Laguna Art Museum Announces Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Exhibition California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820-1930


For Immediate Release: July 26, 2017

Media Contact: Cody Lee | 949.494.8971 x211











LAGUNA BEACH, CA (July 26, 2017) — On October 15, Laguna Art Museum will open the exhibition California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820–1930 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, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is the latest collaborative effort from arts institutions across Southern California presenting thematically linked exhibitions and programs designed to celebrate the region’s vibrant cultural history. Laguna Art Museum is one of only four participants in Orange County.

California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820–1930 explores how Mexico became California. After the U.S.-Mexican War, lands that had belonged for centuries to New Spain, and later Mexico, were transformed into the 31st state of the U.S. The visual arts created distinct pictorial motifs and symbols that helped define the new California while establishing dialogues and intersections with the land’s previous identity as Mexico.

Showing paintings along with posters, books, photographs, and some of the earliest films made in Los Angeles, the exhibition demonstrates how images of California spread worldwide. The selection ranges from picturesque landscapes of Alta California and still life paintings of fruits and flowers that celebrated the state’s agricultural growth, to works by modernists such as Diego Rivera who were inspired by the art of ancient Mexico. California Mexicana reveals how a unique combination of Mexican and Anglo visual traditions created a profile for California distinct from any other U.S. state.

California Mexicana comprises over 100 artworks, including loans from museums across the United States and in Mexico. The exhibition is curated by Professor Katherine E. Manthorne of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, assisted by Professor Alberto Nulman of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.


Major support for the California Mexicana: Missions to Murals, 1820–1930 exhibition and publication is provided through grants from the Getty Foundation.

Additional support for the exhibition is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. The publication, edited by Professor Katherine E. Manthorne, authored by Professor Katherine E. Manthorne, Professor Alberto Nulman, Professor Clara Bargellini, and Professor Michael Komanecky, is supported by a grant from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.



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Related Exhibitions and Events

October 15 – January 14: Dan McCleary: Prints from Oaxaca
Since 2000 the Los Angeles-based artist Dan McCleary has made regular visits to the Taller de Grabado in Oaxaca, Mexico, to work with master printer Fernando Sandoval. This exhibition, concurrent with California Mexicana and also part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, focuses on the prints McCleary has made at the Taller.

September 28, 6pm: Heather MacDonald
Heather MacDonald, Program Officer at the Getty Foundation, introduces PST: LA/LA, the Getty’s Latin America-themed collaboration with museums across Southern California.

October 15, 2pm: Professor Katherine E. Manthorne
Katherine E. Manthorne, Professor of Modern Art of the Americas at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and curator of California Mexicana, introduces the exhibition on the opening day.

October 26, 6pm: Professor Jesse Lerner
Jesse Lerner, Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College, speaks in conjunction with California Mexicana.

November 2 – 5: Art & Nature
The museum’s annual Art & Nature festival presents special exhibitions, a commissioned outdoor artwork, a keynote lecture, panel discussions, performances, and family activities on the theme of art’s engagement with the natural world. The event 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 commissioned artist for this year’s outdoor artwork is Mexico City-based Pablo Vargas Lugo.


About Pacific Standard Time

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles taking place from September 2017 through January 2018. Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a collaboration of arts institutions across Southern California.

Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions and programs, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA highlights different aspects of Latin American and Latino art from the ancient world to the present day. With topics such as

luxury arts in the pre-Columbian Americas, 20th century Afro-Brazilian art, alternative spaces in Mexico City, and boundary-crossing practices of Latino artists, exhibitions range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries.

Supported by more than $16 million in grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA involves more than 70 cultural institutions from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.


About Laguna Art Museum

Laguna Art Museum is the museum of California art. Its mission is to collect, care for, and exhibit works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, its special loan exhibitions, its educational programs, and its library and archive, the museum enhances the public’s knowledge and appreciation of California art of all periods and styles, and encourages art-historical scholarship in this field.

Laguna Art Museum stands just steps from the Pacific Ocean in the beautiful city of Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by the early California artists who had discovered the town and transformed it into a vibrant arts community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of today’s Laguna Art Museum.

Laguna Art Museum is located at 307 Cliff Drive in Laguna Beach, on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Cliff Drive.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Closed Wednesdays
Closed Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

General admission: $7.00
Students, seniors (60+), and active military: $5.00
Children under 12: FREE
Museum members: FREE

Media Contact: Cody Lee, Director of Communications | 949.494.8971 x211 |

Image credits: Ferdinand Deppe, San Gabriel Mission, oil on canvas, c. 1832, 27 x 37 inches, Laguna Art Museum Collection, gift of Nancy Dustin Wall Moure. Charles Christian Nahl, La Plaza de Toros: Sunday Morning in Monterey, 1874, oil on canvas, 71 x 112 inches, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, gift of Mrs. Silsby M. Spalding.