LA/LA Set Your Clocks to Museum Time

By Christina Elston

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The Craft & Folk Art Museum is one of many participating in Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA/ PHOTO COURTESY CÁSTULO DE LA ROCHA AND ZOILA D. ESCOBAR

This autumn, the L.A. art world will be consumed with Getty-led initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an exploration of Latin American and Latino art and Los Angeles. Exhibits, programs and events will take place in more than 70 Southern California arts institutions.

It’s a mammoth multicultural, multimedia endeavor beginning with a launch party from noon-10 p.m. Sept. 14 in Grand Park. The day features music, dance, food trucks and giveaways, but perhaps the most important attraction is the PST: LA/LA Mobile, which features an interactive selfie station and information on the program’s many exhibitions.

On Sept. 17, PST: LA/LA Free Day, more than 50 institutions will offer free admission. Go to for all the details. While some installations – such as Self Help Graphics & Arts’ look at the history and culture of Día de Los Muertos – are family friendly, it is a good idea to investigate specific exhibits and institutions online before you visit.

If you can’t wait until the 14th, you can get a jump on your arts exploration at the opening of L.A.’s newest art museum, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), Sept. 9-10. The downtown L.A.-based ICA LA (1717 E. 7th St., L.A.) will offer free admission that weekend and host family-friendly activities related to its inaugural exhibition on artist Martín Ramírez.  One family-friendly workshop is “Matchsticks and Mashed Potatoes,” (11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 8), where you can make mixed-media collages using materials like matchsticks and mashed potatoes. On Sept. 9 (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.), there will be a storybook reading of Migrar by José Manuel Mateo and an art workshop with LA librería and artist Javier Martínez Pedro. More info can be found at

Speaking of free admission, Smithsonian Magazine’s 13th annual Museum Day Live! happens Sept. 23. This nationwide event offers free admission to an amazing selection of museums. Among the local participating institutions are the Autry Museum of the American West, the California African American Museum, the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, the Japanese American National Museum, and (on Sept. 24) the Zimmer Children’s Museum. Go to to get a free admission ticket and additional information. Each ticket is good for the ticketholder and one guest, and one ticket is permitted per email address.

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