City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Announces
Landmark Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Exhibition, Condemned To Be Modern
Curated by Clara Kim at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Condemned To Be Modern is presented by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) at its Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles. Condemned To Be Modern brings together the work of 21 contemporary artists who have responded critically to the history of modernist architecture in Latin America.
In works produced during the last two decades, these artists explore the effects, contradictions, and contested legacies of modernism in Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico as expressed through ambitious construction of government buildings, public housing, universities, and even new cities during moments of radical political and social change.
The architecture and urban planning of these moments continue to serve as critical reference points for artists including Eduardo Abaroa (Mexico), Jonathas de Andrade (Brazil), Leonor Antunes (Portugal/Germany), Alexander Apóstol (Venezuela/Spain), Felipe Dulzaides (Cuba), and Melanie Smith (Mexico), among others. Together, these artists provide a sociological exploration that connects architecture with political ideologies, social values, and contemporary reality, while engendering dialogue about the role of government and public policy on the development, preservation, and use of the built environment.
On view from September 10, 2017 through January 28, 2018, Condemned To Be Modern, curated by guest curator, Clara Kim, opens with a public reception on September 10 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90027) with a special performance by Crystal Sepúlveda as part of Clarissa Tossin’s newly commissioned project inspired by the Mayan Revival architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House.
Condemned To Be Modern is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara.
Gallery hours are Thursday – Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.
Major support for this exhibition and publication is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.
Condemned To Be Modern is also supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability. The exhibition includes the work of the following 21 artists: Eduardo Abaroa, Jonathas de Andrade, Leonor Antunes, Alexander Apóstol, Alexandre Arrechea, Ramiro Chaves, Felipe Dulzaides, Carlos Garaicoa, Terence Gower, Tamar Guimarães, Lucia Koch, Runo Lagomarsino, Renata Lucas, Lais Myrrha, Manuel Piña, Mauro Restiffe, Beto Shwafaty, Melanie Smith, Tercerunquinto, Clarissa Tossin, and Héctor Zamora.