An Artist's Perspective > Rubén Ortiz Torres

Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017 - 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

This event takes place at The LOT, 7611 Fay Ave., La Jolla

MCASD’s La Jolla facility closed earlier this year in preparation for a major expansion, but our presence in the community continues with many cultural partnerships, including this exciting series at The LOT. An Artist’s Perspective features acclaimed artists from around the region and this fall’s lecture will feature Los Angeles-based artist Rubén Ortiz Torres.
Rubén Ortiz Torres deals with issues revolving around the borderlands of Mexico and the United States. His works, which are executed in diverse media including painting, photography, video, and sculpture, address global issues that rise from local concerns. Ironic and humorous, Ortiz Torres’s work relies on puns that may be evident or cryptic: the viewer is often asked to navigate two languages—English and Spanish—as well as vernacular variations from the borderlands.
In a series of works began in 1992, he alters baseball caps to comment on the manipulation of popular icons. Referencing youth culture’s use of sport attire as a fashion accessory, his linguistic plays with the names of major league baseball teams interweave events of political and historical significance. MCASD is proud to own three of these works, two of which are included in the exhibition Go Tell It: Selections from MCASD’s Collection.
This program is free for Members, $20 for non-members, and $5 for students. Doors open at 5:30 PM and preferred seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Image: Ruben Ortiz Torres, 1492 Indians Vs. Dukes, 1993, stitched lettering and airbrushed inks on baseball caps, diptych: 7 1/2 x 11 x 5 in., each of 2. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Youmans by exchange, 2001. 7. A-B. (c) Ruben Ortiz Torres 1993.