Well, this is one way to make an egg

A tiny, ovoid mu­seum in Gu­atemala will be re-created and trans­ported to L.A. for Pa­cific Stan­dard Time.

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - By Carolina A. Mi­randa carolina.mi­randa@ la­times.com Twit­ter: @cmon­stah

In Gu­atemala City, there is a con­tem­po­rary art mu­seum housed in a small struc­ture in the shape of an egg — a space that, on a good day, can ac­com­mo­date a to­tal of four peo­ple. In Au­gust, a replica of that egg will make the jour­ney over­land from Gu­atemala to the Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art as part of the Getty-funded Pa­cific Stan­dard Time: Los An­ge­les/Latin Amer­ica (or PST LA/LA, as it’s known).

To cover the costs of recre­at­ing the egg and trans­port­ing it 3,000 miles — from Gu­atemala through Mex­ico into Texas and, ul­ti­mately, to Cal­i­for­nia — LACMA is launch­ing its first-ever Kick­starter cam­paign.

The goal: to raise $75,000 to cover fab­ri­ca­tion, trans­porta­tion and pro­gram­ming costs so that the NuMu (short for Nuevo Museo de Art Con­tem­porá­neo) can take up res­i­dence on the grounds at LACMA as part of the up­com­ing PST ex­hi­bi­tion “A Uni­ver­sal His­tory of In­famy.”

The mu­seum was founded in 2012 by artists Jes­sica Kairé and Ste­fan Ben­choam and has fea­tured works by fig­ures such as per­for­mance artist Regina José Galindo and con­cep­tu­al­ist Mario Gar­cía Tor­res. The space came to the at­ten­tion of LACMA cu­ra­tors as they con­ducted re­search on con­tem­po­rary art prac­tices in Cen­tral Amer­ica for PST.

“It’s play­ful, but it was also dead se­ri­ous when it comes to the ef­fort,” said LACMA’s Rita Gon­za­lez, cocu­ra­tor of the ex­hi­bi­tion. “We were re­ally im­pacted go­ing to NuMu. It was the spirit of the place — two artists who launched a con­tem­po­rary art mu­seum in a for­mer egg stand.”

Gon­za­lez said that for “A Uni­ver­sal His­tory of In­famy,” a group ex­hi­bi­tion that looks at the ways in which artists’ prac­tices ex­tend be­yond the world of fine art, they didn’t want to rep­re­sent the NuMu with a wall of pho­tos and doc­u­men­ta­tion.

“The artists said, ‘We want to do this, and we want to do it big: We want to make a replica and drive it to the U.S.,’ ” Gon­za­lez said. “We were, like, it’s crazy — but let’s do it!”

That, how­ever, added a ma­jor ex­pense to the show’s bot­tom line — hence the Kick­starter ef­fort.

The egg is ten­ta­tively sched­uled to de­part Gu­atemala City in mid-Au­gust, af­ter which it will make pit stops in the Mex­i­can cities of Oax­aca, Mex­ico City and Guadala­jara, be­fore en­ter­ing the U.S. at Laredo, Texas. It would land in Los An­ge­les in early Sep­tem­ber, in ad­vance of the Getty’s main PST LA/LA kick­off event, which in­cludes a con­cert at the Hol­ly­wood Bowl.

Gon­za­lez said that though the mu­seum hails from Gu­atemala, its egg shape will make it right at home in Los An­ge­les.

“This is the place of dough­nut and tamale build­ings,” she ex­plains. “Now it will have an egg.”

Pho­to­graphs from NuMu

THE MI­NUS­CULE Nuevo Museo de Art Con­tem­porá­neo in Gu­atemala City.

ART is dis­played in a for­mer egg stand. A Kick­starter cam­paign has been or­ga­nized to fund its du­pli­ca­tion.

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