LA: Three Can’t-Miss Latino Art Exhibits This Week

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Image: Carlos Donjuan

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.


Carlos Donjuan — The Day You Arrived

For many second generation Latinos, the term “illegal alien” definitely rings a bell. As a kid, Carlos Donjuan couldn’t understand what those words meant. What did an”illegal alien” look like? Through his art, Donjuan explores the many visions that popped into his head when thinking about this baffling, arbitrary term. Through watercolor and acrylic paintings — as well as drawings — the artist creates hybrid and strange creatures. Head to AR4T Gallery to check out his first solo exhibition in California. The opening reception will take place August 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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AR4T Gallery
1175 S. Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 988-0603

Opening-Night Celebration for Torrance Art + Film Lab — Charles H. Wilson Park

As part of its series LACMA9 Art+Film Lab, LACMA will present a kick-off party for the latest lab in Torrance. Each time the project comes to a new location, visitors get the chance to participate in oral history projects, outdoor screenings and more. For this opening night celebration, LACMA will present a screening of the film “Still Walking” and live music by Cuicani. The unique group takes influence from Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin music. The event is totally free and open to everyone; head to Charles H. Wilson Park on August 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to join the festivities. Live music starts at 7 p.m. and the film screening begins at 8 p.m.

Charles H. Wilson Park
2200 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90501


Youth Artist Exhibition — Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School

Creativity starts at a young age so receiving the right support definitely makes a difference. Self-Help Graphics is presenting work by the next generation of artists this weekend. As part of a five-week summer program called S.O.Y. Artista — also known as Summer of Youth Artist Program — the Youth Artist Exhibition will showcase work from budding artists. The show will display art from a range of mediums like photography, phone art and screen printing. Head to the event on August 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to show your support.

Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School
1200 Plaza Del Sol, Boyle Heights, CA 90033