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Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG)

Exhibition Detail


June 2nd, 2012 - September 2nd, 2012
Opening: 
June 3rd, 2012 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 
Jesse Owens in ’36, Henry TaylorHenry Taylor, Jesse Owens in ’36,
2010, Acrylic on canvas, 87 ½ x 77 in. (222.3 x 195.6 cm)
© Courtesy the artist and Untitled, New York
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Los Angeles—The Hammer Museum and LA><ART are pleased to announce the artists participating in the upcoming Made in L.A. 2012, the first in an ongoing series of biennial exhibitions focused on new work created by artists in the Los Angeles region. Made in L.A. 2012, organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LA><ART, will be presented at the Hammer Museum, LA><ART in Culver City, and the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park from June 2–September 2, 2012. Building upon the tradition of Hammer Invitational exhibitions, Made in L.A. 2012 will feature sixty artists with an emphasis on emerging and under-recognized artists. In addition to painting, installation, video, and sculpture, Made in L.A. 2012 features six performance artists whose work will be performed at both the Hammer and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG). The exhibition will include a full roster of public programming as well as a comprehensive hardcover catalogue.

"For over a decade, every two years, the Hammer has mounted an Invitational exhibition: Snapshot, International Paper, Thing, Nine Lives, and most recently All of this and nothing. These shows, with a few exceptions, focused primarily on artists from L.A. With Made in L.A. what we are essentially doing is clarifying this pattern and calling it what it is—a biennial—a word that everyone seems to understand," remarks Hammer Director Annie Philbin. "Our decision to focus exclusively on L.A. artists reinforces our ongoing commitment to the creative community that make this city so vibrant."

Made in L.A. 2012 is organized by a team of curators from the Hammer and LA><ART: Hammer Senior Curator Anne Ellegood, Hammer curator Ali Subotnick, LA><ART Director and Chief Curator Lauri Firstenberg, LA><ART Associate Director and Senior Curator Cesar Garcia, and LA><ART curator-at-large Malik Gaines. These curators have been working together for over 16 months, visiting hundreds of studios and galleries and meeting regularly to review and narrow down their selections to artists that they unanimously agreed to include. Out of those studio visits and curatorial meetings certain threads and preoccupations connecting the artists began to emerge which guided the organization of the exhibition.

“Working with this curatorial team has been a gift and a highlight of this project. Our process was one of dynamic discussion and negotiation and our disparate approaches and priorities created a heterogeneous methodology to researching cultural production in L.A. at this moment,“ explains LA><ART Director Lauri Firstenberg. “The loose concepts of archeology, materiality, theatricality, subjectivity, and mythology rose to the surface in our curatorial sessions as threads for establishing relationships between the works. Though the installation is not explicitly organized around these ideas, they are certainly explored in the catalogue.”

This exhibition will debut nearly all new installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances, drawings, and paintings created specifically for Made in L.A. 2012. There are ten major new Los Angeles—The Hammer Museum and LA><ART are pleased to announce the artists participating in the upcoming Made in L.A. 2012, the first in an ongoing series of biennial exhibitions focused on new work created by artists in the Los Angeles region. Made in L.A. 2012, organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LA><ART, will be presented at the Hammer Museum, LA><ART in Culver City, and the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park from June 2–September 2, 2012. Building upon the tradition of Hammer Invitational exhibitions, Made in L.A. 2012 will feature sixty artists with an emphasis on emerging and under-recognized artists. In addition to painting, installation, video, and sculpture, Made in L.A. 2012 features six performance artists whose work will be performed at both the Hammer and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG). The exhibition will include a full roster of public programming as well as a comprehensive hardcover catalogue.

"For over a decade, every two years, the Hammer has mounted an Invitational exhibition: Snapshot, International Paper, Thing, Nine Lives, and most recently All of this and nothing. These shows, with a few exceptions, focused primarily on artists from L.A. With Made in L.A. what we are essentially doing is clarifying this pattern and calling it what it is—a biennial—a word that everyone seems to understand," remarks Hammer Director Annie Philbin. "Our decision to focus exclusively on L.A. artists reinforces our ongoing commitment to the creative community that make this city so vibrant."

Made in L.A. 2012 is organized by a team of curators from the Hammer and LA><ART: Hammer Senior Curator Anne Ellegood, Hammer curator Ali Subotnick, LA><ART Director and Chief Curator Lauri Firstenberg, LA><ART Associate Director and Senior Curator Cesar Garcia, and LA><ART curator-at-large Malik Gaines. These curators have been working together for over 16 months, visiting hundreds of studios and galleries and meeting regularly to review and narrow down their selections to artists that they unanimously agreed to include. Out of those studio visits and curatorial meetings certain threads and preoccupations connecting the artists began to emerge which guided the organization of the exhibition.

“Working with this curatorial team has been a gift and a highlight of this project. Our process was one of dynamic discussion and negotiation and our disparate approaches and priorities created a heterogeneous methodology to researching cultural production in L.A. at this moment,“ explains LA><ART Director Lauri Firstenberg. “The loose concepts of archeology, materiality, theatricality, subjectivity, and mythology rose to the surface in our curatorial sessions as threads for establishing relationships between the works. Though the installation is not explicitly organized around these ideas, they are certainly explored in the catalogue.”

This exhibition will debut nearly all new installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances, drawings, and paintings created specifically for Made in L.A. 2012. There are ten major new commissions for the exhibition and, in contrast to most biennials, every artist has received an honorarium. In conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012 curator Ali Subotnick is also organizing the Venice Beach Biennial 2012 on July 13–15, 2012. This special weekend event highlights the often unconventional and irreverent nature of L.A.’s art scene. Altogether, Made in L.A. 2012 and its accompanying programs, events, and catalogue will offer a snapshot of the current trends and practices coming out of Los Angeles, one of the most active and energetic art communities in the world.

 

 


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