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Latino Visual and Performing Arts in Southern California

May 24, 1999

Visual Arts / Museums

Bowers Museum of Cultural History

2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 92706; (714) 567-3600; Tue.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Peter C. Keller, president.

Background: The Bowers Memorial Museum opened in 1936 as a city-run museum devoted to the history of Orange County; closed in the mid-1980s, the museum reopened in 1992 as the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art. Still dedicated to the history of Orange County, the museum has grown to celebrate the diverse cultural makeup of Southern California and emphasize the fine arts of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa and the Pacific Rim. The museum has organized a number of exhibitions highlighting the arts of Latin America, including "Tribute to the Gods: Treasures of the Museo del Oro, Bogota," "Visions of Guadalupe: Selected Masterpieces From the Basilica de Guadalupe" and "Between Empires: The Artistic Legacy of Pre-Hispanic Panama."

Upcoming events/exhibitions: Modern Mexican Art & Culture Series, films and lectures on figures such as Diego Rivera and Sor Juana Ines de La Cruz, most Sundays from Aug. 29-Oct. 16; "Shamans, Gods and Mythic Beasts: Columbian Gold and Ceramics in Antiquity," Oct. 29-Jan. 9.


J. Paul Getty Museum

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, 90049; (310) 440-7300; parking reservations required. Tue.-Wed., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thur.-Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Barry Munitz, president and CEO, J. Paul Getty Trust; John Walsh, director, J. Paul Getty Museum and vice president, J. Paul Getty Trust; Deborah Marrow, director, Getty Grant Program; Tim Whalen, director, Getty Conservation Institute.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday May 26, 1999 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 9 Entertainment Desk 1 inches; 30 words Type of Material: Correction
"Fandango Angeleno"--Danza Floricanto's "Fandango Angeleno" will be performed at Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State L.A. on July 16, not June 16, the date published in the Diego Rivera special section Monday.

Background: In 1954, J. Paul Getty founded a small museum at his ranch near Malibu; in 1974, the growth of the collection necessitated a move to a larger site, and a new museum was built--modeled after the Villa dei Papiri in Italy. In 1981, the J. Paul Getty Trust expanded its mission to include conservation, education and research. The Trust committed to bringing all of the Getty programs together on one campus; the new Getty Center opened to the public in December 1997. The museum features European painting, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, decorative arts and American and European photographs, as well as a wide range of programs including gallery talks, lectures, film screenings and family activities--many offered in both Spanish and English. The museum has hosted a number of Latino/Spanish exhibitions, including "Pictorial Manuscripts From Pre-Columbian and Early Colonial Mexico," "Imagining Havana: From Cosmos to Playroom" and "Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Recuerdo de unos anos." Selections from the permanent collection include works by Alvarez Bravo, Graciela Iturbide, Flor Garduno, Adolfo Biener, Marc Ferrez, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Luisa Roldan, Joaquin Torres-Garcia and David Alfaro Siqueiros. The Getty Conservation Institute is overseeing conservation of Siqueiros' mural, "America Tropical," at Olvera Plaza.

Current/upcoming exhibitions: "Expressions in the Gallery: Less Visible Material Culture in the Central City Corridor" (at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee through June 30); "Juanes to Goya: Spanish Drawings 1560-1825," the Getty Center, Sept. 14-Nov. 28.


Laguna Art Museum

307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, 92651; (949) 494-6351; Tue.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Bolton Colburn, director.

Background: Founded in 1918, the Laguna Art Museum is the oldest cultural institution in Orange County. Dedicated to the exhibition of American art with a particular focus on California, the museum documents regional art and places it in a national context; the museum's collection includes many exemplary works by California artists dating from the late 19th century to the present. Past exhibitions include "Mexican Masters in California: 1920-1940" and "Mexicanidad: Modotti and Weston." The permanent collection includes the Spence collection, with works by Chaz Bojorquez, Barbara Carrasco and Antonio Gomez-Bueno.

Current exhibition: "Patssi Valdez: A Precarious Comfort," the first major museum exhibition of Valdez's art, features more than 50 paintings by this Southern California contemporary Chicana artist. Through July 11.


Latino Museum of History, Art and Culture

112 S. Main St., Los Angeles, 90012; (213) 626-7600; Thur.-Tue., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Denise Lugo, director.

Background: In the planning stages since the early 1980s, the museum officially opened its doors to the public in May 1998 with the exhibition "Paul Sierra: A Cultural Corridor." Dedicated to interpreting the cultural understanding of Latino art, history and culture, the museum is assembling a permanent collection, has initiated an interdisciplinary educational program of Latin American art history in local elementary schools, and holds an annual "'Dia de los Muertos" exhibition.

Current/upcoming exhibitions: "Warma Yachay," Peruvian art from the Andes (through June 20); "La Patria Partatil--100 Years of Mexican Chromo Art Calendars," July 1-Aug. 31.


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