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Off the 405 x PST: Helado Negro, Maria Chavez, + Lawn Drawings
October 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
DJ set and performance by Maria Chavez
“Lawn Drawings” Installation by Krysten Cunningham
and more to be announced!
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m.; concert at 6:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Courtyard
Admission: Free; no reservations required.
Celebrate Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA at a special extended Off the 405 event! This daylong program features artist interventions, curator-led tours, and DJs, leading up to an evening concert with the mesmerizing cosmic melodies of electronic musician Helado Negro.
“Among the musicians currently redefining Latino culture worldwide, Helado Negro creates a sonic landscape that reflects 21st-century Latin America.” – NPR
Helado Negro is the electronic music project of Roberto Carlos Lange, a South Florida native born to Ecuadorian immigrants and now based in Brooklyn. His upbringing provided the essential elements for his songwriting, including his consistently bilingual (English and Spanish) lyrics. Influenced by the electro and Miami-bass he heard on the radio in his youth, Lange also incorporates shades of krautrock into his mesmerizing rhythms, loops, and hair-raising melodies. Known for his craftsmanship, he has honed his identity, ideology, and musical dexterity with constant artistic and introspective development, pouring his heart and full sincerity into his music. In addition, Lange works in the media of video, sculpture, sound, and performance.
Helado Negro tours extensively and has performed in diverse venues from clubs to cultural organizations including the Wexner Center, Columbus; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; Mass MoCA, North Adams, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.
Born in Lima, Peru, Maria Chávez is an abstract turntablist, sound artist and DJ. Aspects of chance and coincidence are recurring themes in her work and unite her sound sculptures and installations with her solo turntable performances. She is currently a research fellow in the Sound Practice Research Department at Goldsmiths, University of London, and has given lectures at numerous institutions, collaborated with various international artists and performers, and presented award-winning sound pieces. Chávez has been active as a curator and awarded several residencies, including recent stays at the CEC ArtsLink Backroom Residency in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida.
Los Angeles-based visual artist Krysten Cunningham creates a site-specific installation on the sloping green lawns of the Getty Center’s Central Garden. Utilizing brightly-colored textiles that fluoresce at night, Cunningham installs a dynamic set of “lawn drawings.” Her composition, hovering between two and three dimensionality, seeks to echo the innovative and poetic forms of geometric abstraction created by avant-garde South American painters and sculptors associated with the Concrete art movement. Complements the exhibition Making Art Concrete: Works from Argentina and Brazil in the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.
Krysten Cunningham earned a master of fine arts in sculpture from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has exhibited widely both nationally and abroad, including at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum, St Augustine, FL; the Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont; theHammer Museum, Los Angeles; Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art; the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds; and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK, among others. She runs the project space HOUSEHOLD in West Adams, Los Angeles and her work will be included in the upcoming exhibition “3D: Double Vision” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2018.
This event is 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. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.