The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Home — So Different, So Appealing: Art from the Americas since 1957, a groundbreaking exhibition on the universal concept of home.
It is the first group show at a major Los Angeles museum to focus on Latino and Latin American art since the 1950s. It opened on June 11 and continues until Oct. 15.
As usual, LACMA offers free admission to L.A. County residents every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 3 pm–5 pm and Friday: 3 pm–8 pm. All guests receive free general admission on the second Tuesday of every month, that’s August 8.
Offering an extraordinary look at one of the world’s most basic social concepts, this exhibition explores the differences and affinities within artworks relative to immigration and political repression, dislocation and diaspora, and personal memory and utopian ideals. It features approximately 100 artworks by 40 Latino and Latin American artists.
This expansive exhibition will include painting, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, film/video, and public sculpture by U.S. artists from the largest historic Latino groups—of Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Cuban origin—plus artists from Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Venezuela, and Uruguay, among other countries.
Included in the exhibition are works by internationally recognized artists Antonio Berni, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Leon Ferrari, Beatriz González, Felix González-Torres, Guillermo Kuitca, Daniel Martinez, Gordon Matta-Clark, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, and Doris Salcedo, as well as emerging and established Los Angeles-based artists Laura Aguilar, Carmen Argote, Christina Fernandez, Ramiro Gomez, Salomón Huerta, and Camilo Ontiveros.
Among the many large-scale works in the exhibition, María Elena González’s participatory sculpture Magic Carpet/Home (2003/2017) will be presented outdoors on the LACMA grounds.
“We are thrilled to present Home—So Different, So Appealing, the first of five exhibitions at LACMA in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the ambitious regional collaboration devoted to exploring Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles,” said Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director.
“The spirit of exchange is evident in the conception of this exhibition, a collaboration with the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC), LACMA, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). Drawing from a range of artist voices, this exhibition offers a thought-provoking look into the ways in which Latino and Latin American artists have understood the idea of ‘home’ amid a changing political and socioeconomic landscape,” Govan said.
The exhibition is organized thematically into sub-categories of “home” spanning seven decades, allowing both historical and contemporary artists to create a dialogue across time and space.
The curators use a “constellation model” that allows for works by artists from different nationalities and generations to be compared and contrasted on a level playing field. As co-curator Ramírez, whose earlier exhibitions developed this model, explains, “The constellations are arranged according to conceptual or formal affinities as well as tensions that illuminate unsuspected relations between the artists and their production.”
“This exhibition is not just about home,” explained CSRC director and co-curator Noriega. “The artworks often draw from the material of home itself, from architectural plans to actual space, but also furnishings, mattresses, personal effects, and rubbish. The constellations are just a starting point for some broader themes that run across the entire exhibition, especially the body in relation to home, homelessness, nation, and migration. These artists breakdown the notion of home as somehow a boundary between inside and outside, public and private, self and other, citizen and foreigner.”
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 11 am–5 pm
Friday: 11 am–8 pm
Saturday, Sunday: 10 am–7 pm
- $15 | Adults
- $10 | Seniors (65+) & Students with valid ID
Closed Wednesdays, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.