How Pacific Standard Time celebrates our unique “LA/LA” land
Choose a single metropolis as the capital city of the Americas, and it would have to be Los Angeles. It’s a bold claim, sure, but a group of art exhibitions opening in September—covering thousands of years of Latin American culture, from pre-Columbian gold work to postwar architecture—make a compelling case. “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” assembles 70 Southern California cultural institutions, each of which presents coinciding exhibitions that explore the intersection between Los Angeles and Latin American and Latino art. While the first PST, a 2011 multi-museum display of 20th-century art in L.A. organized by the Getty Foundation, was a coming-out party of sorts for the Los Angeles art world, “LA/LA” takes a more international approach. “[PST] established the Getty as an institution that supports a program much bigger than itself,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum, which itself presents five exhibitions. “[With ‘LA/LA’] we’re letting each institution focus on the aspects of the chosen theme that resonate with their collection or their community.” Photograph: Courtesy the Ministry of Culture, Peru/Juan Pablo Murrugarra Villanueva For Chon Noriega, director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, that means leveraging L.A.’s curatorial expertise in Latin American art to challenge the traditional idea of borders. “We cannot look at Latin America as if it were ‘over there’ when our histories continue to overlap,” he says. Noriega cocurat
Tickets are going on sale for the Broad's 'Infinity Mirrors' exhibition
Last summer the Broad announced that "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors," a traveling exhibition dedicated entirely to the Japanese artist's immersive Infinity Mirror Rooms, would be coming to the Downtown museum. Since then, we've looked on with envy as the traveling exhibition, which was organized by and premiered at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, brought an insane demand for tickets—and selfies—to D.C. and Seattle. Now we know when you can secure your spot for the exhibition's run here in L.A.: Tickets for "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" go on sale Friday, September 1 at noon. Reservations for the entire run—October 21 through January 1—will go on sale then. If you miss out on an advanced ticket, a limited number of same-day standby tickets will be available, but we urge you to try your hand at securing a reservation instead. Advanced tickets will cost $25 and include admission to the rest of the otherwise free museum. Standby tickets cost $30. "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" will include six rooms as well as more than 60 paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the 87-year-old artist. The museum's current "Infinity Mirrored Room" will remain on view for free through September 30; after that it will become part of the paid Kusama special exhibition. Once the exhibition is over, though, "Infinity Mirrored Room" will once again be included with free admission. The roughly chronological exhibit will begin with Infinity Mirror Room — Phalli'