The more than 80 Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibitions across southern California are coming to an end. Curators, educators, scholars, and facilitators of these exhibitions and programs that explored Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles will be meeting to discuss what was learned and what comes next at this year’s College Arts Association (CAA) conference from February 21–24 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Five key sessions are intended to facilitate conversation around exhibition projects, teaching from exhibitions, and lasting implications of the initiative.

1. Reconsidering Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 2:00–3:00 pm in room 403b

This panel will include eight curators giving lightning talks about Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibitions in which they were not directly involved—an opportunity for objective criticality as well as for connections to their own research interests. Discussion will  center on the meanings of Latin America in the context of presentation in the United States, the fields of Latin American and Latinx art, the archive, and other issues.

The respondent will provide a brief conclusion before opening the session to Q&A.

Chairs: Idurre Alonso, The Getty Research Institute; Selene Preciado, The Getty Foundation

José Luis Blondet, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; C. Ondine Chavoya, Williams College; Aleca LeBlanc, University of California Riverside; Beatriz Cortez, California State University, Northridge; Josh Franco, Smithsonian Archives of American Art; Jesse Lerner, Pitzer College; Rubén Ortiz-Torres, University of California, San Diego; John Tain, Asia Art Archive

Respondent: Nizan Shaked, California State University, Long Beach

An installation view of an exhibition including paintings and hanging protest flags.

Installation view of Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas at Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery on view September 17-December 10, 2017.

2. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA — Case Studies in Teaching from Exhibitions

Wednesday February 21, 2018 from 4:00–5:30pm in room 403b

An essential question facing PST: LA/LA partners was how to translate Latin American and Latinx material for the classroom. Educators and curators will discuss new curricula as well as tactics for encouraging new audiences to return to museums after the PST: LA/LA exhibitions have closed.

Anuradha Vikram, 18th Street Arts Center, Otis College of Art and Design

Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas. Karen Moss, Otis College of Art and Design; Talking to Action: Social Practice and Critical Pedagogy in the Americas. Bill Kelley, Jr., Otis College of Art and Design; Taniel Morales: “We will make and do things that feed our creativity, and radio will be an extra benefit of those efforts”. Michele Jaquis, Otis College of Art and Design; unDocumenta at Oceanside Museum of Art: Creating Dialogue through Art—Labor Issues, Immigration, and the Border. Alessandra Moctezuma, San Diego Mesa College; Sara Solaimani, University of California, San Diego

Sepia toned photographs of four young black boys looking at the ocean.

No. 25 Circa No Future, 2014 by Nadia Huggins from Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago on view at the Museum of Latin American Art from September 16, 2017 – March 04, 2018.

3. Borders and Breakthroughs: The Afterlife of PST: LA/LA, Part I

Thursday February 22 at 8:30-10:00am in room 403b

This panel brings together partners of the initiative to consider its afterlife. Panelists will explore questions such as: How was PST: LA/LA conceived and why? What were its most important contributions to artistic practice, the history of art, museum studies, exhibition practice, and contemporary art criticism? Did the exhibitions break down borders in the art world, a stated goal of the project? How has and will this initiative change the future course of research on the arts of the Americas? How were Latin American and Latinx artists presented, and how were artists’ voices represented? Was there adequate representation of historical periods of study? The speakers—major curators and a museum director in Los Angeles—address these and other questions as they assess the changing position of Los Angeles in the international art world in the wake of PST: LA/LA.

Charlene Villaseñor Black, University of California, Los Angeles; Elisa Mandell, California State University, Fullerton

Assessing the Impact of PST: LA/LA on Institutional Culture in Southern California Museums. Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Vincent Price Art Museum; From Maps to Home: On the Research Center as Museum. Chon A. Noriega, Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles; Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago. Tatiana Flores, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Museum of Latin American Art; The Legacy of History and the State of the Field. Ilona Katzew, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

A selection of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition catalogs about Latino and Latino American art.

A selection of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition catalogs.

4. Borders and Breakthroughs: The Afterlife of PST: LA/LA, Part II

Thursday February 22 at 10:30am-12:00pm in room 403b

This follow-up panel to the session above will focus on the methodological, theoretical, and museological contributions of the 80 exhibitions of PST: LA/LA in 2017–18. Perspectives from LGBTQIA studies, feminist art history, American or ethnic studies, and decolonizing methodologies will explore these questions: Have new methods of research emerged? How did exhibitions, curators, and artists approach nationalism and transnationalism, the global and the local, diaspora and border studies? Have new ideas emerged around art and activism, community art making, and public art? What new questions have emerged from these exhibitions?

Charlene Villaseñor Black, University of California, Los Angeles; Elisa Mandell, California State University, Fullerton

Beyond Racism: Latin American and Latinx Art in Exhibition. Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Hammer Museum; Objects and Afterlives: Artists’ Engagements with the Art of the Ancient Americas in PST: LA/LA. Megan E. O’Neil, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Geographies of Authenticity: Constructing History of Latin American and Latin@x Art in California. Theresa Avila, California State University, Channel Islands; Parallax Views: Analyzing PST: LA/LA without Pom Poms. Armando Durón, Independent Scholar

Installation view of Xerografia, an exhibition containing many black and white prints.

Installation view of Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970–1990 on view at the University Galleries of the University of San Diego from September 16-December 16, 2018.

5. Teaching and Writing the Art Histories of Latin American Los Angeles

Thursday February 22, 2018 at 6:00PM–7:30PM in room 403B

This roundtable brings together curators, scholars, and educators to explore the impact of the overall theme of PST: LA/LA and its exhibitions on pedagogy and scholarship. Topics will include terminology, such as Latin American, Latino/a, Latinx, Chicana/o, Chicanx, Los Angeles as a Latin American city, Latin American and Latinx culture and identity, queer and feminist perspectives, historiographies of the art historical fields, and uncovering hidden histories.

Decolonizing Art History: Institutional Challenges and the Histories of Latinx and Latin American Art. Charlene Villaseñor Black, UCLA, Keynote Speaker; Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970-1990- Local Art Histories and Common Points Across the Art Histories of Vastly Different Countries. Erin Aldana, Guest Curator and Research Scholar, University of San Diego; Félix González-Torres as a (Post)Latino Artist. Elizabeth Cerejido, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; Chicana/o Remix: Rethinking Art Histories and Endgames. Karen Mary Davalos, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; Voids of the Aggregate: Materializing Ethnic Mexicans in Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture in Southern California. Carolyn J. Schutten, University of California, Riverside


CAA will  take place February 21–24 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Follow #CAA2018 and @gettyhub on Twitter for updates on sessions including those by Getty staff who will present on topics such as writing image descriptions for the visually impaired, shifting Western-centric collections to engage contemporary multicultural audiences, the Getty Research Portal, and more.