This fall, artist and CalArts alum Rubén Ortiz-Torres (Art MFA 92) participates in two exhibitions as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the Getty’s collaborative exploration of Latin American and Latino art in Los Angeles taking place at arts institutions across Southern California.
On Sept. 9, How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney opened jointly at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at West Hollywood’s Schindler House. Curated by Ortiz-Torres and writer-filmmaker Jesse Lerner, the show features more than 150 works by 48 artists investigating the myriad ways Latin American artists have responded to, reinterpreted, reappropriated, subverted and misappropriated Disney iconography.
The show's title takes its inspiration from the star character from the 1971 Chilean book, Para leer al Pato Donald (How to Read Donald Duck), which Ortiz-Torres discovered while studying at CalArts in the 1990s. While the book examines Disney comics and their influence on (and contribution to) capitalism, the exhibition explores how Disney has continuously looked to Latin America for content and how its cultural output has been received.
On Sept. 24, Ortiz-Torres’ solo show, Rubén Ortiz-Torres: White Washed America, will open at Royale Projects in Downtown Los Angeles. His first major U.S. solo show since 2012, the exhibition will include paintings and sculptures revealing influences from lowrider and punk culture, anarchism and minimalism.
Originally from Mexico City, Ortiz-Torres lives and works in Los Angeles and San Diego, where he is a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego. His work spans a variety of media and is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid.
Rubén Ortiz-Torres at PST: LA/LA
How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney
Sept. 9, 2017-Jan. 14, 2018
The Luckman Fine Arts Complex
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles
MAK Center for Art and Architecture
835 N. Kings Rd., West Hollywood
Rubén Ortiz-Torres: White Washed America
Sept. 24–Dec. 10, 2017
432 S. Alameda St, Los Angeles
—by Katie Dunham