Pilar Tompkins Rivas
Pilar Tompkins Rivas

Pilar Tompkins Rivas is Director of Residency Programs at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. She has served as arts project coordinator at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, curator of the Claremont Museum of Art and director of the Latin American branch of the Artist Pension Trust. As part of the Getty Research Institute’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, she curated Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in addition to co-curating the suite of exhibitions, L.A. Xicano, at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, LACMA and the Autry National Center.

Her many projects include Bas Jan Ader: Suspended Between Laughter and Tears, at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and Museo de Arte Zapopan, Mexico; Citizen, Participant at Darb 1718 Art Center in Cairo, Egypt; L’Ottava Tavola: An Etymology of Contemporary Codes at the Museum of the City of Cortona, Italy; Suelto at La Central gallery in Bogotá, Colombia; Post American L.A. at 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California; and Multiverse, The Passerby Museum and Vexing: Female Voices from East L.A. Punk at the Claremont Museum of Art, the latter of which represented the City of Los Angeles at the 2009 Guadalajara International Book Fair.

Recent Articles
Geochoreographies: Carolina Caycedo Versus Social and Natural Erasure
Geochoreographies: Carolina Caycedo Versus Social and Natural Erasure
"Be Dammed" is a multi-disciplinary project reflecting the artist's ongoing query into the development of mega-infrastructures over natural and social landscapes.
Welcome to Alexandra Grant's Interior Forest
Welcome to Alexandra Grant's Interior Forest
"Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest" is a project by L.A.-based artist Alexandra Grant encompassing a series of public drawing sessions, reading groups, artist collaborations and an installation at 18th Street Arts Center.
Cultural Cross-Pollination: Project Flower
Cultural Cross-Pollination: Project Flower
Project Flower looks at cultural registers, historical moments, and the space between rumor and fact circulating between Iran, Israel, and the United States.
Las Cafeteras: Crossing Genres to Become Agents of Change
Las Cafeteras: Crossing Genres to Become Agents of Change
The group Las Cafeteras was born from the Mexican folk music tradition of Son Jarocho. They explore the power of music to build and tell stories from their community.
Eamon Ore-Giron: Surfing the 'Latin American Cultural Reverb'
Eamon Ore-Giron: Surfing the 'Latin American Cultural Reverb'
Eamon Ore-Giron has funneled his enthusiasm for folk and pop mixes through multiple platforms including sculpture, video, painting, music and live performances. His work features in the 18th Street Arts Center's Artist Labs program.
The Balikbayan Box
The Balikbayan Box
Balikbayan boxes contain items destined for the loved ones that Filipino families in Los Angeles and beyond left behind in their homeland. The image of a balikbayan box appears in the new video installation "Perpetual Peace" by contemporary artist Michelle Dizon at 18th Street Arts Center.
The Re-imagined Histories of Iosif Kiraly
The Re-imagined Histories of Iosif Kiraly
Find out more about Romanian artist Iosif Kiraly who's residency at 18th Street Arts Center took place earlier this year.
The Sexy Flowers of Michiko Yao
The Sexy Flowers of Michiko Yao
Michiko Yao's work work explores the relationship between Western and Eastern imperialism, and references unique social behaviors and fantasies of contemporary Japan, including ikebana and modern fetish sub-cultures.
Non-Profit Beer? Cerveza as Art Project
Non-Profit Beer? Cerveza as Art Project
Cerveza Tupac is a delectable home-brewed beer. But it's not only a product; it's also considered an on-going artwork that explores the idea of generating community.
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