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Oaxacan migration has had a large impact on local culture. As a result, it is said that California is also Oaxacalifornia; this term describes a binational culture, a region both real due to the large migrant population, but also imagined. It transcends territorial and national divisions and describes not only a continuous flow of people, but also a network of symbols, and of a culture constantly reinventing itself, secured by strong networks of solidarity and belonging.
Works from the artists José Bedia and Belkis Ayón’s explore the history and stories embedded in Afro-Cuban spiritual practices and religious traditions.
Since 1973, Self Help Graphics & Art has produced one of the most renown Día de los Muertos cultural events in Los Angeles — noted as one of the oldest Day of the Dead public commemorations in the nation.
Artist Luchita Hurtado’s expansive career was marked by a rigorous commitment to experimentation, as demonstrated by her body landscapes from the 1960s and 1970s, on view in Made in L.A. 2018. She discusses her practice with Andrianna Campbell, a writer and art history doctoral candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center specializing in modern and contemporary American art.
Luchita Hurtado: I Live I Die I Will Be Reborn presents the first career survey of paintings and works on paper by multifaceted artist Luchita Hurtado (Venezuela, b. 1920). Prior to 2016, the remarkable breadth of Hurtado’s eight-decade career was virtually unknown, as her works were kept in storage and out of public view for most of her life.
LA Plaza explores the history and contemporary experiences of afroLAtinidad in Los Angeles through art, photographs, and personal objects in “afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city.” In the exhibition, visitors enter a recreated Afro-Latinx home and understand how this vibrant, yet underrepresented community is central to Los Angeles culture.
Join in a conversation about the creation of LA Plaza’s landmark exhibition afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city. Envisioned and realized by members of the community it represents, it is the first exhibition of its kind dedicated to the unique history, culture, and lived experiences of Afro-Latinx Angelenos. Hear from participants of the team who conceived and formed the exhibition: curator Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk, advisor La Mikia Castillo, lender Janelle Hartley, and assistant curator/project manager Esperanzant.
Opens virtually with in-person appointments to be determined at a later date: Made Onsite: Explorations from Angels Gate Community Classes. Made Onsite explores the rich body of work developed by the artists of AGCC’s community classes. These classes have been ongoing for the past twenty years with the goal of bringing together artists of different backgrounds, ages, and practices. Ranging in media from ceramics, collage, painting, and drawing, this exhibition showcases the breadth of art developed through both instructor-led classes…
The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) is proud to hosted a retrospective exhibition of work by legendary L.A. Chicano artist Frank Romero. The exhibition spans over 50 years of the artist’s career.
En Visión: Picturing the Self presents photographs that invite viewers to immerse themselves in the vibrant worlds and imaginations of the women who made them. The artists use photography to document their realities, engage in cultural commentary and express their evolving identities.