Upcoming Exhibitions


History Keepers - Traversing Los Angeles
Looking from Wall Street between 8th and 9th Streets, 1932
Anton Wagner (Photographer, 1904–2001)
Looking from Wall Street between 8th and 9th
, 1932
California Historical Society
Copter Tested as Traffic Director, 1953
Copter Tested as Traffic Director, 1953
Courtesy of Los Angeles Times Photographic Archives, UCLA Library Special Collections
August 5, 2016 - August 27, 2016

History Keepers
Traversing Los Angeles

An exhibition by the California Historical Society and L.A. as Subject, presented in partnership with El Pueblo Historical Monument and the El Pueblo Park Association

El Tranquilo Gallery & Visitor Center
634 N. Main Street (entrance on Olvera Street)
Tues.–Fri., 10:00am – 3:00pm; Sat. & Sun., 9:00am – 4:00pm

Making our way around our sprawling Los Angeles is a fundamental aspect of our lives. But what if you didn’t have to take a car, bus, or train—or bike or walk—to experience L.A.? In this exhibition, unique and curious objects from around the region bring our multifaceted city to us. Each tells a story about Los Angeles—how we move through it and how it moves through us. From individual collectors to cultural and educational organizations, history keepers from Southern California take us to corners of our region we’ve never seen or ones long gone.


¡Murales Rebeldes!: Contested Chicana/o Public Art
Barbara Carrasco, L.A. History: A Mexican
Courtesy of the artist
September 4, 2017 - January 29, 2018

¡Murales Rebeldes!: Contested Chicana/o Public Art

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 North Main Street
Los Angeles, California

The California Historical Society, in partnership with LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, will present ¡Murales Rebeldes!: Contested Chicana/o Public Art, an exhibition exploring the way in which Chicana/o murals in the greater Los Angeles area have been contested, challenged, censored, and even destroyed.

Murals became an essential form of artist response and public voice during the Chicano protests of the 1960s and 1970s. They were a means of expressing both pride and frustration at a time when other channels of communication were limited for the Mexican-American community.

¡Murales Rebeldes!: Contested Chicana/o Public Art is part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Through photography, sketches, related art works, and ephemera, ¡Murales Rebeldes!: Contested Chicana/o Public Art will tell the story of murals by Barbara Carrasco, Sergio O’Cadiz, Roberto Chavez, Willie Herron, and others from their genesis to their end.

In this exhibition at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes—in the historic heart of Los Angeles at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument—CHS and LA Plaza will examine the iconography, content, and artistic strategies of key Los Angeles area Chicana/o murals that have made others uncomfortable to the point of provoking a contrary response, delving into the murals’ complicated creation and subsequent disturbing history of censorship.

About Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

Led by the Getty, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is the latest collaborative effort from arts institutions across southern California. This year’s initiative will implicitly raise complex and provocative issues about present-day relations throughout the Americas and the rapidly changing social and cultural fabric of southern California.

Through a series of thematically linked exhibitions, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA will present a wide variety of important works of art, from modern and contemporary art to the ancient world and the pre-modern era. The exhibitions will range from monographic studies of individual artists to broad surveys that cut across numerous countries.

The California Historical Society and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes—a cultural center focused on the Mexican-American experience in Los Angeles and Southern California—are among 60 museums and cultural institutions taking part in this unprecedented collaboration of arts institutions in southern California focusing on the contributions of Latin American artists to the culture and history of the Southland.

About LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is the nation’s premier center of Mexican American culture. Providing an experience unlike any other, LA Plaza’s interactive exhibits and dynamic programs invite visitors of all backgrounds to explore as well as contribute to the ongoing story of Mexican Americans in Los Angeles and beyond. Located near the site where Los Angeles was founded in 1781, LA Plaza’s 2.2-acre campus includes two historic and newly renovated buildings (the Vickrey-Brunswig Building and Plaza House) surrounded by 30,000 square feet of public garden. The California Historical Society is pleased to establish its southern California offices in this historic building.

Learn more about the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

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