only photocopies made on standard-size A4 copy paper, but also blueprints, Xerox “films,” performance-based works employing fax machines, as well as images machine-printed on surfaces such as metal and wood. Artists were at first attracted to the low cost and subversive potential of photocopy and other commercial printing, but later artists including Hudinilson Jr. and Mário Ramiro would use photocopiers as tools to document their performances. Eventually, photocopies became a new artistic medium, offering exciting possibilities for performance, film, self-publishing, and even international exchange through mail art strategies. The exhibition features works by more than two dozen artists, including internationally recognized figures such as Paulo Bruscky, León Ferrari, Eduardo Kac, and Letitia Parente.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00pm

Lecture: Old 'New Media': Xerox Art in Brazil, Mário Ramiro, Knapp Chair, Monday, September 25 at 6 p.m. Manchester Auditorium, Manchester Hall

Major support for this exhibition is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Media contact: Liz Harman, Sr. Media Relations Director at eharman@sandiego.eduor 619 260 4682.

About Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles taking place from September 2017 through January 2018. Led by the Getty, PST: LA/LA is a collaboration of arts institutions across Southern California. Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions and programs, PST: LA/LA highlights different aspects of Latin American and Latino art from the ancient world to the present day. With topics such as luxury arts in the pre-Columbian Americas, 20th century Afro-Brazilian art, alternative spaces in Mexico City, and boundary-crossing practices of Latino artists, exhibitions range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries. Supported by more than $16 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, PST: LA/LA involves more than 70 cultural institutions from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. PST: LA/LA is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

About the Institutions

Mingei International Museum

Located in San Diego’s Balboa Park, Mingei International Museum collects, preserves and exhibits “art of the world, art of the people,” including folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world. A non-profit institution funded by admission, individuals, and community support, the Museum offers inspiring exhibitions and diverse educational programs to more than 100,000 visitors a year. Institutional support for Mingei International Museum is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. www.mingei.org.   

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum's collection includes more than 4,700 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Kathryn Kanjo is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD. Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. www.mcasd.org

Museum of Photographic Arts

The Museum of Photographic Arts is a center for visual learning located in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Its mission is to “inspire, educate and engage the broadest possible audience through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film and video.” As a 501(c)(3) organization, MOPA is generously supported by members, individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies. Learn more at www.MOPA.org.

Oceanside Museum of Art

Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) is a cultural jewel located in downtown Oceanside with a view of the Pacific Ocean and the historic Oceanside Pier. In addition to contemporary art exhibitions, OMA offers classes, lectures, concerts, docent tours, and community events. The museum is a gathering place where friends meet to share and enjoy rich cultural experiences. www.oma-online.org.

The San Diego Museum of Art

Providing a rich and diverse cultural experience, The San Diego Museum of Art houses some of the world’s finest art. Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the Museum’s nationally renowned collections include Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings including the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings, East Asian art, and 19th and 20th century American paintings and sculptures. The Museum regularly features major exhibitions of art from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule supporting cultural and educational programs for children and adults. At The San Diego Museum of Art, exhibition text is always in English and Spanish. SDMArt.org

University of San Diego

The University of San Diego’s (USD) culture is enhanced by the presence of six gallery spaces. The University Galleries’ role is to organize world-class exhibitions, develop new collections, program lectures, produce publications, and create other unique opportunities to experience professional museum contexts on campus. Providing the community with direct access to the finest things that men and women have created is the mission of the University Galleries. For more information go to www.sandiego.edu/galleries.