Kinesthesia: Latin American Art, 1954-1969
August 28, 2017 – January 15, 2018
The Palm Springs Art Museum, as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, is exhibiting two major installations. Kinesthesia: Latin American Art, 1954-1969 features more than fifty works by nine South American artists. Included are major figures Carlos Cruz-Diez, Gyula Kosice, Julio Le Parc, and Jesús Rafael Soto, along with Martha Boto, Horacio García-Rossi, Alejandro Otero, Abraham Palatnik, and Gregorio Vardánega. Their work emerged during the height of the international Kinetic Art movement in the 1950s and ’60s. This is the first in-depth examination of the South American Kinetic Art movement to be staged, and not only sits well at home in Palm Springs’ midcentury milieu, but is also sure to strike a cord with the Instagram crowd, as the exhibition is filled with optically and physically moving works, such as Julio le Parc’s reflective light installations, as well as experiential and interactive works, like Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Chromosaturation, in which the entire gallery becomes an immersive, multicolored space.
The second exhibition, Albert Frey and Lina Bo Bardi: A Search for Living Architecture, is on view at the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture + Design Center, and uses 3-D models, original drawings, design objects, and vintage photography to convey the two midcentury masters’ shared belief in architecture as a way to connect people, nature, and buildings.
For more information on Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, which encompasses art museums all over Southern California through January 2018, visit pacificstandardtime.org.