Home—So Different, So Appealing

Organized by the CSRC for the Getty-led arts initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, the exhibition Home—So Different, So Appealing will explore how contemporary U.S. Latino and Latin American artists address the concept of “home.” 

The exhibition will run June 11-October 15, 2017 at the Broad Contemporary Art Museum located at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and then travel to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), among other venues. Home—So Different, So Appealing is curated by Chon Noriega, director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center; Mari Carmen Ramírez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Pilar Tompkins Rivas, director of the Vincent Price Art Museum. A full-color catalog published by CSRC Press will accompany the exhibition.

Home is an essential social concept that bridges political, economic, and geographic divides; this universality enables Home—So Different, So Appealing to foster a rich dialogue between U.S. Latino and Latin American artists, many of whom have never before been presented together. Spanning seven decades and featuring works that range in style from Pop art and Conceptualism to “anarchitecture” and autoconstrucción, the exhibition offers an alternative narrative of postwar and contemporary art in the Western Hemisphere. The exhibition will be divided into themes:  Model Homes, Archaeology of Home, Mapping Home, Recycled Homes, Home as Form, Embodied Home, Troubled Homeland, and Going Home.

Home—So Different, So Appealing features nearly one hundred works made from the late 1950s to the present by artists from U.S. Latino communities, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and elsewhere. This will be the first large-scale exhibition at a major U.S. museum to put into dialogue U.S. Latino and Latin American contemporary art.