Symposium Features Top Art Historians

Renowned critics, academics and Guatemalan art historians will be featured at a day-long symposium exploring Guatemalan visual art production from the 1960s to the present day on Friday, Oct. 20, at Westmont’s Porter Theatre. The event, hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara and Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, is the culmination of the exhibition “Guatemala from 33,000 km: Contemporary Art, 1960 – Present.” Tickets, which cost $25 for the general public or $15 for students and members of MCASB or the Westmont Art Council, may be purchased online.

Rosina Cazali, Martín Fernández, Silvia Herrera Ubico, and Mario Roberto Morales, who served as the Advisory Committee for the exhibition, will speak at the symposium as well as co-curators Miki Garcia and Emiliano Valdés.

“Guatemala from 33,000 km,” part of the Getty’s ambitious Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, features works of art created in Guatemala just after the start of the civil war in 1960 to the present day. The symposium includes three talks, “Violence, Trauma, and Political Art in the City and the Countryside,” “Popular Cultures and Abstraction: Images and Ideas in Transition” and “Thoughts and Works on Identity: Religion, Race and Gender in Guatemalan Contemporary Art.”

The symposium is part of the Pacific Standard Time LA/LA Santa Barbara Weekend. Additional information on events and exhibitions can be found at