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A Universal History of Infamy
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  A Universal History of Infamy
Edited by José Luis Blondet, Rita Gonzalez, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Jennifer Cernada.
Texts by Anuradha Vikram, José Luis Blondet, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Rita Gonzalez.

Graphic design: Studio Manuel Raeder.
published in November 2018
English edition
18 x 25 cm (softcover)
272 pages (color & b/w ill.)
ISBN: 978-3-943514-80-3
EAN: 9783943514803
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This catalogue questions the place of U.S. Latino and Latin American art in U.S. museums and art history. It engages a series of artists working across a range of media—from installation and performance to drawing and video.
“A Universal History of Infamy” was a multi-pronged exhibition that opened across three different art spaces in Los Angeles County, with the support of the Getty Foundation, under Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. The “A” in the title announces the shortcomings of any “universal history” or comprehensive exhibition survey, which is particularly relevant considering the varied interests and experiences of US Latino and Latin American artists. The artists included upend any notion of absoluteness, whether it be in relationship to what defines Latin America, the art associated with it, or the methods of approaching its complex history. In addition to curatorial essays—all different in format and scope—this publication offers a look into the different perspectives, approaches, and scales highlighted at each of the show's venues: an encyclopedic museum (LACMA), a school (Charles White Elementary School), and an artist residency complex (18th Street Arts Center).
With Angela Bonadíes, Mariana Castillo Deball, Carolina Caycedo, Josefina Guilisasti, Tamar Guimarães & Kasper Akhøj, Runo Lagomarsino, Fernanda Laguna, Michael Linares, NuMu [Stefan Benchoam, Jessica Kairé], MapaTeatro [Heidi Abderhalden, Rolf Abderhalden], Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, Gala Porras-Kim, Vincent Ramos, Oscar Santillán, Zinny & Maidagan, Carla Zaccagnini.

Published following the eponymous cycle of exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, from August 20, 2017, to February 19, 2018, at the 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, from September 9 to December 15, 2017, and at Charles White Elementary, from December 9, 2017, to October 6, 2018.