OPENING SEPTEMBER 16: The Cuban Matrix and Oracle

September 16, 2017

September 16, 2017

6:00 pm To 9:00 pm

Torrance Art Museum, Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA, United States

Admission is free.

Event Description

The Torrance Art Museum is pleased to invite you to attend the Opening Reception for our two upcoming exhibitions: The Cuban Matrix and Yoshua Okón: Oracle on Saturday, September 16The exhibitions run from September 9 – November 4, 2017. The exhibitions run from September 9 – November 4, 2017. TAM is pleased to be participating in this year’s Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative with these two stellar exhibitions, as well as the 4th SUR:Biennial.


The Cuban Matrix and Yoshua Okón: Oracle are TAM’s contribution to the amazing Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, 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.


The Cuban Matrix is an exhibition of contemporary Cuban artwork with emphasis on digital media exchange culture. Cuba is navigating two distinct temporal realities: the reality of economic isolation (the blockade) and that of instant communication made possible by increasing access to technology. The focus of The Cuban Matrix is the offline digital “mercado” (marketplace) sharing culture that has arisen around the phenomenon of “El Paquete Semanal”: a weekly terabyte packet comprised of downloaded webpages,information, and entertainment that is shared and consumed throughout Cuban society—a solution to the country’s limited access to virtual information systems. The works comprising The Cuban Matrix explore aspects of the digital mediation between Cuba and the rest of the world, delving into the intersection between the country’s isolation and its increasing interaction with modern technology.


Yoshua Okón: Oracle is a three-channel video installation that explores the social and political contradictions of the ongoing Central American children refugee crisis, immigration and the inadequacies of borders and nationalism. In 2014, Oracle, Arizona was the site of a large-scale protest against the entrance of unaccompanied children from Central America into the United States. Exploring both sides of the conflict, Okón spoke with children as well as members of AZ Border Defenders, the group that orchestrated the protest. The protestors are filmed in stark contrast to the children, who sing about the 1954 US invasion of Guatemala and the involvement of the government with transnational corporations. The title also refers to Oracle Corporation, a company whose first customer was the CIA. The installation questions the adequacy and the relevance of nationalism in this transnational age.


About the Organizers

Founded in 2005, the Torrance Art Museum is the premiere visual art space to view contemporary art in the South Bay. The museum encourages all people to develop and increase their understanding and appreciation for modern programs, artist talks, lectures, and symposia. Through its emphasis on contemporary artistic expression in Southern California and globally, the Torrance Art Museum brings together visual artists and community members; fosters experiences in the arts to strengthen creative and critical
thinking skills; and builds bridges between the visual arts and other disciplines in the humanities and sciences.

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