State of the Art: Your Weekly Guide to LA’s Latino Art Openings

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State of The Art is Remezcla’s weekly guide to Latin art openings in your city each week. Mingle with art admirers, collectors and casual passersby to check out these new works. And don’t forget to grab a free glass of wine…or three.


John Valadez and Cheech Marin — Vincent Price Art Museum

John Valadez creates oil on canvas works that feel fresh, real and rooted in Los Angeles Latino culture. The artist paints photorealistic pieces that take after street photography, capturing scenes that still feel modern today despite being being taken during a 20 year period starting in the ‘70s. You can meet the artist and get to know his work with a walkthrough this October 12 at 2 p.m. Valadez will also sign copies of the exhibition catalog at 1 p.m. along with Cheech Marin who will sign copies of his book Chicanitas: Small Paintings from the Cheech Marin Collection. Head over to the museum for a day that will surely get you more interested in today’s Latino art scene.

Vincent Price Art Museum
East Los Angeles College
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 265-8841

Group Show: Reverberation — Huntington Beach Art Center

Sculpture fans get a special treat this weekend with a group show that includes a diverse range of artists. On October 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. you can check out work from artists like Ruben Ochoa, who creates cool large-scale works made out of everything from concrete to granite, and Evan Holloway who works with the human image and materiality. The show is a good introduction to important contemporary artists for those less familiar with sculpture. Even if you don’t make the opening, the show includes a few other events like a panel discussion taking place on November 23. Stop by and discover your next favorite sculptor.

Huntington Beach Art Center
538 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 374-1650

Group Show: Home Away — Armory Center for the Arts

Los Angeles cultural diversity makes its art scene all the more interesting. Looking at artists that work both in LA and other places in the world, “Home Away” examines the output that such a varied group of artists creates. The nine artists in this show deal with plenty of cultural issues, creating art that mentions everything from the US-Mexico trade to the Filipino diaspora. On October 12 from from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. you can check out this thought-provoking collection of work from some of the most diverse artists working in the art sphere. It’s always good to expand your horizons, so here’s a chance to experience different world-views without even leaving LA.

Armory Center for the Arts
145 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 792-5101