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LA RAZA

Published in Los Angeles from 1967 to 1977, the bilingual newspaper LA RAZA provided a voice to the Chicano Rights Movement by engaging photographers not only as journalists but as artists and activists to capture the definitive moments, key players, and signs and symbols of Chicano activism. The archive of nearly 25,000 images created by these photographers—now […]

RAFA ESPARZA IN PERFORMANCE

This weekend—in a three-part PST: Live Art LA/LA performance—Rafa Esparza presents CUMBRE, his “meditation on bridges and bodies of waters as sites of connection and healing, as well as spaces of division and risk” as a means of investigating histories of immigration to and through downtown Los Angeles.*   RAFA ESPARZA—CUMBRE: LOOK AS FAR AS […]

VARIEDADES AT THE MAYAN

VARIEDADES is a music, spoken word, theater, comedy, visual arts happening loosely based on Mexican vaudeville shows in Los Angeles, but the list of performers is anything but old-fashioned: Alice Bag, Nao Bustamante with Dynasty Handbag and Karen Tongson, La Chica Boom, DJ Lengua, Rafa Esparza, Liz Miller Kovacs, Selene Luna, Cheech and Natasha Marin, Mickey Negron, […]

LIGIA LEWIS AT REDCAT

In MINOR MATTER—part two of her Blue, Red, and White trilogy that began with Sorrow Swag—dancer-choreographer Ligia Lewis and her dancers Jonathan Gonzalez and Tiran Willemse interrogate the color red as a medium between love and rage.  “[With this piece] I knew that I was working specifically with a very strong relationship to space, so I […]

ASTRID HADAD AT THE MAYAN

Astrid Hadad—performance art diva and a mainstay at the old El Hábito in Mexico City—brings her extravagant brand of feminism to the Mayan Theater this week with a show that combines activism, satire, and “Heavy Nopal” cabaret.* The evening is a presentation of the Redcat initiative Live Art: LA/LA, a Pacific Standard Time program.   […]

MUNDOS ALTERNOS

MUNDOS ALTERNOS—ART AND SCIENCE FICTION IN THE AMERICAS looks at art and science fiction through the lens of Latin American studies. The show at the University of California at Riverside brings together “large-scale installation, photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, performance, and video, the exhibition presents the work of over 30 contemporary artists who recast the future […]

CONDEMNED TO BE MODERN

CONDEMNED TO BE MODERN, curated by Clara Kim, is a PST: LA/LA exhibition that “brings together the works of twenty-one contemporary artists who have responded critically to the history of modernist architecture in Latin America.”*   CONDEMNED TO BE MODERN, through January 27. LOS ANGELES MUNICIPAL ART GALLERY, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles. *lamag.org/exhibitions/ From top: Runo Lagomarsino, […]