Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only

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Installation view at Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, June 12 –August 28, 2016 © Courtesy of the artist and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photo: Brian Forrest.
© Courtesy of the Artist and Hammer Museum
Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only

10899 Wilshire Boulevard
90024 Los Angeles
June 12th, 2016 - August 28th, 2016
Opening: June 12th, 2016 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

culver city/west la
Tue-Fri 11-8; Sat-Sun 11-5
painting, video-art, sculpture, installation, performance


The third iteration of the Hammer’s biennial exhibition continues to highlight the practices of artists working throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. 

As part of an ongoing series, Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only addresses Los Angeles as a center of activity inseparable from the global network of art production and reveals how artists move fluidly between contexts and respond to their local conditions. Subtitled by the minimalist poet and writer Aram Saroyan as his contribution to the exhibition, Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only extends into such disciplines as dance, fashion, literature, music, film, and performance. 

Rather than a unifying regional aesthetic, sensibility, or identity historically associated with Los Angeles, Made in L.A. 2016 focuses on artists from different disciplinary backgrounds, allowing individual projects and bodies of work to shape the overall exhibition. It features condensed monographic surveys, comprehensive displays of multiyear projects, the premiere of new bodies of work, and newly commissioned works from emerging artists.  

Funded through the generosity of Los Angeles philanthropists and art collectors Jarl and Pamela Mohn, The Mohn Award ($100,000) and the Career Achievement Award ($25,000) will be selected by a professional jury, and the Public Recognition Award ($25,000) will be determined through a public vote. All the artists in the exhibition are eligible to receive the awards. Learn more about the awards.

The Hammer’s biennial exhibition series Made in L.A. focuses exclusively on artists from the L.A. region with an emphasis on emerging and under-recognized artists. The Los Angeles biennial debuts new installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances, and paintings commissioned specifically for the exhibition and offers insight into  the current trends and practices coming out of Los Angeles, one of the most active and energetic art communities in the world. Made in L.A. began in 2012 with a second iteration in 2014, and followed the tradition of the Hammer Invitational exhibitions, which occurred every two years and included Snapshot (2001), International Paper (2003), Thing (2005), Eden’s Edge (2007), Nine Lives (2009), and All of this and nothing (2011).  

Made in L.A. 2012 was organized by Anne Ellegood and Ali Subotnick of the Hammer, and Lauri Firstenberg, Malik Gaines, and Cesar Garcia of LA >< ART.

Made in L.A. 2014 was co-curated by Hammer Chief Curator Connie Butler and Los Angeles based independent curator Michael Ned Holte.

Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only is organized by Hammer curator Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker, director of education and associate curator, Renaissance Society, with January Parkos Arnall, curatorial assistant, Public Engagement and MacKenzie Stevens, curatorial assistant.

The exhibition is presented by 

The exhibition is made possible, in part, by the Mohn Family Foundation and members of the Hammer Circle. 

Major support is provided by Nick Grouf and Shana Eddy-Grouf. Generous funding is also provided by Viveca Paulin-Ferrell and Will Ferrell, Dori and Charles Mostov, Beth Rudin DeWoody and The May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, and The Fran and Ray Stark Foundation. Additional underwriting by Andrew Nikou, the Pasadena Art Alliance, and Mark Sandelson. 

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