“California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820-1930” explores how Mexico became California. Following the U.S.-Mexican War (1846–1848), lands that had belonged for centuries to New Spain, and later Mexico, were transformed into the 31st state of the U.S. The visual arts played a strong role in this transformation, creating distinct pictorial motifs and symbols that helped define the new California while establishing dialogues and intersections with the land’s previous identity as Mexico. Juxtaposing paintings with popular posters, prints, and some of the earliest movies made in Los Angeles, the exhibition reveals how this image of California spread worldwide
Mondays – Tuesdays & Fridays – Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursdays 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Adults – $7.00, Students & seniors (60+) – $5.00, Children under 12 and museum members – Free.
Free the first Thursday of every month from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sponsor: Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America
Photo caption: Ferdinand Deppe, San Gabriel Mission, Oil on canvas, 27 x 37 inches, c. 1832
Much of Simmons’s work in this exhibit centers on his signature erasure techniques. Early in his career, he drew in white chalk on readymade chalkboards or directly onto slate-painted walls, then smudged the images with his hands. In recent years, he has adapted the process to canvas and large-scale wall works, such as “Blue Field Explosions” (2009), a monumental drawing in the stadium that is home to the Dallas Cowboys. Tuesdays – Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Sundays 11:00…
Adler Guerrier (b. 1975, Port-au- Prince) is best known for his work in photography and printmaking that explores the poetics and politics of place. He examines the public space of the street as a site for civil discourse and disobedience and the more private realm of the home and yard as places for meditative observation and reverie—addressing both as political spheres. Guerrier’s new project for CAAM continues his investigation of history’s relationship to landscape, picturing what the artist has described…
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Three colorful forty-foot chariots, handmade in the ancient Indian tradition, are hand pulled by huge ropes down Main St. in Santa Monica, accompanied by musicians, singers, and dancers. The parade ends at the festival site at Ocean Front Park in Venice. At the site, huge tents house exhibits, food stands, and two stages. Free vegetarian meals are served to fifteen thousand attendees. Children’s activities include face painting, arts and crafts, and entertainment for family and kids. Sponsor: International Society for…