In the Fall of 2017, cultural institutions throughout Southern California will host more than eighty simultaneous exhibitions of Latin American and Latino art as part of “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA”, an initiative sponsored by the Getty Foundation. Addressing art, culture, and politics from the Ancient Americas to the present, PST: LA/LA represents an unprecedented effort in the history of Latin American and Latino art and culture in the United States as well as a unique opportunity to examine both canonical and lesser known artworks and figures. Many of the objects that will be exhibited have never been seen before in the U.S., many will be difficult to seen again, and the scale of the project is not likely to ever be repeated. In addition, PST: LA/LA will claim a new space for the fields of Latin American and Latino studies in the U.S., redefining populations, artists, and artworks that many have until now considered marginal or peripheral.
Seizing the opportunity presented by this unique initiative, this graduate seminar will involve group visits to selected exhibitions; discussion of shared readings; meetings with scholars and museum professionals; attendance to special events and programs; and an individual research project that will allow students to visit additional exhibitions on their own and to produce a paper that advances their own scholarly agendas. The goals of the seminar are twofold: to explore Latin American and Latino art and to investigate the politics of the display of art itself.