sEPTEMBER 9 - nOVEMBER 4, 2017


The Cuban Matrix

Opening Reception:
September 16, 2017, 6 - 9pm

Marking Torrance Art Museum’s (TAM) third time participating in SUR:biennial and first exhibition affiliated with the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time initiatives, TAM is pleased to announce The Cuban Matrix, opening at Torrance Art Museum on September 16, 2017.

This exhibition is organized by Maurizzio Hector Pineda, Benjamin W. Tippin, and Melissa Tran under the direction of Max Presneill, the museum’s director, and along with the assistance and support of the team of Torrance Art Museum and the Torrance Art Museum Advocates (TAMA). Participating artists include: Ariamna Contino, Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera, Jorge Otero Escobar, Diana Fonseca, Alexander Hernandez, Tony Labat with Juan Carlos Alom, Francisco Maso, and Esterio Segura.

This exhibition is an ambitious project featuring an in-depth look at contemporary Cuban artwork, with emphasis on digital media exchange culture. The focus of the exhibition is the offline digital “mercado” (marketplace) sharing culture that has arisen around the phenomenon of “El Paquete Semanal”: a weekly terabyte packet of entertainment, downloaded webpages and information that is carried into Cuba, shared and consumed throughout Cuban society.


Gallery two:

Yoshua Okón: ORACLE

Torrance Art Museum is also pleased to host the Los Angeles premiere of Yoshua Okon’s Oracle, a three-channel video installation performing the social and political contradictions surrounding the ongoing Central American children refugee crisis, immigration, borders and nationalism.



January 20 - March 10, 2018


Exhibition organized by Gioj De Marco and Elizabeth Withstandley.

What constitutes pretense, is that, in the end, you don’t know if it’s pretense or not.
— Jacques Lacan, Le seminaire, Livre III: Les psychoses

The artists in SMOKE AND MIRRORS investigate the nature of reality; how objects, memories,
ideas come into being, how they persist and how they cease to exist. The works want to make ghosts
appear in the flesh and, at the same time reveal their illusionary nature. These artists are magicians
of their trade, oblique translators of both physical and virtual environments, recreating stages and
props, histories and identities. By exploring the space between known and unverifiable realities, they
shed light on the infinite vagueness of the anthropocentric universe.

The exhibition encompasses video, sculpture, installation and performance and presents artists from
Argentina, Finland, France, Italy, Germany and the United States.