The Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA, a celebration of performance art presented as part of the Getty-led initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, will run from January 11 through 21, 2018. Organized by REDCAT,

CalArts’ Center for Contemporary Arts, in collaboration with partner organizations throughout the city, the 11-day festival will feature more than 75 works by Latin American and Latino artists, performed at more than 20 indoor and outdoor spaces throughout greater Los Angeles. Supported by a major grant from the Getty Foundation, events will range from large-scale, site-specific performances to multi-artist evenings and will be presented in parks, plazas, galleries, theaters, and busy urban settings.


“Over the last two months, art museums, galleries, and performing arts spaces throughout Southern California have presented exhibitions and events as part of PST: LA/LA, inspiring thousands of people to explore works by Latin American, Latino, and Chicano artists,” said James Cuno, President and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

“Now, with the Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA, supported by the Getty Foundation, we will connect artists from more than a dozen countries with communities throughout Los Angeles with vital performances that address a variety of issues relevant to the people of the regions represented throughout PST: LA/LA.”


“We’re enthusiastic about working with our partner organizations to present events ranging from community-based projects in neighborhood parks to industrial-strength performance installations,” said Mark Murphy, Executive Director of REDCAT, who is organizing the festival with Associate Director Edgar Miramontes and Gallery Director/Curator Ruth Estévez. “Many of these influential artists are confronting urgent topics, building on the traditions of performance art practice in Latin America and Southern California that are deeply rooted in a history of political and social activism, protest, and struggles for human rights and against colonialism.


Other festival highlights will include an opening celebration featuring groundbreaking Mexican artist Astrid Hadad, the fierce Mexico City diva of performance art; an outdoor motorcycle performance on an artist-designed obstacle course by LA-based artist Carmen Argote an ambitious, three-part performance by Rafa Esparza at MOCA Geffen, created for the festival and Sylvia Palacios Whitman’s reenactment of actions from the 1970s, presented at the REDCAT gallery.


Collaborative programs featuring a variety of performers and voices include an interdisciplinary evening of music, spoken word, theater, comedy, and the visual arts at the historic Mayan Theater; a two-day performance art biennial in partnership with the USC Roski School of Arts and Design; and a performance and social practice event featuring new works by five LA-based artists responding to works in the PST: LA/LA exhibition Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell at the Vincent Price Art Museum.


Organizations partnering with REDCAT to present Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA programs include 18th Street Art Center, The Armory Center for the Arts, The Broad, Hammer Museum, Human Resources LA, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Machine Project, The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), USC Roski School of Art & Design, Self Help Graphics & Art, Skirball Cultural Center, and the Vincent Price Art Museum.
Many of the performances are free. For a complete festival schedule and ticketing information visit