French automaker Citroën will make a rare North American appearance alongside hot rods, lowriders, Porsches and other beauties.
Organized by REDCAT, CalArt's Downtown Center for Contemporary Arts, PST Festival: Live Art LA/LA was a key performance component of PST: LA/LA, the $16 million Getty Foundation–led initiative involving more than 70 SoCal arts and cultural institutions that started in September and ends on Sunday, Jan. 28.
One of the most successful exhibitions in the history of L.A.'s Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles had one major shortcoming, according to visitors: not enough cars.
“The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración” has been on display since July and showcases the popular Chicano car as fine-art inspiration and object.
“Our exhibit was never in the car space, it’s in the fine art gallery, so we didn’t have room for all these cars,” said Denise Sandoval, curator of the exhibit. “People just love their lowriders and wanted to see more cars.”
With the four new lowriders in the main lobby, museumgoers now can marvel at six cars outside the gallery, as well as three featured inside.
“They wanted to have a good mix of different colors, as well as different models of lowriders and styles,” said Sandoval, a professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge.
The new additions are a 1963 Chevrolet Impala Convertible "Slippin’ Into Darkness" by Cleto Sanchez; a 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass "RM Series" by Bobby Garza (Lowrider of the Year 2014); a 1958 Chevrolet Impala "Lemonlaid" by Danny Arriaga; and a 1972 Monte Carlo "Fatal Attraction" by Jose Alvarez.
“We are thrilled to welcome more lowriders as an expansion of the extremely popular lowrider exhibition," said Terry L. Karges, the museum’s executive director. “It’s clear that our community truly loves and appreciates these elaborate masterpieces for the purpose they serve as embodiments of fine art and Chicano culture in Los Angeles.”
The new cars will be on display through Jan. 14. The lowrider exhibition closes at the end of June.
It wasn’t a good look by any means. After decades of languishing in storage, unseen and censored, Barbara Carrasco's epic 1981 mural L.A. History: A Mexican Perspective spent several nights during its triumphant re-installation at Union Station last month shrouded under black cloth. The mural was covered during eight private...
After five years of planning and more than $16 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA launched Friday, Sept. 15, with a massive Latin American celebration at the Getty Center. It's one of more than 70 Southern California institutions hosting exhibits of Latin American and Latinx art, and last night visitors were invited to explore four related exhibitions that include everything from pre-Columbian art of the Maya, Incas and Aztecs to contemporary works made from concrete. The celebration was a fitting introduction to the initiative, with music from DJ Rani de Leon and the Cecilia y Edgar Latin Experience, and a performance by Bloco dance group Viver Brasil.
Photography by Shane Lopes
In a number of presumed self-portraits, Carlos Almaraz paints himself as a sort of half-man, half-jaguar figure. It's an icon straight out of Mesoamerican mythology, explains Howard Fox, who has spent the past several years curating LACMA's current Almaraz retrospective, "Playing With Fire." "The jaguar was able to pass freely...