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Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney: downSTAGE with The Frame

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

As part of the Getty’s “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House and the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State Los Angeles will present “How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney.” This joint exhibition will explore the history of Disney’s engagement with Latin American imagery and the ways in which Latin American artists responded to, played with, re-appropriated and misappropriated Disney’s iconography.

In 1941, Walt Disney and a group of 18 artists, musicians and screenwriters traveled to South America looking for inspiration and content for The Three Caballeros and other animated features. These films were produced as part of the U.S. government’s “Good Neighbor” policy during World War II. Their production initiated a long and complex history in which Latin Americans frequently criticized Disney as a representative of North American imperialism.

On Sunday, Sep. 10, KPCC’s John Horn traveled to the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State Los Angeles’ Intimate Theatre and hosted a conversation with special guests as part of a live-taping for The Frame. Following the program, attendees were invited to attend the opening reception hosted by the Luckman.


Rubén Ortiz-Torres and Jesse Lerner, co-curators of “How to Read El Pato Pascual: Disney’s Latin America and Latin America’s Disney”

Mariangeles Soto-Diaz, artist

Ted Thomas, director of documentary film "Walt & El Grupo"


Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA” is a collaborative effort led by the Getty to explore Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. It involves over seventy arts organizations from around Southern California and will take place September 2017 through January 2018.

KPCC In Person’s “downSTAGE” talks take place with artists and special guests before, during or following a performance or gallery show. These conversations occur in front of a live audience and are recorded and distributed on KPCC.

This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council. More information at