On these heat rash inducing days when all I want to do is take showers and more showers, it’s extra nice to look at beautiful things within a cooled museum. Every time I visit the Museum of Latin American Art, I’m rewarded with something new, fun, and thought provoking.
This time I went for The Portfolio Series: Mondongo Argentine show.
My art-loving mom wanted to see it, especially since she’s from there. Lo and behold, the exhibit somewhat disappointing — great but tiny!
‘Somewhat’ only — because I was delighted to see oodles of other great stuff! Dunno how MOLAA decides to publicize one thing and not another — I’ll show you what I mean.
There’re Ramiro Gómez Jr.’s showy magazine photos cleverly brought up to the reality by the insertion of the workers (hover over or tap photos for titles) …
There’s historical political art …
There’s classically gorgeous stuff …
And then there’s Luis Tapia’s work! How can it be that he’s not given a dedicated calendar event listing when MOLAA’s dedicated an entire room to his work?! Is MOLAA afraid that this little museum, so beloved by all sorts of people, will get all the more popular and they won’t be able to accommodate everyone? (Hover over or tap pix to see titles.)
Who’s your favorite artist?
Iconic Los Angeles artist Frank Romero has helped define Los Angeles.
It’s about time that he has a solo show at the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA, located in Long Beach).
A long time activist, he’s a self-described visual historian and storyteller.
I say he’s also a journalist and a feminist.
The fabulous museum opened in the mid-90s. Up until a few years ago, it only displayed art by Central American and South American artists. No North American art.
After decades of community pressure, a few years ago it let Latin North American art in.
Only now has it gotten around to featuring a Chicano in a solo show. Romero is a great choice.
Great things are alway going on at MOLAA. Sundays are free admission.
Right now, in addition to Romero’s art, hurry over to enjoy a wonderful Frida Kahlo collection of photos and correspondence.