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.

Reflections in Modern Mexican Silver: Consider the Context – LACMA

Bling. It might be a word we use a lot today but that doesn’t mean people from centuries ago didn’t get it, too. Take for example, the 1920s artisans in Mexico who created seriously cool silver objects for us to see today. Art History professor Dr. Penny Morrill looks closely at these objects and will give a talk at LACMA on April 14 at 3 p.m. about the stories each one holds. The handmade pieces show a move towards making jewelry that reflected traditional Mexican culture, so some pieces make creative use of their material to bring life to strange creatures. Dr. Morrill will also be around for a book signing afterwards and you can pick up copy of Margot Van Voorhies: The Art of Mexican Enamelwork at the museum. It’s 485 photos of legit silver pieces and Dr. Morrill can answer all your burning questions about them – except maybe where to find such cool bling today.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000


Instagram Jam Exhibition – Graffiti House LA

Shows to celebrate Month of Photography Los Angeles started last week and they continue for the rest of the month. This weekend, you can check out a more alternative photo show using that one app that’s probably in your phone next to Facebook or Twitter – Instagram. Graffiti House LA will display the best of the best Instagrammers on the block and sell their works on prints this Friday, April 12 and some of the proceeds will go to SNAPSHOP! a workshop for youths in need of art programs. Check out a number of Instagammers’ talent, including photos from Dwell magazine Creative Director Alejandro Chavetta. The opening reception goes from 8 p.m. to midnight – just make sure to RSVP to Oh, and instagram some photos while you’re there.

Graffiti House LA
310 N. Madison Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Performance and Popp, MexiCali Biennial – Vincent Price Art Museum

If you haven’t yet check out the MexiCali Biennial at the Vincent Price Art Museum – themed around cannibalism this year – this weekend will give you one last chance. Head over to the museum Saturday, April 13 for the last day of the show and a special event at 2 p.m. The museum will invite art metal bands HELL-(O) and and Los Nueva Maevans along with Daniel Lara. Add to that a surprise from artist Nancy Popp, who works with performance art, and you’ve got quite a mix for a closing party.

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