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“WEHO ARTES” LAUNCHES 8/23 WITH EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY RAMIRO GOMEZ AND DAVID FELDMAN

THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD TO KICK OFF “WEHO ARTES” ON AUGUST 23 WITH OPENING RECEPTION FOR “IN WEST HOLLYWOOD,” AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY RAMIRO GOMEZ AND DAVID FELDMAN, PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH CHARLIE JAMES GALLERY

Highlights for “WeHo Artes” – programming celebrating “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” – also include a theater piece from Rogue Artists Ensemble, and PST LA/LA Getty Foundation-Funded Projects sited in West Hollywood presented by LAND, LAXART,ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, and MAK Center for Art and Architecture

Gomez’s work is informed by the workers who tend gardens and care for children, but are often invisible to the outer world. After briefly attending the California Institute for the Arts, Gomez himself left to work as a live-in nanny with a West Hollywood family, an experience that did much to inform his subsequent artistic practice. Feldman has chronicled the work of Gomez through photography and film. Their combined efforts form a powerful statement on the impact of Latin America on Los Angeles art and culture. The opening reception will also feature live music from Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, the world’s first LGBTQ mariachi group. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required; to RSVP, contact: nschonwetter@weho.org.

“Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta”

Also in August, the City of West Hollywood has commissioned Rogue Artists Ensemble to create the in-development interactive, site-specific theater piece “Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta.” Incorporating tall-tales, puppets, masks, and music, the play celebrates the 75th anniversary of the 1942 book Señor Plummer: The Life and Laughter of an Old-Californian by former Los Angeles Times writer John Preston Buschlen. The book documents interviews with Spanish-American pioneer Eugene Plummer – a.k.a. “Don Eugenio,” “West Hollywood’s original resident” – whose family once owned 942 acres in the heart of Los Angeles and Hollywood. Rogue Artists will workshop the play with an open rehearsal on August 19 (drop in anytime between 1-4PM), and performances with full readings, sets and costumes on August 24, 25 and 26 at 7PM in Plummer Park (7377 Santa Monica Blvd., 90046) – the site of Don Eugenio’s last residence. Seating is limited; to reserve tickets RSVP at https://www.rogueartists.org/senor-plummers-final-fiesta – guests are asked to pay what they can to join the fiesta, with a suggested minimum donation of $5.00.

From the exhibition “In West Hollywood” opening 8/23

Additionally as part of WeHo Artes programming, the City of West Hollywood is presenting: “The Chase,” a monumental, multi-piece sculpture by Los Angeles-based artist HACER installed on Santa Monica Boulevard east of Doheny Drive; and “Queer Califas: LA Latinx Art,” a group exhibition curated by West Hollywood artist/curator Rubén Esparza featuring work by more than 20 multi-generational Latinx artists. Both projects are part of the City’s “Art of the Outside” public art program. Queer Califas will open at Long Hall in Plummer Park (7377 Santa Monica Blvd., 90046) with a reception on November 4, 7-10PM; the show runs through November 19.

There are also four Getty-funded PST: LA/LA projects taking place in West Hollywood – details on each follow:

– “Sense of Place” by Jose Dávila, presented by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division)
– “Video Art in Latin America,” presented by LAXART
– “Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LA,” presented by ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
– “How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney,” presented by Aurturo Herrera/MAK Center for Art + Architecture and Luckman Gallery at Cal State L.A.

Details:

– “Sense of Place” by Jose Dávila, presented by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division www.nomadicdivision.org): LAND commissioned Guadalajara-based artist Jose Dávila to create Sense of Place, a multi-site, large-scale, public sculpture exhibition migrating through, and integrating into, the diverse urban landscape of Los Angeles to draw a portrait of the city’s many experiences, geographies and histories. The project begins when a nine-foot square, interactive sculpture comprised of 40 unique modular forms is installed in West Hollywood Park (647 N. San Vicente Blvd., 90069), where it will be on view from September 16 – when there will be an opening from 2-5PM – through May 2018. The sculpture will be disassembled in three movements (November, January, and March), and reconfigured at different public sites throughout the Los Angeles area during the span of the exhibition, taking on different functional shapes. In its final iteration, the sculpture will return in April 2018 to its original whole cube and be re-installed at West Hollywood Park. Sense of Place is Dávila’s largest public undertaking to date and his first major exhibition in Los Angeles.

 

 

– “Video Art in Latin America” presented by LAXART (www.laxart.org): Video Art in Latin America is the first major U.S. survey of the subject from the late 1960s through the present day. Taking place at LAXART’s venue (7000 Santa Monica Blvd., 90038), the exhibition begins with the earliest experiments in South America, where video became an important medium for expressing dissent during an era dominated by repressive military regimes. It also follows themes that emerged in multiple artistic centers throughout Latin America, including labor, ecology, migration, borders, memory, and consumption. The exhibition also highlights ways in which contemporary video artists in Latin America continue to pursue the sociopolitical commitment of earlier work, exploring themes related to identity and the consequences of social inequality. The single-channel video programs will be complemented by a selection of environmental video installations.

– “Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano LA,” presented by ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives Gallery at the USC Libraries (http://one.usc.edu/): Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. will be exhibited at the ONE Gallery, West Hollywood (9007 Melrose Avenue, 90069), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles’ Pacific Design Center location from September 9 to December 31, 2017.The exhibition is co-curated by C. Ondine Chavoya, professor of art and Latina/o studies at Williams College, and David Evans Frantz, curator at ONE Archives. Axis Mundo will feature more than 40 LGBTQ and Chicano artists who created experimental works in various media between the 1960s and early 1990s, a period bookended by the Chicano Moratorium, gay liberation, and feminist movements on one end, and the AIDS crisis on the other. The work of many less-visible and forgotten LGBTQ and Chicano artists will be shown, including many who passed away due to the AIDS crisis. A focal point for the exhibition will be artist Edmundo “Mundo” Meza (1955-1985), who collaborated with many of the featured artists.

– “How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney,” presented by MAK Center for Art and Architecture and Luckman Gallery at Cal State L.A. (http://makcenter.org/ and http://www.luckmanarts.org/gallery/): The exhibition will feature more than 150 works by 48 Latin American artists who investigate and challenge nearly 100 years of cultural influence between Latin America and Disney. Spanning painting, photography, graphic work, drawing, sculpture, video, documents, and the critical responses generated, the exhibition – curated by filmmaker/writer Jesse Lerner and artist Rubén Ortiz-Torres – explores the idea that there are no clean boundaries between art, culture, and geography, and deconstructs how such notions are formed and disputed. Due to its size and scope, the show will be presented in two locations: the Schindler House in West Hollywood – where there will be an opening reception on September 9 from 6-8PM – and the Luckman Gallery at Cal State LA.

For more information on WeHo Artes: http://weho.org/residents/weho-arts-and-culture/west-hollywood-celebrates-pacific-standard-time-2017

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. 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. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

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