A Universal History of Infamy

BCAM, Level 2
August 20, 2017–February 19, 2018

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This exhibition engages 16 U.S. Latino and Latin American artists and collaborative teams working across a range of media—from installation and performance to drawing and video—challenging any notion of absoluteness with regard to what constitutes Latin America and its diaspora in the United States, the art that can be associated with it, and how to approach this complex region. 

Most works on view are new projects that began during two-month residencies at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. The exhibition spans three venues—an encyclopedic museum (LACMA), a school (Charles White Elementary School), and an artist residency complex (18th Street Arts Center)—offering different perspectives, approaches, and scales in each location.

Artists in the exhibition: Angela Bonadíes (Venezuela); Mariana Castillo Deball (Mexico/Germany); Carolina Caycedo (Colombia/Los Angeles); Josefina Guilisasti (Chile); Tamar Guimarães and Kasper Akhøj (Brazil/Denmark); Runo Lagomarsino (Argentina/Sweden); Fernanda Laguna (Argentina); Michael Linares (Puerto Rico);  NuMu [Stefan Benchoam, Jessica Kairé] (Guatemala); MapaTeatro [Heidi Abderhalden, Rolf Abderhalden] (Colombia); Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa (Guatemala); Gala Porras-Kim (Colombia/Los Angeles); Vincent Ramos (Los Angeles); Oscar Santillán (Ecuador) Zinny and Maidagan (Argentina/Germany) and Carla Zaccagnini (Brazil/Sweden). 

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This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Major support is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

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This project is supported by a generous grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the AMA Foundation, the Pasadena Art Alliance, and the Wallis Annenberg Director's Endowment Fund. 

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All exhibitions at LACMA are underwritten by the LACMA Exhibition Fund. Major annual support is provided by Kitzia and Richard Goodman, with generous annual funding from Lauren Beck and Kimberly Steward, the Judy and Bernard Briskin Family Foundation, Louise and Brad Edgerton, Edgerton Foundation, Emily and Teddy Greenspan, Jenna and Jason Grosfeld, The Jerry and Kathleen Grundhofer Foundation, David Schwartz Foundation, Inc., Taslimi Foundation, and Lenore and Richard Wayne.

Image: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Breve Historia de la Arquitectura en Guatemala (A Brief History of Architecture in Guatemala), 2010–13. Single channel video installation. © Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa.