Book Release: How Many Billboards? Art in Stead

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Book Release: How Many Billboards? Art in Stead

835 N. Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
June 17th, 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

west hollywood/b.h.
323 651 1510
Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm
BILLBOARDS, public-art, public-space, publications, book photography, mixed-media, digital, installation, conceptual, landscape, sculpture
Free and open to the public


Please join the MAK Center at the Schindler House on Thursday, June 17 at 7 pm for a closing reception, publication release, and panel discussion for How Many Billboards? Art In Stead.

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House is pleased to release the exhibition catalogue for How Many Billboards? Art In Stead, an urban exhibition that debuted 21 newly commissioned artworks by leading contemporary artists, presented simultaneously on billboards throughout Los Angeles. An overview exhibition is on view at the Schindler House through June, 2010.

This release event will feature fresh-off-the-press catalogues at a special one-night-only price, and a discussion reflecting upon the exhibition and on the interpretation of art in the public sphere. Panelists include How Many Billboards? artists Ken Gonzales-Day and Christina Fernandez, attorney and intellectual property expert Christine Steiner, writer and Metabolic Studio team member Janet Owen Driggs, and West of Rome founder Emi Fontana. MAK Center director Kimberli Meyer will moderate the informal discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

For this night only, the MAK Center is offering the How Many Billboards? exhibition catalogue for a preview price of $30. On June 18th, it will go up to $40.

About the publication:

The 168 page, full-color publication documents and reflects upon the exhibition and its context, and includes contributions by project initiator, curator and MAK Center director Kimberli Meyer; co-curators Lisa Henry, Nizan Shaked, and Gloria Sutton; public art consultant Sara Daleiden; attorney and intellectual property expert Christine Steiner; curator, critic, and director of the Master of Public Art Studies Program: Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere at USC Joshua Decter; writer, artist and curator Janet Owen-Driggs; and artist and director of Freewaves Anne Bray. Photographs of the artworks in situ by architect Gerard Smulevich and photographer patricia parinejad are featured. The book was edited by artistic director and C.E.O of the MAK Vienna, Peter Noever, and Kimberli Meyer; published by Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg; and distributed by D.A.P.

About the exhibition:

In February 2010, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House launched How Many Billboards? Art In Stead. This large-scale, urban exhibition debuted 21 new works by leading contemporary artists, which were presented simultaneously on billboards throughout Los Angeles. How Many Billboards? was initiated and co-curated by MAK Center Director Kimberli Meyer, with co-curators Lisa Henry, Nizan Shaked, and Gloria Sutton, and public art consultant Sara Daleiden. The billboard projects were accompanied by an overview exhibition at the Schindler House from February 27 through May 30, 2010, as well as a series of public programs and tours.

Participating artists were Kenneth Anger, Michael Asher, Jennifer Bornstein, Eileen Cowin, Christina Fernandez, Ken Gonzales-Day, Renée Green, Kira Lynn Harris, John Knight, David Lamelas, Brandon Lattu, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Kori Newkirk, Yvonne Rainer, Martha Rosler with Josh Neufeld, Allen Ruppersberg, Allan Sekula, Susan Silton, Kerry Tribe, James Welling, and lauren woods.

For the exhibition, each artist was commissioned to create a new work that critically responded to the medium of the billboard and interpreted its role in the urban landscape. The exhibition followed decades of discussion amongst Los Angeles residents and officials about billboards and their impact on the city. How Many Billboards? investigated the political and artistic implications of these media surfaces that saturate the city’s landscape, while also offering an alternative vision for displaying art in Los Angeles. Investigating art as an idea, as well as art as a medium for critical intervention, the exhibition also highlighted the interaction of Pop, Conceptualism, Identity Politics, and architecture in Los Angeles since the 1960s.