The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA).
Throughout history, art has played a valuable role in sharing culture, garnering attention for serious political and social issues, as well as bringing people together from all walks of life. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA seeks to accomplish the same goals by bringing Latin American and Latino exhibits, performances, and events to over 70 institutions throughout Southern California including Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara. San Diegans will also get the opportunity to explore some of the featured works locally and throughout the region from September 2017 through January 2018. The extensive artistic venture was made possible by more than $16 million in grants from the Getty Foundation to LA Phil, The Music Center, and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Many of the artwork exhibitions focus on challenges Latinos have faced throughout history and their place in society today. The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) will spotlight over 100 pieces of work by 19 Mexican photographers in Point/Counterpoint: Contemporary Mexican Photography. The collection will explore current social and political issues in Mexico including religion and gender. Unlike typical photography installations, this exhibition will incorporate various methods and styles. Hyper-relevant to Southern Californians, the Oceanside Museum of Art casts a light on the issues of immigration, human rights, labor issues, and biculturalism through unDocumenta. University of San Diego, University Galleries will participate with Xerografia: Copyart in Brazil, 1970-1990 which will feature an obscure form of art that integrates photocopying and copy paper into complex concepts; a unique style established in Brazil.
While these exhibits are impressive and convenient, many more will also be showing throughout Southern California and are great for a weekend or day trip. Whatever your interest, this widespread artistic endeavor has something interesting for everyone.