Museum Of Art

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The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative allowed to take advantage of the opportunity to attend the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). I was able to take advantage of looking at three different exhibitions in a span of 4 hours but will only be discussing two of them, which are, the “Playing with Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz” and “Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985.” These two exhibitions really brought forth a different perspective through history by tying in the experience that Chicanos, Indigenous, and Latino/a folks have had to learn to endure and navigate when Spaniard colonization and American industrialization began to take place. Also, I was able to view and listen online to two…show more content…
This was the first time in 30 years that his artwork as a Mexican-American, Chicano artist, was displayed and put in one central location all together. He formed a part of the Chicano art movement during the 1970’s he founded an artist collective called Los Four in order to bring attention to the art that was being created not only by them but from other Chicano/as. The artwork that Almaraz created was meant to be cultural and political however, as he evolved and changed as person so did his art pieces. Some seem to be giving you a more private insider to his thoughts and life, you could tell he was an extremely complex character. Almaraz did not separate any of his cultural knowledge and contradictory identities he carried. Instead he chose to embrace through his artwork “hybridity and crossover” since some of his ideas even for the 1970’s could potentially be seen as controversial. The art piece called “The Struggle of Mankind” created in 1984 is very sexually and erotically charged. It is an explicit piece that shows two naked men who are wrestlers seem to be engaging in some sort of “homoerotic” encounter. Almaraz begins to explore themes of sexual fluidity which was quite daring of him to publically display. This brought me to remember a part in the book of “Freud’s Mexico: Into the Wilds of Psychoanalysis” where in chapter one, Perversions, where the Poet Salvador Novo affirms his sexual orientation with such
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