A conversation between artist Sharon Lockhart, architects Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena, moderated by curator Karin Higa. On the occasion of the LACMA Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol exhibition, Sharon Lockhart, Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena discuss their 13 years of collaborations on the artist's installations, Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 7:30pm.
Sharon Lockhart makes photographs and films that involve years of in-depth research and collaboration with communities. Her projects are conceptually rigorous, formally precise, and socially and historically grounded, often dealing with the subject of labor. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at major museums worldwide, including Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Kunsthalle Zürich, the Vienna Secession, and the San Francisco Museum of Art. Her newest body of work, Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol was shown at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and is now open at the LACMA. In the fall, the exhibition will travel to the Jewish Museum in New York, followed by Thyssen-Bornmeszia Art Contemporary in Vienna. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Established in 1997, Escher GuneWardena Architecture has a broad range of projects that have been published and exhibited internationally. Their work address issues of sustainability, affordability, and the dialogue between form and construction, and seek to establish simple formal manifestations of the complexities of each project. The firm’s interest in contemporary art has led to various collaborations with artists and art related projects, including the Blum & Poe gallery (2009) in Los Angeles.
As a curator, Karin Higa has organized a wide-range of historical and contemporary art exhibitions including "Living Flowers: Ikebana and Contemporary Art." She is currently working on a study of art and culture in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo in the pre-World War II period and serves as the West Coast specialist for the Isamu Noguchi catalogue raisonné project.