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Houseguest is a series of exhibitions at the Hammer Museum that invites artists to curate an exhibition based on the Museum’s and UCLA’s diverse co llections. For this exhibition\, entitled Imitation of Christ\, Los Angeles-based artist William E. Jones was inspired by a photograph o f a wounded guerrilla fighter taken by Pedro Meyer in Nicaragua in the earl y 1980s. The selection of works is loosely based upon aspects of this power ful and disturbing photograph\; among them are the nudity and concealment o f the subject’s body\, its status as a document of the trauma of war\, and the notion that its subject has made a sacrifice for a higher purpose. The exhibition also asks two separate questions—How is it possible to make an i mage of revolution? How is it possible to make a religious image?—and sugge sts that they have profound connections. Imitation of Christ encompa sses a diverse range of objects\, including Renaissance and Baroque prints and drawings\, documentary photographs\, Latin American art\, and rare book s. The exhibition draws from the collection of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts at the Hammer Museum and from the Charles E. Young Research Li brary Department of Special Collections. The Houseguest series is organized by curator Allegra Pesenti.

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William E. Jones\, born in Ohio in 1962\, is an artist and fi lmmaker based in Los Angeles. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Yale University in 1985\, he went on to complete his MFA in 1990 at Califo rnia Institute of the Arts\, Valencia. His subtle and often deeply research ed films\, videos\, installations\, and writings have covered a wide range of topics including gay subcultures\, the production and counterfeiting of currency\, and the materiality of film and photography as mediums. These pr ojects have been the focus of solo exhibitions at The Modern Institute\, Gl asgow\, Scotland\; the Wexner Center for the Arts\, Columbus\, OH\; White C ube\, London\; and David Kordansky Gallery\, Los Angeles. His films have re ceived retrospectives at Tate Modern\, London (2005)\, Anthology Film Archi ves\, New York (2010)\, and the Austrian Film Museum\, Vienna (2011). Impor tant group exhibitions include the 1993 and 2008 Whitney Biennials\, the No rdic Pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009\, and the 12th Istanbul B iennial in 2011. In addition\, Jones has also published numerous artists’ b ooks\, including Tearoom (2008)\, Heliogabalus (2009)\, Ki lled: Rejected Images of the Farm Security Administration (2010)\, and  Halsted Plays Himself (2011).

DTEND:20130818 DTSTAMP:20140922T175112 DTSTART:20130519 GEO:34.0593793;-118.4437966 LOCATION:Hammer Museum\,10899 Wilshire Boulevard \nLos Angeles\, CA 90024 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Houseguest: Imitation of Christ UID:271285 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130519T170000 DTSTAMP:20140922T175113 DTSTART:20130519T110000 GEO:34.0593793;-118.4437966 LOCATION:Hammer Museum\,10899 Wilshire Boulevard \nLos Angeles\, CA 90024 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Houseguest: Imitation of Christ UID:271286 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR