Celebrate the Launch of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

PST: LA/LA Launch Party, Free Day at 50+ museums, opening receptions & more

"Octopus Frontlet," 300–600, Moche culture; gold, chrysocolla, shells. Museo de la Nación, Lima, Peru, MN-14602. Ministerio de Cultura del Perú | Courtesy of "Golden Kingdoms" at the Getty Center
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Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA involves more than 70 Southern California cultural institutions, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara to San Diego, participating in a vibrant and diverse array of exhibitions, public events and performances that explore Latin American and Latino art. 


PST: LA/LA Launch Party

On Thursday, Sept. 14, celebrate the launch of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA with a free day-long party at Grand Park in Downtown L.A. Taking place from noon to 10 p.m, the PST: LA/LA Launch Party features live music and dance performances, activities, giveaways, photo opportunities, food, drinks and a chance to plan your itinerary for Southern California’s largest arts experience.

The party kicks off at noon with an exciting lineup of music and dance performances by Ori, presenting an exploration of ancestral and modern folk music from Latin America, with an emphasis on Afro-Cuban and Brazilian dances. The musical entertainment heats up again with the Afro-Latin vibes of DJ Cee Brown, who takes the stage at 6pm accompanied by Aponte, who has been called "the future of Latin sounds." At 8:30pm, Quantic Live blends the sounds of Global Dance music with the powerful, iconic rhythms of Tropicalia, Cumbia, Soul and Salsa. His sound embodies L.A.'s unique role as the crossroads of Latin, electronic, and global dance music.

All-day activities include:

  • The ¡Momento! pop-up pavilion is a comfortable and stimulating vantage point to savor the sights and sounds of the party and provides a jumping-off point for all the PST: LA/LA exhibitions and programs throughout Southern California. The pavilion includes an information kiosk, a “reading room” of exhibition catalogues, and a relaxing place to gather.
  • An immersive “All Hands on Deck” workshop features cards representing each of the exhibitions in PST: LA/LA. Visitors can build their own unique structures, work on several collaborative mega “card houses” on site, and take home a limited set representing PST: LA/LA experiences.
  • The traveling PST: LA/LA Mobile will offer a customizable selfie station and interactive technology to get a sneak peek at the many cultural institutions and works of art waiting to be discovered during PST: LA/LA.
  • Themed food trucks will be at Grand Park all day. Cash bar will be available beginning at 5pm.


PST: LA/LA Free Day

More than 50 museums throughout Southern California will offer free admission on Sunday, Sept. 17, in celebration of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA launch week. A full list of Free Day participating institutions is available at pacificstandardtime.org/freeday.

Los Angeles area museums participating in PST: LA/LA Free Day include:


  • California African American Museum
  • Chinese American Museum
  • ICA LA (Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • Los Angeles Central Library
  • The Mistake Room
  • MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)
  • REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater)
  • Self Help Graphics & Art
  • USC Fisher Museum of Art
  • Vincent Price Art Museum


  • Autry Museum of the American West
  • LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions)
  • LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) at West Hollywood Park
  • Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
  • MAK Center for Art and Architecture
  • ONE Gallery, West Hollywood


  • Craft & Folk Art Museum
  • LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)


  • The Annenberg Space for Photography
  • 18th Street Arts Center
  • Fowler Museum at UCLA
  • The Getty Center
  • Hammer Museum
  • Skirball Cultural Center


  • Angels Gate Cultural Center
  • ESMoA
  • Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
  • Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Matlz Gallery
  • Torrance Art Museum
  • University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach


  • Pasadena Museum of California Art


Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, "Finding Balance," at CAAM
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, "Finding Balance," 2015. 28 Polaroid Prints mounted on aluminium, 154 x 104 in. Courtesy the artist.

Additional Launch Week highlights include:

"Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A." - Central Library (Sept. 16)
The Los Angeles Library Foundation (LFLA) celebrates Oaxacan culture at the landmark Central Library on Saturday, Sept. 16 for the grand opening of Visualizing Language: Oaxaca in L.A, with music, tours and a workshop with artist collective Tlacolulokos.

"Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell" - Vincent Price Art Museum (Sept. 16)
Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell is the first comprehensive retrospective exhibition of the L.A.-based artist who has garnered significant critical attention for her contributions to performative, feminist, and queer art genres. The opening reception is taking place at the Vincent Price Art Museum on Sept. 16 from 5-7 p.m. Free admission.

Imperial Radiance: Luxury Arts in the Land of the Incas - Getty Center (Sept. 17)
On Sunday, Sept. 17, Joanne Pillsbury of the Metropolitan Museum of Art will explore the development of luxury culture in the ancient Andes, from the earliest ornaments in gold created over 3,000 years ago in Peru, to the spectacular achievements of artists in the royal courts of the Inca, including Machu Picchu. Timed to coincide with the opening of the Getty Center exhibition, Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas, this talk casts new light on the brilliance of ancient American artists and their legacy. Free admission. Advance ticket required.

"Transpacific Borderlands" - JANM (Sept. 17)
Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo will examine the experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California. To celebrate the opening day of Transpacific Borderlands, the Japanese American National Museum will present a panel discussion and artist talks in the galleries throughout the day.

"Día de los Muertos" - Self Help Graphics & Arts (Sept. 17)
On Sunday, Sept. 17, Self Help Graphics & Arts presents an afternoon of community art workshops for the whole family, music and food to celebrate the opening of Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present and Future. The event is taking place noon to 5pm and admission is free.

"Circles and Circuits I" - CAAM (Sept. 19)
On Tuesday, Sept. 19 the California African American Museum (CAAM) hosts an opening reception and curators’ talk for Circles and Circuits I: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora. Co-curators Alexandra Chang and Steven Y. Wong will provide an in-depth look at the two-part exhibition, moderated by art historian and independent curator Julia P. Herzberg. Curators' Talk begins at 6:30 p.m.

"Circles and Circuits II" - CAM (Sept. 20)
The Chinese American Museum (CAM) presents the opening reception and curators’ talk for Circles and Circuits II: Contemporary Chinese Caribbean Art. Co-curators Alexandra Chang and Steven Y. Wong will provide an in-depth look at the two-part exhibition, moderated by art historian and independent curator Julia P. Herzberg. Curators' Talk begins at 6:30 p.m. in Pico House.


"The Words of Others" - REDCAT (Sept. 16)
A cast of 30 readers will create a "chorus" of contemporary voices to interpret The Words of Others (1967), a literary collage by León Ferrari, which represents an essential political piece in Ferrari’s body of work and constitutes a tribute to him as an artist and a defender of culture and civil rights. Free admission. 

"¡GAYTINO! Made in America" - LACMA (Sept. 17)
Dan Guerrerro, lifelong friend of Carlos Almaraz, presents ¡GAYTINO! Made in America, a remarkable life journey from 1950s East L.A. to New York in the '60s and '70s and back to Hollywood. The solo performance travels through decades of Mexican-American history and gay experience. Guerrero and Almaraz moved together to New York in 1961, and shared adventures that make their way into this one-of-a-kind performance.

Café Tacvba - Hollywood Bowl (Sept. 17)
This celebratory concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, Sept. 17 features the Mexico City alt-rock band Café Tacvba, L.A.’s own GRAMMY® Award winning La Santa Cecilia, and Chilean songstress Mon Laferte. For tickets, visit the Hollywood Bowl website.