Sunday, July 16, 2017
More Latino Art
When: through August 6, 2017
I don't know how it happened, but 2017 has rushed by in a blur. It doesn't seem possible that it's more than halfway over, but since I've started seeing shows that close in August, I have no choice but to believe it's so.
I saw several things this week, the largest of which is this show of photographs by Latino photographers, depicting life in urban neighborhoods. The time frame is early 1960's through the 1980's. The series I chose for the blog photo is by Camilo Jose Vergara, and it's called "65 East 125th Street, Harlem." It's the same storefront as it changes over the years. It starts out as a lounge, with a rather "dive bar" look to it and winds up as a church. I don't know if this is due to changes in the surrounding neighborhood, or just the vicissitudes of business, but it makes you think about the passing of time, which, I guess, brings us back to the whole "I can't believe it's already July" idea.
I found myself remembering the photography show I saw at American Indian recently; it's really a similar idea - documenting the people of an area that is often overlooked by mainstream society. The portraits of children especially made me think of that other show.
I also liked the "Long Beach Documentary Survey Project, 1980" by Anthony Hernandez, which is bus stops and people waiting for buses to arrive. Been there (well, not exactly there, but in that same situation); done that. I can remember, as a graduate student with no car, wishing I lived at "Not in Service" since that was where all the buses seemed to be going.
Perhaps the most interesting piece was Ruben Ochoa's "What if Walls Created Spaces?" which is a lenticular print mounted on aluminum composite. As you walk past, the highway wall pictured opens up and green space is revealed.
Verdict: Nicely laid out show; interesting photographs made by a group (Latinos) that I don't see enough of in my lunchtime travels. I'm hoping more Latino art will go on display in future.