A Universal History of Infamy: Virtues of Disparity
18th Street Arts Center Main Gallery
September 9, 2017
Please join us for the opening reception of A Universal History of Infamy: Virtues of Disparity, 18th Street Arts Center’s presentation in collaboration with LACMA as part of the Getty-led initiative PST: LA/LA.
Artists will read selections of Jorge Luis Borges’ masterwork that influenced the exhibition, followed by an opening celebration and dance party.
Music by Chulita Vinyl Club.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
18th Street Arts Center, in collaboration with LACMA, presents A Universal History of Infamy: Virtues of Disparity, part of the Getty-led initiative Pacific Standard Time LA/LA. The exhibition runs from September 9 – December 15, 2017 at 18th Street Arts Center (and simultaneously at LACMA and Charles White Elementary), and features contemporary discipline-defying artists from Latin America and the United States. Over the past two years, the majority of the artists conducted research residencies at 18th Street Arts Center, conceptualizing new work for the show.
A Universal History of Infamy: Virtues of Disparity at 18th Street Arts Center is structured around themes of likeness and deception, and considers the shortcomings of different systems of writing, transcriptions, and their contested relation to authenticity. Each artist, having lived and worked all over Latin America, Europe, and Los Angeles, shares a critical approach to the spaces and structures that define these locations.
List of Featured Artists:
Ángela Bonadíes (Venezuela) ✜★
Mariana Castillo Deball (Mexico/Germany)✜★
Carolina Caycedo (Los Angeles) ★
Josefina Guilisasti (Chile) ★
Tamar Guimarães (Brazil/Denmark) and Kasper Akhøj (Denmark)✜
Runo Lagomarsino (Sweden/Brazil)✜★
Fernanda Laguna (Argentina) ★
Michael Linares (Puerto Rico) ✜★
Mapa Teatro (Colombia) ✜★
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (Guatemala) ✜★
NuMu [Stefan Benchoam, Jessica Kairé] (Guatemala) ✜
Gala Porras-Kim (Colombia/Los Angeles)★
Vincent Ramos (Los Angeles)
Oscar Santillán (Ecuador/The Netherlands) ★
Carla Zaccagnini (Argentina/Brazil)✜★
✜ Artist in residence at 18th Street| ★ presented in Virtues of Disparity at 18th Street
A Universal History of Infamy is presented as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, and curated by Rita Gonzalez, José Luis Blondet, and Pilar Tompkins Rivas.
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.
Major support of the exhibition and residencies is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.
Additional support for artist residencies related to the exhibition was generously provided by Baik Art.
Oscar Santillán, The Whisperer, 2014. Event documented on video. A bird sound is embodied by a long human chain. Courtesy of the artist.