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

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Photo: Woman of Color, Isabel Martinez

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.


Gabriel Figueroa: Under the Mexican Sky – LACMA

Mexican cinematography fans have been waiting for this day with much anticipation. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art will unveil it’s show “Under the Mexican Sky — Art and Film” featuring the work of Gabriel Figueroa to commemorate an iconic name in the history of Mexican film. Figueroa’s impact was broad and lasting; in addition to making his mark on the film world he is also credited with influencing the work of contemporaries like Diego Rivera and Manuel Alvaraez Bravo. The comprehensive LACMA show will feature not only film clips but also paintings, photographs and more — some by other cinematographers and artists that admired Figueroa. The show opened September 22nd and will run until February 2nd — plenty of time to appreciate FIgueroa’s work more than once.

5905 Wilshire Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000

Pablo Rasgado: Vanishing Act

Tired of your standard gallery shows? How about a show within a show? That’s kind of what you can see at Pablo Rasgado’s opening this September 28th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The one-of-a-kind display will include two floor-to-ceiling concrete block structures that present architectural interventions undertaken by Rasgado in the last year, and a group of photographic images. Another room will show images of art handlers hanging those photos you just saw. If that alone piques your interest, the rest of Rasgado’s work does not disappoint, as the Mexico City-based artists works with the urban environment. He does work with buildings but also takes photographs that capture buildings surrounded by fog. The complicated nature of his work — like any complex art — is probably better understood when seen in person, so head to the gallery for a memorable, intriguing show.

Steve Turner Contemporary
6026 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 931-3721

Avenue 50 Studio’s Semi-Annual Fundraiser and Art Auction

With a big focus on Chicano and Latino art, Avenue 50 Studio continues to encourage the work of up-and-coming artists. The organization hosts other events such as film screenings and poetry events to keep the community thinking creatively. It’s a cause that you can help support this Sunday, September 29 at an eventful fundraising event. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. the organization will present work from artists, live poetry, a silent art auction, music and more. For $35 you can attend the event, discover new art and help support an organization with a mission near and dear to any Latino art lover’s heart. Not to mention it’s a good chance to get a drink with other art lovers in the area.

Pico House
424 N Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 258-1435