Art & Nature | Pablo Vargas Lugo: Seascape

Pablo Vargas Lugo: Seascape
Thursday, November 2 – Sunday, December 2
Main Beach, Laguna Beach
Free admission

For the fifth edition of Art & Nature, Mexican artist Pablo Vargas Lugo has chosen to bring the intervention sponsored annually by Laguna Art Museum into the waters of the Pacific Ocean. This artwork will acknowledge the origins of Laguna Beach as a haven for plein air painters, and its character as a city whose imagination remains firmly set on the seas in spite of its incorporation into the vast urban sprawl of Southern California. During Art & Nature the ever-changing seascape and a familiar element of urban infrastructure and growth will come together, pinpointing a small section of the ocean as a seascape under observation and reminding viewers of the shifting conditions under which development and our future are taking form.

About Pablo Vargas Lugo

Pablo Vargas Lugo was born in Mexico City in 1968. He studied at the National School of Visual Arts in the National University of Mexico from 1988 to 1993. Since 1991 his work has been shown extensively in Mexico, South America, the United States, and Europe. Among his most important solo exhibitions are micromegas, at Museo Amparo, Puebla and Museo Tamayo in Mexico City; Intemperie at Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City; Eclipses for Austin at the Blanton Museum of Art; Contemporary Projects at LACMA in Los Angeles; and Congo Bravo at Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico City.

Lugo’s work has been shown at the 26th Bienal de São Paulo and the 5th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and in institutions such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and MALBA in Buenos Aires. He lives and works in Mexico City.


Schedule of Events

  • November 2: Local galleries open nature-inspired exhibitions during First Thursdays Art Walk in Laguna Beach.
  • November 3: Pablo Vargas Lugo discusses his work, including the Art & Nature commission, Seascape.
  • November 4: Curators Katherine Manthorne and Alberto Nulman Magidin, Seascape artist Pablo Vargas Lugo, and historian Steven Hackel discuss California Mexicana: Land Into Landscape, moderated by Malcolm Warner.
  • November 4: California historian William Deverell gives the Art & Nature keynote lecture.
  • November 5: The Art & Nature Family Festival offers free art, nature, and science activities for visitors of all ages.
  • Continuing through December 2: Pablo Vargas Lugo’s Seascape is on view off Main Beach.

About Art & Nature

Art & Nature serves a number of purposes: to provide a festival of art and ideas for the community; to inspire artists; to find and develop connections between art and science; to raise awareness of environmental issues; and to celebrate Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature. The museum’s Executive Director, Malcolm Warner, explains why Laguna Art Museum is the ideal organization to conceive, develop, and present the popular program:

“The theme of Art & Nature speaks particularly to the identity of Laguna Beach, which for over a hundred years has been a center for art, the appreciation of nature, and environmental awareness. In 1929, when the Laguna Beach Art Association built an art gallery to show and sell their work, they chose a commanding location on the coastline close to the natural wonders they loved to paint. The present museum occupies the same site. There could be no more appropriate venue in which to explore the art-nature connection.”