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Getty Foundation Awards $5 Million for Latino/Latin American Art

originally posted by Philanthropy News Digest
May 7, 2014

The Getty Foundation has announced grants totaling $5 million to arts institutions in Southern California through its Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA program, which explores the connections between Los Angeles and Latino/Latin American arts and culture.

Representing the third round of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative, the grants will help fund artist residencies, performances, and film screenings as well as planning and research for exhibitions on a variety of topics, including Latin America’s relationship with the rest of the world, the history of exchange among Latin American countries, and the Latin American diaspora. Recipients include the 18th Street Arts Center, which was awarded $60,000 in support of residencies for eight Latin American artists; the Music Center, which was awarded $65,000 to scout and recruit performing arts groups to put on shows in conjunction with the exhibitions; and the Chinese American Museum, which will receive $55,000 for an exhibition on ethnic Chinese artists who work in or emigrated from the Caribbean.

Other recipients include the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, which was awarded $275,000 to partner with museums in Mexico and Peru for a show that will explore how artists from Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, and Mexico found ways to share their work outside the mainstream museum system; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which will receive $335,000 for research on three exhibitions — “A Universal History of Infamy”; “50 Years of Design in Latin America, 1920 to 1970″; and a retrospective of the work of Carlos Almaraz, who, as a member of the L.A. art collective “Los Four,” played an important role in the Chicano cultural awakening of the 1970s.

James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, told the Los Angeles Times that another round of grants totaling at least $5 million will help cover the cost of staging the exhibitions. As with previous funding rounds, each institution is expected to secure matching funding to round out their exhibition and programming budgets.

“With its historical roots in Latin America and its diverse population, Los Angeles embraces a global culture,” Cuno said in a statement. In a way that is possible only in Los Angeles, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA raises complex and provocative issues about present-day relations between north and south and the rapidly changing social and cultural fabric of Southern California.”

“There’s been a bit of a divide, a boundary, with U.S. Latinos and Latin Americans seen as doing fundamentally different work and coming out of a fundamentally different context,” Chon Noriega, director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, told theTimes. “The way LA/LA has been framed is a way of breaking that down a bit to explore the complexity of what has been done.”

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