RUBÉN ORTIZ TORRES
WHITE WASHED AMERICA
PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: LA/LA
SEP 24 - DEC 10, 2017
Royale Projects is proud to present Rubén Ortiz Torres’ first major solo exhibition in Southern California since 2011. This exhibition highlights new works including the tricked-out, hyrdaulic shopping cart titled Shopper Hopper and numerous works influenced by low-rider cars, punk, anarchism, minimalism, and the destruction and now preservation of David Siqueiros’ mural América Tropical in Los Angeles. This exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin America and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.
Born in Mexico City in 1964, Ortiz Torres is faculty at University of California, San Diego. He received an MFA from the California Institute of Arts in 1992 and studied at the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions and video screenings throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. His work is in major collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (Mexico City), La Colección Jumex (Mexico City), Mexican Museum of Fine Arts (Chicago), Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Metropolitan Museum (New York), The Smithsonian Museum of American Art (Washtington, D.C.), The Tate Modern (London), and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid). Ortíz Torres and his work have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Reforma and La Jornada (Mexico), and El País (Spain). He is a recipient of awards from the Fulbright Foundation, Andrea Frank Foundation, Foundations for Contemporary Performance Art, and U.S. Mexico Fund for Culture.
Ortiz Torres is participating in two Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA group exhibitions at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and University of California, Riverside’s ARTSblock. He is co-curator and originator of the group exhibition How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney for the MAK Center. He is also coeditor and photographer of the book L.A. Collects L.A. – Latin America in Southern California Collections.